Thumbs up for QantasLink's new QRamp
Earlier this year the Moree and district community rolled out the red carpet to a QantasLink crew during a 300-people public rally as part of its campaign to get QantasLink airline services back in the town. On November 6 QantasLink rolled out its own "red carpet" for the town's passengers - a new access ramp - so Sam Bailey could get a chance to try it out before meeting some of the staff involved in its creation. He gave the QRamp the thumbs up and is pictured above with the pilots, crew and some of the staff who helped design and use the ramp. Designed by QantasLink and built in Australia - the QRamp has been an eighteen month project but it's about to be rolled out across QantasLink air routes. While the ramp was first and foremost built to cater for passengers with all types of disabilities, it also makes it easier for all passengers to access the QantasLink planes. Sam and Jenny Bailey spoke to some of the QantasLink staff later the same day.
Sam and Jenny Bailey with some of the QantasLink staff who heard their story on November 6 including (left) Executive Manager John Gissing and (front right) Elsa D'Allesio, Head of Regional Development, who organised Sam and Jenny's visit. During Sam's talk he spoke about the vital part QantasLink plays in allowing him to remain living on his farm an hour from Moree in the NSW north west, and also travel all over Australia public speaking. "I couldn't do what I do without QantasLink. Not only does it provide outstanding service and reliability, but its disability access support is second to none. I also love the way the staff make me feel so welcome. It's like catching up with old friends every time I fly. That's why Jenny and I got involved in the campaign to bring the QantasLink airline service back to Moree after the state government gave the licence to Brindabella Airlines in 2013 - to the shock and horror of the community - and Brindabella later that same year went into receivership. I think I'd be speaking on behalf of the whole Moree and District when I say how much I appreciate having QantasLink back," he said, "I hope it will be flying into the town for many, many more years to come."