Tue,Thurs,Sundays are the 3 days of operations at BNE.
We are excited by their return to BNE.In the 1990'S they operated twice weekly with 763'S ON Monday's and Friday's.
BRISBANE-based Strategic Airlines is living up to its name.
It is pushing ahead with a targeted network expansion after the Australian regulator recently granted it a three-year unrestricted air operators certificate.
The full-service niche carrier had been operating on a restricted 12-month AOC issued when it started operations last year and sees the Civil Aviation Safety Authority as a seal of approval for its safety performance.
"We're really happy about that," head of commercial Damien Vasta said yesterday. "It gives our market a little bit more confidence that they're dealing with a more established Australian carrier that's got a clean bill of health from CASA."
The airline, which has three Airbus A320s and a wide-body A330 registered in Australia, currently flies from Perth to Derby and Denpasar as well as Brisbane-Port Hedland-Denpasar.
The International Air Services Commission gave Strategic 1514 seats -- the biggest share of the 4000 seats available to the three airlines -- on the grounds it would help promote competition.
Mr Vasta said Strategic had enjoyed a strong response to the its existing services and said passenger traffic to Bali had risen from 400,000 people a year two years to more than a million.
"It's not just Perth, the east coast has gone crazy for Bali again -- they seem to have fallen in love with it," he said. "We just thought that while the sun's shining we'll make hay and we'll put the A330 on some of those east coast direct services. And if we get the capacity to do it we'll be able to offer Melbourne and potentially Brisbane direct."
The new carrier is now looking at potentially acquiring a second A330 and has applied for capacity to Thailand with idea of filling the void left by V Australia when the Virgin Blue long-haul carrier redeploys its Boeing 777 aircraft.
Other potential destinations include Ho Chi Minh City and Honolulu.
Strategic also runs a charter operation using three A320s in Europe and has just successfully transferred its base from France to Luxembourg
QantasLink today announced an expanded flying schedule covering the key Queensland mining destinations of Emerald, Moranbah and Roma from 18 October 2010.
QantasLink Executive Manager, Mr Narendra Kumar, said the increased capacity was in anticipation
of growing demand from the mining and resource sectors.
“QantasLink is very pleased to be able to support the Queensland economy and in particular cater to
the changing needs of these communities,” he said.
“We have consulted with the mining industry, and have added some ongoing extra capacity and
some peak period capacity which will operate from 18 October-18 December.”
The new flights will add more than 706 seats per week across the three destinations during this
- an increase from 27 to 30 weekly return Brisbane-Emerald services , operating on Sundays,
Mondays and Thursdays, adding 396 seats to the route each week;
- an increase from 15 to 18 weekly return Brisbane-Roma services, operating on Mondays,
Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, adding 216 seats to the route each week; and
- one additional Brisbane-Moranbah return service, increasing the number of return services on the
route each week to 12, adding 94 seats to the route each week.
Mr Kumar added that 28 out of 30 weekly return services on the Brisbane-Emerald route would be
operated by the new 74-seat Q400 aircraft. In addition, 15 of the 18 weekly return Roma services and
11 of 12 weekly Moranbah services would be operated by the 50-seat Q300 aircraft.
QantasLink has invested over $600 million in 21 new Q400 aircraft since 2006 and recently
announced acquisition of seven next-generation Q400 aircraft to commence delivery from early 2011.
These aircraft will operate alongside the airline’s fleet of five Q200, 16 Q300 and 11 B717 aircraft,
currently providing around 2000 flights each week to 54 metropolitan and regional destinations
throughout Australia and to Papua New Guinea.