Qantas is set to revamp its Canberra services in the later half of the year in a move that may not please all travellers.
Selected flights on the Sydney-Canberra, Brisbane-Canberra and Melbourne-Canberra routes will be downsized from the current Qantas Boeing 737 jets to smaller QantasLink Boeing 717 aircraft, allowing the larger 737s to be used on other higher-traffic routes.
Those 717s, which a Qantas spokesman advised are being leased from Boeing Capital, will come fitted with business class – a marked change from the 'all-economy' configuration of the regional airline's refitted Boeing 717s, which pack 125 economy seats form tip to tail.
Passengers in the pointy end will also enjoy "premium food and drinks", said QantasLink Executive Manager John Gissing, who added that the Boeing 717's "size and configuration (are) ideally suited to these routes."
Also on the agenda is inflight entertainment, which could take the shape of Qantas' Q Streaming system which beams movies and music wirelessly to iPads.
"We will also be providing individual in-flight entertainment for all customers - both Business and Economy - and are currently testing the latest technology" Gissing said.
QantasLink's enhanced Boeing 717 services will take on Virgin Australia's upgraded Embraer E190 CapitalConnect fleet as both airlines work hard to woo politicians, public servants and lobbyists.
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