Jetstar has repainted the first of five turboprops that will be used on regional New Zealand routes.
On Wednesday, the airline released photos of Q300 VH-TQM, which has been repainted into Jetstar livery at the Flying Colours Aviation paintshop in Townsville.
In addition to the new look, with the former QantasLink turboprop will also have an “interior refresh to match the Jetstar onboard product”, the airline said in a statement.
After it was repainted, VH-TQM was ferried from Townsville to Cairns on August 12, according to flight tracking website Flightaware.
Jetstar representatives recently completed a tour of regional New Zealand to consider where the turboprops would fly to and Jetstar New Zealand head Grant Kerr said the first four regional routes would be announced in a few weeks.
The airline, which launched plans to fly on regional routes in June, has said previously cities and towns such as Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Nelson and Invercargill were in the mix.
“We’ve had a very positive response to our June announcement and the feedback we’ve received on our regional visits has been equally supportive,” Kerr said in a statement.
The turboprops will be operated by Eastern Australia Airlines for Jetstar.
Flying Colours said on its website the repainting of the aircraft took 11 days to complete.