Category Archives: Airnorth (Australia)

Airnorth celebrates 40 years in aviation

Airnorth Embraer ERJ 170-100LR VH-ANV (msn 17000280) DRW (Rob Finlayson). Image: 924726.

Airnorth on July 4, 2018 celebrated its 40th birthday.

Established on July 4, 1978 in Darwin, Airnorth began operating charter flights throughout the Northern Territory.

By the late 1980’s, Airnorth had established itself as the premier regional carrier throughout the Top End of Australia.

Today, Airnorth now operates 220 scheduled departures weekly to over 20 destinations.

Top Copyright Photo: Airnorth Embraer ERJ 170-100LR VH-ANV (msn 17000280) DRW (Rob Finlayson). Image: 924726.

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Airnorth cancels flights due to a pilot shortage

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2005 (updated titles)

Airnorth (Australia) (Darwin) has issued this statement:

Airnorth would like to issue an apology to our customers who have recently been affected by schedule changes and cancellations across our network. Airnorth, like all other regional and major airlines in Australia, is experiencing the impact of a pilot shortage that is preventing us from operating all our scheduled fights. The situation is not isolated to Airnorth or Australia, and is part of a global pilot shortage that is affecting the entire aviation industry and its customers.

We continue to recruit pilots and currently have 11 positions vacant. The induction process requires new pilots to undertake mandatory simulator and flight training before they are qualified to operate our aircraft. This process takes time, and we are currently spending in excess of half a million dollars on recruitment and training in order to continue to provide safe and reliable services for all our customers.

In December, 87.2% of Airnorth’s flights departed on-time (within 15 minutes of schedule). The most recent Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reports (Sep-Nov 2017) show a national average of 80.5% on-time against Airnorth’s performance in the same period of 82.7%. Similarly, Airnorth has cancelled 1.3% of scheduled flights against a national average of 2.3% in the same period.

Whilst we have consolidated our schedule to reduce frequency on some routes over the next few months, there may be addional schedule changes and cancellations required due to pilot coverage and regulatory requirements. It is important that customers include up to date contact details in their booking so that we can keep them informed of any changes. Airnorth will continue to provide an exceptional level of customer service to all customers and ensure they reach their destination safely and as timely as possible.

Airnorth commenced operations in 1978.

Copyright Photo: Airnorth Embraer ERJ 170-100LR F-HBXP (msn 17000036) SEN (Keith Burton). Image: 933763.

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Airnorth (Australia) loses an Embraer Brasilia and two pilots

Airnorth (Darwin) lost its Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia VH-ANB (msn 120116) on March 22 when it was destroyed on takeoff at Darwin Airport, NT (DRW), Australia. Both pilots were killed. The crew was conducting a training flight when the EMB-120 crashed at the airport’s boundary were the Darwin RAAF Station is located.

Read the full report from the Aviation Safety Network: