Category Archives: Cobham Aviation Services (Australia)

Rex acquires National Jet Express for $48 million from Cobham

Rex today (July 15) announced that it has signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement which will result in its subsidiary Rex Freight and Charter Pty Ltd (RFC) acquiring 100% of National Jet Express Pty Ltd (NJE), the regional services arm of Cobham Aviation Services Australia (Cobham).

NJE is a leading provider of Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) services in Western Australia and South Australia. In addition, it operates freight services from Sydney to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and the Gold Coast (Coolangatta), as well as air charter services in Papua New Guinea. Revenue for NJE in the calendar year 2021 was $142m.

Completion of the sale will be subject to regulatory approvals, including FIRB approval. It is envisaged that shareholder approval will not be required.

Commenting on the purchase, Rex’s Executive Chairman, Lim Kim Hai said, “FIFO services are expected to experience strong growth in Australia and this acquisition positions the Rex Group to participate in this booming sector.”

“With this acquisition, Rex will have a FIFO arm that is simply unparalleled in Australia. NJE has a completely modern fleet comprising eight Bombardier Q400 turboprops and six Embraer E190 jets for FIFO work. Both aircraft types are fuel efficient, have enhanced operational reliability and low carbon emissions when compared with the predominantly 40-year-old Fokker 100s used by the other major FIFO operators.”

“I believe that NJE’s modern aircraft fleet and its long-term customer relationships overlayed with Rex’s proven record of safety, reliability and cost efficiencies would propel NJE to be the premier FIFO operator in Australia. NJE will naturally be the partner of choice for resource companies all over Australia who have been crying out for so long for a FIFO provider that is able to address their triple priorities of minimal impact on the environment, comfort and safety of its staff and reliability of service.”

“The Company will invest in modern aircraft and technology to enable NJE to expand from its traditional bases of WA and SA and bring our unique brand of FIFO services also to Queensland and Northern Territory.”

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of 60 Saab 340 and six Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to 58 destinations throughout all states in Australia. In addition to the airline Rex, the Rex Group comprises wholly owned subsidiaries Pel-Air Aviation (air freight, aeromedical and charter operator) and the two pilot academies, Australian Airline Pilot Academy in Wagga Wagga and Ballarat.

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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.

Photo: YSSYguy.

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.

Boeing leases additional 717s to QANTAS Link and Volotea

Boeing’ (Chicago) leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corporation, announced additional deployments of 717s.

Australia’s largest regional airline, QANTAS Link, will receive an additional five leased 717s to add to its existing fleet of 13 of the twinjets that operate across Australia. Those deliveries will begin in late 2013 after the aircraft are refitted with upgraded interiors to include a full business class experience and new in-flight entertainment systems. The QANTAS Group has operated the 717s since 2002.

The 717s will be deployed on the Sydney-Canberra, