20 MAY 2013
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QantasLink is to upgrade the interiors of five Boeing 717 rear-engined twin jet aircraft to include Business Class and in-flight entertainment for all passengers.
First flown as the DC9 in the 1960s, the aircraft has had a remarkable flying history being updated over the years in various guises including McDonnell Douglas. Delta Air Lines is currently replacing much older aircraft with 88 Boeing 717s formerly with Air Tran.
Executive Manager, John Gissing, said that the additional five aircraft, which Qantas announced in January 2013, will be in addition to the existing fleet of 13 B717 aircraft operating across Australia.
"QantasLink will introduce a full business experience on these aircraft, including market-leading seats, premium food and drinks and exceptional onboard service", Mr Gissing said.
"We will also be providing individual in-flight entertainment for all customers – both Business and Economy – and are currently testing the latest technology”.
QantasLink is Australia’s largest regional airline and operates a network of 58 metropolitan and country destinations across Australia as well as to Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea). www.qantas.com
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