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Qantas returns to Hamilton Island

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 2, 2014
QF866 lands at Hamilton Island on Wednesday morning. (Qantas)
QF866, operated by 737-838 VH-XZK, lands at Hamilton Island on Wednesday morning. (Qantas)

Qantas began direct Sydney-Hamilton Island flights on Wednesday, its first services to the Queensland resort island in almost a decade.

The airline has launched three times weekly (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday) return flights during peak season – July, plus September-January – and twice weekly (Wednesday and Sunday) return flights during offpeak times. The flights, QF866 (SYD-HTI) and QF867 (HTI-SYD), are operated by 737-800s.

“Our customers told us that they wanted direct access to the Whitsundays on a premium leisure service from Sydney. Today we respond to that demand and complement Jetstar’s existing flights as part of our two-brand strategy,” Qantas Domestic CEO Lyell Strambi said.

The new services coincide with the relaunch of the exclusive resort on nearby Hayman Island as One&Only Hayman Island, while last month Qantas low-cost subsidiary Jetstar announced it was suspending direct Brisbane-Hamilton Island flights.

File image of Hamilton Island airport



Comments (2)

  • Brendan


    What aircraft are they using? Qantas 737’s or cobham 717’s

    • australianaviation.com.au


      Hi Brendan, 737s, we’ve just updated the item with pics of the first arriving aircraft.

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