QantasLink today announced it is upgrading and expanding its heavy maintenance facility in Tamworth, creating new jobs and strengthening its commitment to the region.
The upgrade of its existing hangar and expansion into a new hangar will create 25 new engineering roles in Tamworth.
QantasLink Chief Executive Officer John Gissing said the upgrade and expansion demonstrates QantasLink’s growth in regional aviation.
“We’ve grown our fleet significantly over recent years and we needed to expand our maintenance capabilities to handle the demand,” Mr Gissing said.
“We’re really happy that we’ve secured the second hangar which allows us to expand our heavy maintenance in Tamworth. The new hangar allows us to do two maintenance checks on two aircraft at the same time, which helps us meet our maintenance schedules, improve productivity and reduce operating costs. The New South Wales Government and Tamworth Regional Council have been strong supporters of the facility and we thank them for their investment support. QantasLink proudly conducts 100 per cent of its heavy maintenance in Australia and today’s announcement further enhances our position that Tamworth is a centre of aviation engineering excellence.”
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson welcomed the upgrade to the maintenance facilities.
“The investment will allow for growth and economic development in the region and will also create up to 25 new jobs at the site,” Mr Anderson said.
“Securing the future of the facility will also help to maintain Tamworth Airport’s strong reputation as a major centre for aviation business.”
QantasLink conducts all heavy maintenance on its Bombardier Q400, Q300 and Q200 aircraft at the Tamworth maintenance facility.
QantasLink recently welcomed its 31st Q400 aircraft. It also has 16 Q300 and three Q200 aircraft, as well as 18 Boeing 717 jets in its fleet.
QantasLink currently employs over 100 people in Tamworth.