Qantas, through a regional subsidary next year will begin jet operations using BAE-146-100 between Newcastle and Brisbane and Melbourne. In the Qantas press release on their website, it said reigionalS so maybe it will be Southern Australia and Eastern, the later which does not operate the BAe 146 yet.
This raises some interesting points.
1) Is Qantas looking at Newcastle (williamtown i think) as a potential bypass airport for the congested Sydney Kingsford smith. It has been muted before as Sydney second airport.
2)What does this mean for Impulse, who was also going to start jet ops. Can they compete.
3)will ansett follow.
4) what about other major regional airports like Tamworth, Dubbo e.t.c. Will they get jet aircraft. I once flew EastWest Bae146 on the Sydney-Tamworth-Gold Coast route.