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Responding to a growing travel demand, Qantas is launching further five E190s for its domestic operations.
The Embraer E190 aircraft will be deployed in Adelaide as part of a deal with Alliance Airlines. The agreement allows Qantas to utilize up to 14 aircraft provided by Alliance Airlines.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said, „The E190 is a great aircraft for the Adelaide market, with its size, range and economics opening up a number of new destinations that wouln‘t be viable with the larger 737 aircraft.“
With the aircraft having a 94-passenger capacity and a five-hour range, Qantas seeks to boost its presence out of Adelaide and increase connections to other parts of Australia. A number of routes from Adelaide will be announced at a later point. The E190 will also fly on routes between Darwin and Canberra from June 21 2021.
The jets will be painted in QantasLink livery and will support the airline in growing its local capacity to 107% of pre-COVID levels in fiscal year 2022.
Qantas also claims an additional 200 jobs will be created, including pilots, cabin crew, and engineers recruited by Alliance.