QANTAS Airways have announced that their new discount carrier Australian Airlines will take wing sometime in the third quarter of 2002.
Simple and straightforward, the new carrier will offer discount flight connections between Australian cities and destinations in Asia. According to the Airline's CEO, Mr. Denis Adams, the airline will fly only one type of aircraft, Boeing 767-300's which haul 270 passengers, and operate on routes abandoned by its mother company, QANTAS, as commercially non-viable.
Initial service will be based from Cairns, Queensland flying to Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Singapore, Taipei and Hong Kong. In keeping with the airline's "no frills" image, service will be limited to a single class.
The airline will operate completely independently of QANTAS and plans to initially fly some 12 aircraft.
Bali currently has no direct connection with Cairns and local tourism operators are waiting to see if a Bali tourism delegation will approach Mr. Adams to encourage flights to Bali.
The new Airline's distinctive flying kangaroo logo against an ochre background was designed by Australia's leading design company, Hulsbosch Communication by Design.
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