Qantas Airways entered (04-Feb-2021) a new agreement with Alliance Airlines, to assist Qantas Group meet an expected surge in local tourism demand once it moves beyond sudden coronavirus related closures. Alliance will provide the QantasLink network with flexible capacity using its recently acquired Embraer E190 aircraft, with initial destinations expected to include Adelaide-Alice Springs, Darwin-Alice Springs and Darwin-Adelaide. Passengers may expect an increase in frequency due to the aircraft type, with the Boeing 737s to be redeployed elsewhere in Australia as part an ongoing ‘right aircraft, right route’ approach to the Group’s network. Qantas signed a three year deal with Alliance to access three E190s based in Darwin and Adelaide, with timing dependent on the rate of recovery in travel demand but is currently expected to start in Jun-2021, once the vast majority of the Qantas Domestic flying has returned to pre-coronavirus levels. The agreement provides flexibility to access an additional 11 E190 regional jets but also to switch off some, or all, of this capacity, depending on market conditions. QantasLink CEO John Gissing said: “By the time we switch on this extra capacity with Alliance, we expect all of our own domestic crews will have already returned to flying”, with Alliance Airlines “keen to provide the opportunity for our international pilots and cabin crew to operate the E190s given it will be some time before overseas markets fully recover”.