Qantas Group's regional carrier QantasLink will receive five more Boeing 717s to add to its existing fleet of 13 aircraft that operate across Australia.
The aircraft will be leased from Boeing Capital (BCC), which confirms the deal. Deliveries are scheduled to start in late 2013, says BCC.
QantasLink's executive manager John Gissing says the refurbished aircraft are "perfectly suited" to its Sydney-Canberra, Brisbane-Canberra and Melbourne-Canberra routes.
Boeing also continues to deploy 717s in Europe with Italian operator Volotea.
The carrier will increase its 717 fleet this year to a total of 15 units as it continues to develop its business model of offering point-to-point service to passengers between medium and small-sized European cities.
According to Flightglobal's Ascend online database, Volotea now operates 13 aircraft of the type.
"The Boeing 717 is an important element to Volotea's strategy," says Carlos Muñoz, Volotea's founder and chief executive officer.
"In terms of size, it is the right aircraft for the medium- and small-sized cities we serve; operationally, it offers top reliability for our frequent, quick turnaround operations."