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QantasLink to expand Tamworth maintenance facilities

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 4, 2014
QantasLink performs heavy maintenance on its Dash 8 fleet at Tamworth.
QantasLink performs heavy maintenance on its Dash 8 fleet at Tamworth.

Qantas regional subsidiary QantasLink has announced an expansion of its Dash 8 turboprop maintenance facilities at Tamworth.

The expansion will see the upgrade of QantasLink’s existing Tamworth Airport hangar and the expansion into a second hangar, and will lead to the creation of 25 new jobs at the site.

“The new hangar allows us to do two maintenance checks on two aircraft at the same time, which helps us meet our maintenance schedules, improve productivity and reduce operating costs,” QantasLink chief executive John Gissing said in a statement on Thursday.

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“We’ve grown our fleet significantly over recent years and we needed to expand our maintenance capabilities to handle the demand.”

QantasLink conducts all heavy mainteance on its Dash 8 fleet – which now comprises 31 Q400s, 16 Q300s and three Q200s – at Tamworth, where it currently employs 100 people.

The news is a welcome fillip for the NSW regional centre, given it could potentially lose the Australian Defence Force’s Basic Flying Training School (BFTS), which is currently based at Tamworth Airport. The ADF’s AIR 5428 Pilot Training System project, which is currently under tender evaluation, could see initial ADF pilot training relocated to RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.

“The New South Wales government and Tamworth Regional Council have been strong supporters of the facility and we thank them for their investment support,” Gissing said.

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Collectively, the state government, Tamworth council and Qantas are investing $1.2 million in the facilities upgrade, a Qantas spokesperson confirmed via email. The expanded facitlies are due to open over coming weeks.

 

 

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3 Comments

  • Stu Bee

    says:

    This is great news for Tamworth and QantasLink

  • Paul Merritt

    says:

    QF cut staff at Tamworth recently and now they are increasing their staff by 25? Go figure!

  • Adam

    says:

    The way of the business world Paul…every large business will do this at some point-mining, telcos, even universities and research…I hope you aint just picking on the airlines here!

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