Brindabella Airlines (Canberra) on December 14 suddenly suspended all operations. The following day the regional carrier in Australia was put into receivership.
The carrier was founded and commenced operations in 1994. In 2003 the business was expanded to provide regional airline services and the first two routes were between Canberra and Newcastle, and Canberra and Albury. Brindabella Airlines was offering over 280 flights per week to destinations including Brisbane, Canberra, Cobar, Cooma (Snowy Mountains), Coffs Harbour, Moree, Mudgee, Narrabri, Newcastle, Orange, Sydney, and Tamworth.
Brindabella Airlines has a fleet of Swearingen SA227AC Metros (18 seats), BAe Jetstream 32s (19 seats), and BAe Jetstream 41s (30 seats). Brindabella was also a QANTAS affiliate airline.
Brindabella Airlines was acquired by the Business Air Holdings group and has been partnered with Aeropelican Air Services, since September 2011. Business Air Holdings is an airline investment group with a particular interest in regional airline services.
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Copyright Photo: Pepscl/AirlinersGallery.com. Brindabella’s BAe Jetstream 41 VH-TAI (msn 41082) stops at Brisbane.
Video: 140 staff members were laid off.