Operating a wide range of domestic flights across Australia spanning short regional hops to journeys between the major capitals, QantasLink's fleet and network are equally varied.
With many of the perks travellers have come to expect – including Qantas Points, airport lounges and other perks for frequent flyers – here's your guide to travelling with QantasLink: an affiliate member of the Oneworld alliance.
QantasLink fleet, seat maps
QantasLink currently operates a variety of aircraft to suit various routes and passenger numbers, as below.
QantasLink Bombardier Dash 8
Within the Bombardier 'Dash 8' family, QantasLink counts three types of turboprops: the 200 Series, the 300 Series, and the Q400 series.
The Dash 8 200 Series, shown below, can seat 36 passengers across nine rows, in a 2-2 layout. This makes it the smallest member of the QantasLink fleet:
Larger in size, the Dash 8 300 Series makes room for 50 passengers, again in a 2-2 configuration:
As the biggest member of QantasLink's Dash 8 family, the Dash 8 Q400 can accommodate 74 passengers, again in a 2-2 setting.
An advantage of these planes is the absence of a middle seat, with everybody on board enjoying either an aisle or a window seat.
QantasLink Fokker 100
The jet-powered QantasLink Fokker 100s aptly seat 100 travellers, in an all-economy, 2-3 layout.
While QantasLink has three different Fokker 100 configurations (the A Series, G Series and T Series), the primary differences are only to the aircraft galleys and closets: the seats remain in the same 2-3 layout across 21 rows.
Notably, there's no row 13 on any QantasLink Fokker 100s – the row numbers jump from 12 straight to 14 – although other QantasLink planes do have a 13th row.
QantasLink Boeing 717
Not unlike the Fokker 100, which also has its engines back near the aircraft tail, the QantasLink Boeing 717 also accommodates economy travellers in a 2-3 cabin.
On some QantasLink Boeing 717s, economy stretches from tip to tail on the aircraft, with 125 seats in total:
On others, business class is available in addition to economy. Here, 12 business class seats adopt a 2-2 layout, and 98 economy seats remain in a 2-3 configuration, for a total of 110 seats.
QantasLink Embraer E190-100
The newest plane to join the QantasLink fleet is the Embraer E190-100: a jet aircraft operated by Alliance Airlines on QantasLink's behalf – that is, with Qantas service and a Qantas livery painted on the plane.
These aircraft offer 10 seats in business class in a 1-2 layout, and 84 seats on economy in a 2-2 configuration. With a total of 94 seats, this means nobody ends up in a middle seat: everybody is by the aisle or a window.
QantasLink Airbus A320
The largest member of the QantasLink fleet, the Airbus A320 is most often seen flying within Western Australia, such as between Perth and Broome.
Formerly of the Jetstar fleet and later transitioned to QantasLink, these jets retain Jetstar's all-economy layout, offering seating for 180 travellers in a 3-3 configuration.
QantasLink carry-on baggage allowance
All QantasLink passengers receive a carry-on baggage allowance, but exactly how much you can bring aboard depends on the aircraft operating your flight.
On Dash 8 services (including 200, 300 and Q400 Series turboprops), the maximum allowance is one, 7kg bag per passenger, with total dimensions of up to 105cm.
This reflects the storage limitations on these Dash 8 flights – and some bags, including most with wheels, will often be tagged as 'Premium Hand Luggage' at the gate: taken from you as you board, and returned to you upon arrival.
Unlike checked bags, which are deposited at the counter and retrieved from baggage claim, 'Premium Hand Luggage' bags can remain with you up until boarding, including in the lounge: and you won't need to wait at the carousel to collect the bag afterwards.
On all other flights, including QantasLink Fokker 100, Boeing 717, Embraer E190-100 and Airbus A320 flights, Qantas' normal domestic carry-on baggage allowance applies.
This provides for up to two bags at a combined total weight of 14kg, with one of those items being up to 10kg.
QantasLink checked baggage allowance
As well as a carry-on baggage allowance, all QantasLink passengers receive a complimentary checked baggage allowance as well.
How much you can pack depends upon your cabin, frequent flyer status, and in some cases, the type of plane operating your flight and also your destination, as below.
QantasLink checked baggage allowance to/from Lord Howe Island
On these flights, all passengers – regardless of frequent flyer status or connecting flights – can pack two checked bags.
The first bag can weigh up to 14kg, with the second weighing up to 9kg: a total of 23kg combined weight.
QantasLink notes that due to aircraft weight restrictions, it's sometimes necessary that the second bag (of up to 9kg) may travel on a later flight, so if travelling with two pieces of luggage, pack any essentials either in your carry-on baggage, or in your first checked bag.
QantasLink checked baggage allowance on all Dash 8 flights
Except on flights to and from Lord Howe Island as above, the baggage allowance on all Dash 8 flights is strictly set at 1x23kg bag per passenger.
This applies regardless of status, Qantas Club membership, or other connecting flights on the same ticket, again due to limited storage space and weight restrictions on Dash 8 flights – including 200 Series, 300 Series and Q400 Series turboprops.
Checked baggage on all other QantasLink economy class flights
Given most QantasLink planes don't offer business class, it's no secret that almost all QantasLink passengers travel in economy: and unless you're zipping to Lord Howe Island, or taking a Dash 8 flight, the baggage allowance below will apply.
- Standard allowance: 1x23kg bag
- Qantas Club members, Qantas Silver frequent flyers: 1x32kg bag
- Qantas Gold, Platinum and Platinum One: 2x32kg bags
- Oneworld Sapphire and Oneworld Emerald (other than Qantas): 2x23kg bags
Importantly, the allowances don't 'stack' – so a Qantas Club member who is also a Silver frequent flyer can pack only 1x32kg bag (as opposed to the base allowance of 1x23kg + 1x32kg for Qantas Club + 1x32kg for Qantas Silver).
