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New look Qantaslink plane

QantasLink and Taronga Western Plains Zoo today unveiled the refreshed ‘Taronga’ decal on one of QantasLink’s newest Q400 aircraft, reaffirming their commitment to regional tourism and the Dubbo community.

This is the second time that QantasLink and the Zoo, two of the largest contributors to regional NSW tourism, have worked together on this scale to promote Dubbo and the state.

The new decal features the well-known animals that reside at the Zoo, including giraffes, elephants, and rhinoceros, as well as the Zoo’s accommodation experiences.

Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said the new decal will be flown all around Australia, promoting Dubbo and the Zoo as a fantastic tourist destination.

“As both the national carrier and the country’s largest regional airline, we understand how important tourism is, especially for regional cities like Dubbo,” Mr Joyce said.

QantasLink Chief Executive Officer John Gissing said: “The Taronga Western Plains Zoo is an outstanding tourist destination and we’re delighted to be working with the Zoo again. The repainted aircraft will be a very popular sight at our airports around Australia and I know our customers are going to love it.”

Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s General Manager, Matthew Fuller, said: “The new look design is bright and colourful, with large silhouettes of some of the iconic animals that call the Zoo home.

“Both the Zoo and QantasLink play a significant role in attracting visitors to the region and this aircraft is essentially a flying billboard, inviting people to discover one of Australia’s premier attractions and the current Qantas Australian Tourism Award winner for Best Attraction.”

QantasLink operates 29 return services each week between Sydney and Dubbo, providing easy access to Taronga Western Plains Zoo and its popular overnight accommodation experiences, along with access to the region’s many attractions.

In 2013 Qantas and Destination NSW signed a three-year $30 million marketing agreement to promote NSW as a premier tourism destination.