Qantas’ regional general manager Queensland Peter Collyns embraces Hervey the Whale at Hervey Bay at the start of the airline’s new twice-weekly service from Sydney.
- Qantas began twice-weekly (Saturdays and Sundays) operations between Sydney (SYD) and Hervey Bay (HVB) in Queensland, Australia on 17 May. Flown by the carrier’s 110-seat 717s, the 970-kilometre sector will face daily competition from Virgin Australia Airlines’ existing operation. Speaking at the launch, Qantas’ regional general manager Peter Collyns said the priority at this early stage was filling the 10,000 extra seats the flights would add to the Fraser Coast to Sydney route each year. “With every market we go into, at first we want to make sure the market is sustainable and for the long-term,” he said. “So our first intention is to fill the flights on weekends and wherever the opportunity is we’ll look to grow that as well. We hope the success of the weekend flights will lead to further opportunities to expand”.