|© Stephen Brown|
3 April 2011 © David Eyre
It has been reported that QantasLink is to open a Perth base with two to three Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s.
The base and aircraft will be operated by Eastern Australia Airlines, using the Sunstate Airlines AOC (Air Operators Certificate), with operations starting later in 2011.
Routes are yet to be announced, but there are eleven deregulated RPT routes in Western Australia, connecting Perth with Broome, Busselton, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Kambalda, Karratha, Kununurra, Newman, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland, and Ravensthorpe.
This operation will be independent of newly-acquired Qantas subsidiary Network Aviation, and also independent of the Boeing 717s operated for QantasLink by Cobham.
Eastern Australia Airlines pilots have been asked to express interest in the positions, which are permanently based in Perth. Aircraft will be ferried to Perth via Adelaide.