Qantas Airways of Australia is one of the large operators of the Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. The Qantas Bombardier Q400 is operated by QantasLink, a subsidiary that operates regional flights for Qantas. Previously the Qantas Q400 was operated by Sunstate Airlines, however Qantas merged all their regional operations under the QantasLink brand. The planes are still operated by Sunstate, however under the QantasLink brand. Qantas has a total of 31 Bombardier Q400 airplanes in their QantasLink fleet. They recently took delivery of a new Qantas Q400 NextGen in 2014.
QantasLink Bombardier Q400 Flights
The Qantas Q400s operate primarily from the major cities in Australia to smaller cites. The main large cities that the Q400 operates from include Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Cairns. Qantas does operate the Q400 from other smaller airports to provide more point to point services.
Qantas Bombardier Q400 Seat Map, Chart and Seating Configuration
The Qantas Q400 is configured with 74 seats in a one class configuration. Seating is arranged in a "2 by 2" configuration, with no middle seats. The seat pitch for these seats is 31 inches, however some may be 32 inches. More information on the cabin / interior of the Q400 is available on the Q400 interior page. Below is the Qantas Bombardier Q400 Seat Map / Chart.
Background on the QantasLink Q400 Aircraft
The Bombardier Q400 is a regional turboprop built by Bombardier in Toronto, Canada. The aircraft was designed by Bombardier to be fast and quiet. The Q400 is based off of the previous Dash-8 series of turboprops. Bombardier later changed the name of the aircraft series to the Q series turboprops. The Q400 is known for its quieter cabin in comparison to other turboprop aircraft on the market. It has an advanced six blade propeller and noise canceling system to help make the cabin quieter. The Q400 is also fast and can be as fast or faster then a jet on short routes (block time). The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A engines that help it achieve fast speeds.
To learn more about the Bombardier Q400 visit the other pages here on the site.
The Other "Names" for the Qantas Bombardier Q400
The Bombardier Q400 aircraft has few other names that it is called by. This is due to changes in the name of the aircraft and other names that are used for different purposes. Below are the other names:
- Bombardier Q400 NextGen Qantas: This refers to the NextGen name that was given to newer Q400s that have interior upgrades. QantasLink does have some of the Q400 Nextgen aircraft.
- Bombardier DH4 Qantas: "DH4" is the Q400s IATA code that is primarily used by airlines to identify the aircraft. Learn more on the DH4 page.
- Bombardier DH8D Qantas: "DH8D" is the ICAO code for the airplane and is used by airlines, air traffic control and others. To learn more about this name visit the DH8D aircraft page.
- De Havilland Canada DHC-8-400 Qantas: This is the "model" name for the turboprop. De Havilland was a division of Bombardier that built the aircraft. The De Havilland name is not used by Bombardier in marketing, so the airplane is called the Bombardier DHC-8-400. DHC-8-400 is the official model name for the turboprop that is used by aviation regulators to identify the aircraft.
- De Havilland Dash-8-400 Qantas: the Dash-8-400 name is the name that was previously given to the aircraft by Bombardier. The Q400 was apart of the Dash-8 series program of turboprop aircraft. Bombardier then decided to change the name of those aircraft to the Q series turboprops and the Dash-8-400 became the Bombardier Q400. More on the Dash-8-400 can be found on that page.