Descendant of the DC9, Boeing agreed to make them after they absorbed MD. They were soon replaced by the B736/7 and the A328/19 but Qantas bought early, and then later bought a number from the Spanish line Volotea. Although having been around a long time, with excellent Qantas maintenance they will continue to serve the long thin routes so typical of this lightly populated country.
Here we approach Townsville in Northern Queensland the main administrative centre, over 1000 nm north of Brisbane. Below the right wingtip is Castle HIll, iconic and home to doctors and lawyers, in the background Magnetic (Maggie to the locals) Island and ahead of the nose the joint use Air Force and civilian aerodrome.