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Qantaslink's First A220 Melbourne-Hobart Service

DALLAS — Qantas Airways’ (QF) wholly owned subsidiary airline, Qantaslink, completed its inaugural Melbourne (MEL) to Hobart (HBA) today, July 1, 2024. The flight was operated by the airline’s new Airbus A220 aircraft. 

QantasLink has ambitious plans for the A220, with up to 26 weekly flights scheduled between Melbourne and the Tasmanian city of Hobart. Starting from November 12, 2024, QF will operate the A220 between Melbourne and Launceston. 

This expansion also includes Qantas' investment in a new lounge at HBA, set to open in 2027. These detailed plans ensure that passengers are well-informed and prepared for the upcoming changes. 

The A220 flying the MEL-HBA service was VH-X4A, named “Minyma Kutjara Tjukurpa.” It had a striking Aboriginal paint scheme instead of the Qantas group’s typical red tail.

QantasLink’s 29-strong Airbus A220 order was a move to gradually replace QF’s aging Boeing 717 fleet as part of the Qantas group’s domestic fleet renewal program. 

VH-X4A, QantasLink’s first A220. Photo: Nick Sheeder/Airways

Excitement for the A220

QantasLink’s A220 can seat up to 137 passengers, with 10 in Business class in a 2-2 configuration and 127 in Economy in a 2-3 configuration. In addition, QF’s A220 offers free WiFi on board and IFE streaming to your electronic device through Qantas’ Entertainment App. 

Qantas Group Executive Mr Andrew Parker expressed his enthusiasm about QF’s A220, highlighting the positive feedback from customers. He said, “Feedback from customers about the A220 has been fantastic, and we’re really excited to be bringing it to Tasmania for the first time.”

This reassurance from customers is a testament to the quality and comfort of the new aircraft.

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