Qantas continues to address the transport issues of the resource industry’s fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers, with another 17 planes added to their fleet.
This morning the airline announced its acquisition of 10 100-seat Fokker 100’s for its Network Aviation subsidiary recently acquired.
Qantas has also acquired two 106-seat Boeing 717’s for QantasLink and will lease another five Boeing 737-800’s to support additional flights to Karratha and Pt Hedland.
Qantas, Network and Jetstar have committed to 28 new aircrafts in the region, and group executive Alan Joyce said the orders will take advantage of new market opportunities.
“The Qantas Group has a very strong, but still flexible, domestic and international aircraft order book,” Mr Joyce said.
“Today we are announcing significant moves that will build on this strength and meet our strategic needs, particularly in the domestic and Asian markets.”
The first Fokker 100s will arrive within a few months and all be delivered by mid-2013.
“With the domestic market continuing its strong post-GFC recovery and growth, the Qantas Group will need additional capacity to participate in this growth and maintain its profit maximising 65 per cent domestic market share,” Mr Joyce said.
“Much of these fleet additions will be directed to operating fly-in-fly-out resource charter services in Western Australia.”
“Our intention from day one has been to grow Network, and today’s announcement will increase its F100 fleet five-fold.”
Qantas now has 33 737-800s on order, the first of which will arrive in April.