Qantas is ramping up its presence in Hobart with regional arm QantasLink adding 11 return flights a week to its roster from Sydney and Melbourne and making for easier connections with airline’s international flights to destinations such as Los Angeles, Shanghai and Tokyo.
Served by QantasLink’s newer Boeing 717 aircraft, passengers can stretch out in one of 12 leather business class seats at the pointy end…
… or can make the journey in economy, with both inflight entertainment and an inclusive meal and beverage service as you’d expect on Qantas’ larger mainline aircraft.
Taking effect from March 8 2016, here’s what QantasLink’s new Hobart schedule will look like:
Qantas caused a stir last year with the handover of its Hobart flights to QantasLink and the resultant replacement of the larger – and now retired – Boeing 737-400s with QantasLink’s smaller Boeing 717 jets, although the passenger experience is largely mirrored on both planes, and now improved on the 717s.
For example, QantasLink previously utilised Sydney Airport’s Terminal 2 which offered a Qantas Club but lacked a true business class lounge. Now, QantasLink flights depart from and arrive at Terminal 3 which also offers Business Lounge and Chairman’s Lounge facilities.
The airline also introduced new business class seats and an upgraded economy cabin on a portion of its Boeing 717 fleet, along with Q Streaming technology in which Qantas beams movies, TV shows and music to travellers’ own devices.
Competitor Virgin Australia continues to serve Hobart with its Embraer 190 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft – both of which provide a business class service – although the airline trails Qantas in not having a lounge for its premium passengers and frequent flyers at Hobart Airport.
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