Coffs Harbour set for takeoff

Flying high: QantasLink has named a Q400 plane in honour of Coffs Harbour.
Flying high: QantasLink has named a Q400 plane in honour of Coffs Harbour. Rob Wright

COFFS HARBOUR is quite literally on cloud nine now that a QantasLink plane has been named after the city.

Mayor Cr Keith Rhoades popped the champagne cork at the regional airport yesterday to celebrate the arrival of the Q400 flight boldly bearing the name Coffs Harbour.

He described the relationship between the local community, the city council and QantasLink as ‘a family’.

“It is a relationship I see continuing for a long, long time because Coffs Harbour still has a lot of growing to do and more markets to pursue,” Cr Rhoades said.

QantasLink executive manager Narendra Kumar said Coffs Harbour had become an integral part of the airline’s network since the first flight in 1992 and the new branding would further promote the city.

“Coffs Harbour was one of the first ports to experience our new Q400 aircraft in 2007 and we have recently expanded our Q400 schedule on the Coffs Harbour-Sydney route by adding an additional five return services each week,” Mr Kumar said.

“This has resulted in all 33 services on the route being operated by the Q400 aircraft.”

The festive mood continued with the official opening of the new QantasLink regional lounge next to the airport’s check-in counters.

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