Nordic Aviation Capital delivers one De Havilland Dash 8-400, MSN 4231, to Cobham Aviation Services, 717s to be moved to QANTAS Group

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has confirmed that it has delivered one De Havilland Dash 8-400, MSN 4231, to Cobham Aviation Services on lease. NAC is delighted to welcome Cobham Aviation Services as a new customer.

In other news, the QANTAS Group will bring the operation of its fleet of Boeing 717 aircraft within the Group, after reaching an agreement with Cobham Aviation Services.

Cobham has operated QantasLink’s 20 Boeing 717 aircraft for the past 15 years, predominantly on regional routes across Australia, through National Jet Systems.

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National Jet Systems, which holds the air operator certificate for the Boeing 717s and is the employing entity for around 380 employees operating the Boeing 717s, will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the QANTAS Group.

The terms of the agreement are commercial in confidence, however it is not material for QANTAS and replaces a 10 year contract for services signed in 2016. The transition is on track to be completed in the coming months.

As with most aviation employees in Australia, the majority of the Cobham employees who are part of the QantasLink Boeing 717 operation are temporarily stood down due to the reduction in fights from the Coronavirus. This will remain the case until travel restrictions are lifted and demand returns.

Cobham will continue to operate four dedicated freighters for QANTAS Freight, which predominantly deliver overnight mail and parcels.