Qantas’ regional arm QantasLink will kick off flights between Sydney and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast by year’s end.
With a daily service from December 21 2015, QF1578 from Sydney and QF1579 on the return initially have varying departure and arrival times, but normalise from February 8 2016 with a 5:40pm take-off in Sydney and a 6:15pm touchdown at Maroochydore Airport.
That’s followed by an early morning push-back the following day at 6:40am to reach Sydney at 9:15am, with flights operated by QantasLink’s newer Boeing 717 jets with 12 business class seats...
... and a refreshed economy cabin (below), with ‘Q Streaming’ wireless inflight entertainment available to every passenger.
The flight timings also make it possible for Sunshine Coast residents to connect internationally via Sydney to destinations such as Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, Dubai, London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Santiago and more.
Competing with Virgin Australia and Jetstar on the same Sydney-Maroochydore route, Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd CEO Simon Ambrose said that these two airlines “have consistently increased services from Sydney and Melbourne, and now Qantas will contribute significantly to growing business travel and conferences.”
Special introductory fares will go on sale on the afternoon of Wednesday July 22 through Tuesday July 28, starting at just $89 for a one-way flight in economy.
The move follows Qantas’ return to Queensland’s Gold Coast in 2012, the launch of new regional flights to Toowoomba in 2014 and the relaunch of Sydney-San Francisco flights from December 18 this year.
Also read: QantasLink Boeing 717 business class review
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