777ER wrote :
"Once all the B717s are retired the QFLink fleet will only have 146s and DH8-300s ( which will be replaced with brand new DH8-Q300s which will seat 50 passengers)"
I think you will find that any new Q300s will be replacing older 100s (you seem to have forgotten the 100s and 200s in the fleet).
Latest rumour I've heard is that the older 300s will be replaced with Q400s. With around 70 seats and about 100 knots faster than the 100s/300s the Q400s will make an interesting (and I dare say cheaper) alternative to a "regional jet" (of whatever description).
Sydscott wrote :
"... but I can't see routes in the North of Australia like Perth-Ayers Rock-Cairns, Cairns-Darwin, and the like, requiring A320's with 140 odd seats to fly them. The 146's are best replaced by an aircraft like the 717 on those kind of routes that seat about 100 people."
Ok firstly Perth-Ayers Rock-Cairns is currently done with 146 -200s or -300s but remember the other way Cairns-Ayers Rock-Perth is currently done Cairns-Ayers Rock with a 733/4/H and then Ayers Rock-Perth with a 146-200 usually (ok maybe depending on the time of year) all full which to me means there is room for growth so a 177 seater wouldn't be out of place.
Secondly remember there are two ways of going Cairns-Darwin. Direct - usually on a 733/4 - or via Gove - usually on a 146-200 or -300. So I am not sure what you are saying about 146s going "Cairns-Darwin".
(By the way slightly off topic but interesting nonetheless you will find that on the Cairns-Darwin route some will actually go on the via Gove 146s for the Business Class instead of on the direct 733 which only has all economy.)
Overall I get the impression that the situation with the 146s is not just with the aircraft (cost, age, issues, etc) but minimising and eventually eliminating the relationship between Qantas and NJS. Any comments from anyone in the know?
Sydscott and Gemuser wrote :
"Who wants to bet the bulk of maintenance for Jetstar A320's will go to Air New Zealand????"
"Sydscott ... I'll see you Air NZ
and raise you Impluse, in house at Newcastle."
And my two cents worth is whoever does it for (the cheapest) peanuts will get it! (and NZ
peanuts are cheaper than Oz peanuts!)