Background on Qantas' Boeing 717-200 Jets
Qantas originally operated the Boeing 717-200 jet as a part of their Jetstar Airways subsidiary. Jetstar ordered 3 Boeing 717-200 jets directly from Boeing and took delivery of the first Jetstar Boeing 717-200 on December 29th, 2000. Also Qantas bought Impulse Airlines and then later used the company to create Jetstar. Impulse was also operating the Boeing 717 and these jets continued on to Qantas. In 2002 Qantas created QantasLink, a regional airline group, to market all of their regional flights under one brand. Qantas first placed the Boeing 717-200s with the QantasLink. Then Jetstar was created in 2003 out of Impulse Airlines and the Boeing 717-200 jets were placed with Jetstar. In 2005 / 2006 all 717s at Jetstar were transferred to QantasLink, where they have remained since. National Jet Systems had been operating the Boeing 717-200 for Qantas under the QantasLink Brand, until the company was re-branded as Cobham Aviation Services Australia. Cobham Aviation Services Australia is operating all Boeing 717 jets that are under the QantasLink brand. Qantas has a total of 18 Boeing 717-200 airplanes in its fleet.
QantasLink Boeing 717-200 Interior, Cabin and Seat Map
Qantas is operating two different configurations of the Boeing 717 jet. The first configuration is a two class layout with a business class seats and economy class. The business class seats are in a two by two layout and have a seat pitch of 37 inches, the standard business / first class seat pitch for the 717. There are 12 of these seats. The economy class consists of 98 seats in a two by three configuration with a 31 inch seat pitch. There are a total of 110 seats in this configuration and there are three Boeing 717-200s that have this configuration. Below is the seat map for this version
The second configuration is an all economy class aircraft with 125 seats. The seats have a seat pitch of 30 to 31 inches. Below is the seating chart for the economy class version.
Both configurations have two lavatories (bathrooms or restrooms). The business class configuration has one lavatory up front and one at the back of the airplane. The all economy class layout has two lavatories located at the back of the jet.
Qantas Boeing 717-200 Routes and Destinations (Where the Plane Flies)
Qantas has the planes operating under the QantasLink brand under the "QJE" identifier and under the call sign "QJET". The aircraft is used to fly to many destinations in Australia. Perth is one of the main bases that the jet flies from.
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Other Names for the Boeing 717-200 Qantas or QantasLink
The Boeing 717-200 aircraft has a few different names that it is called by. If you are flying on or researching about the aircraft you will find the following names for the airplane when looking for the aircraft:
- Boeing B-717-200 Qantas or QantasLink: the B-717 is used by many, including the FAA, to refer to the Aircraft.
- Boeing B712 Qantas or QantasLink: B712 is the ICAO code for the airplane that is used by air traffic controllers, airlines and others. More information on this will be posted later.
- Boeing 717 Qantas or QantasLink (with out the -200): Many call the 717-200 just the 717, which is the main aircraft program the plane is in (the only plane in the 717 program). 717 is also the IATA code for the jet aircraft.