Similarly, the allowance noted above for Oneworld Sapphire and Oneworld Emerald cardholders applies only to frequent flyers of programs other than Qantas Frequent Flyer: such as Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Qatar Airways Privilege Club, and so on.
The checked baggage limits applied to Qantas' equivalent Gold and Platinum frequent flyers, of course, are more generous than for Sapphire and Emerald cardholders from other airline programs.
QantasLink business class checked baggage allowance
For those travellers flying business class on a QantasLink Boeing 717 or Embraer E190 flight, the checked baggage allowance is as follows:
- Standard allowance: 2x32kg bags
- Qantas Club, Qantas Silver and Gold: 2x32kg bags (no increase)
- Qantas Platinum, Platinum One and other Oneworld Emerald: 3x32kg bags
As highlighted above, there's no increase in checked baggage allowance for Qantas Club cardholders or for Qantas Silver and Gold frequent flyers when travelling in domestic economy class, nor do other Oneworld Sapphire members receive a boosted baggage allowance.
On the other hand, the allowance for Qantas Platinum and 'non-Qantas' Oneworld Emerald members is the same on these flights, with these travellers gaining one additional checked bag, over and above the standard allowance of 2x32kg.
Across Australia, QantasLink operates a broad network of flights, connecting remote destinations to the major capital cities, as well as with each other.
Sometimes, QantasLink also flies between those major cities, including on many Canberra flights, as well as operating many flights between Brisbane and Cairns.
Here's a snapshot of just some of the routes served by QantasLink. For brevity, most routes listed below operate on a return basis.
- Adelaide to Kangaroo Island (Kingscote), Port Lincoln, Whyalla
- Alice Springs to Adelaide, Darwin, Uluru (Ayers Rock)
- Barcaldine to Brisbane, Longreach
- Blackall to Longreach
- Brisbane to Barcaldine, Bundaberg, Cairns (some flights) Charleville, Emerald, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Hamilton Island, Longreach, Lord Howe Island, Mackay, Moranbah, Newcastle, Rockhampton, Tamworth
- Cairns to Darwin, Hamilton Island, Horn Island, Townsville, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Weipa
- Canberra to Brisbane (some flights), Melbourne (some flights), Sydney (some flights)
- Charleville to Roma
- Lord Howe Island to Port Macquarie (seasonal), Sydney
- Melbourne to Devonport, Hobart, Kangaroo Island (seasonal), Mildura
- Mount Isa to Cloncurry, Darwin, Townsville
- Perth to Broome (some flights), Darwin (some flights), Geraldton, Kalgoorlie (some flights), Karratha (some flights), Newman, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland
- Rockhampton to Gladstone, Mackay
- Sydney to Albury, Armidale, Bendigo, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Hobart, Mildura, Moree, Orange, Port Macquarie, Sunshine Coast, Tamworth, Toowoomba (Wellcamp), Wagga Wagga
- Townsville to Cloncurry, Mackay, Moranbah
The list above doesn't include every route served by QantasLink, and some routes listed may run seasonally, in one direction only, or may be suspended at times due to various border restrictions.
QantasLink doesn't operate its own network of 'QantasLink Lounges'. However, as a subsidiary of the Qantas Group, eligible QantasLink passengers can access Qantas lounges – including Qantas Regional Lounges – as though they were travelling on a regular Qantas flight.
Lounge access for QantasLink passengers
Passengers on QantasLink flights who are Qantas Club members, Qantas Gold frequent flyers or Oneworld Sapphire frequent flyers of other airlines are welcome to visit domestic Qantas Clubs, where available.
Travellers flying in business class, or holding Qantas Platinum, Platinum One or another Oneworld Emerald frequent flyer card, can visit the Qantas Club, or where available, the separate Qantas Business Lounge.
Members of Qantas' invitation-only Chairman's Lounge program can visit all of the above, as well as Chairman's Lounges in available locations.
Access is the same for QantasLink passengers as it is for 'regular' Qantas passengers.
Additionally, holders of single-use lounge passes can use these for lounge access prior to a QantasLink flight, in the same way as they can prior to a Qantas (or Jetstar) flight.
Lounge locations for QantasLink passengers
Lounges for Qantas and QantasLink passengers can be found across Australia, as below.
- Qantas Clubs can be found in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Devonport, Emerald, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Launceston, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Port Hedland, Rockhampton, Sydney, Tamworth and Townsville.
- Business Lounges are located in Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.
- Chairman's Lounges are tucked away at Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne airports.
Passengers who have access to a higher-tier lounge can also visit lower-tiered lounges. This also applies at airports where a higher-tier lounge is not available.
For example, a business class passenger or Platinum frequent flyer would use the Qantas Club in airports that don't have a Business Lounge – and at those that do, they can choose to visit either the Business Lounge or the Qantas Club.
Be mindful that the list above includes all lounges across the Qantas domestic network. Due to COVID-19, various government travel restrictions and border closures, and airport maintenance works, some lounges remain closed – such as those in Port Hedland and Rochampton.
At airports where a lounge isn't provided – or where a lounge exists, but it remains closed – no alternative is available.
At the time of writing, there are no QantasLink aircraft equipped with inflight Internet access.
Some of QantasLink's Boeing 717s are fitted with WiFi, however, this only provides inflight entertainment via the Qantas app: not general web browsing, as is available on many of Qantas' other mainline aircraft.
Depending on the route you're taking, the time of day, the duration of your flight and your cabin of choice, you could be offered anything from a quick drink and snack through to a full inflight meal.
Wine and beer are also often complimentary in economy class on evening flights, although this again will vary by route and by day of the week.