Boeing deploys additional 717s to Qantas, Volotea

Boeing’s workhorse 717 continues to figure prominently in the success of established and new operators as the manufacturer’s leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corp., announced additional deployments of the modern and fuel-efficient twinjets. Australia’s largest regional airline, QantasLink, will receive an additional five leased 717s to add to its existing fleet of 13 of the twinjets that operate across Australia. Those deliveries will begin in late 2013 after the aircraft are refitted with upgraded interiors to include a full business class experience and new in-flight entertainment systems. The Qantas Group has operated the 717s since 2002. In Europe, startup carrier, Volotea, will increase its 717 fleet in 2013 to a total 15 as it continues to develop its business model of offering point-to-point service to passengers between medium and small-sized European cities. Volotea began operation in spring 2012 with a network built around the 717 that is supported by a comprehensive Boeing solution for operations and training.

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