Qantas started its expanded schedule out of Tasmania this week, with two QantasLink Boeing 717s now based at Hobart to facilitate an expanded flight schedule.
Having the two aircraft based at Hobart has allowed QantasLink to offer early morning departures from the Tasmanian capital to both Sydney and Melbourne.
The new schedule, which was first announced in September 2015, involves Qantas operating 13 return flights a week on the Sydney-Hobart route and 33 return services between Melbourne and Hobart.
The increase from 35 to 46 return flights a week into and out of the Tasmanian capital added an extra 2,420 seats to Hobart each week, the airline said.
In September, Qantas said 10 pilot and 15 cabin crew positions would be added to its Hobart base to support the extra flying.
The two-class Boeing 717s have 12 business and 98 economy seats, while the single-class configuration has 125 economy seats. The aircraft are operated by Cobham Aviation Services, which supplies the flightcrew and cabin crew, on behalf of QantasLink.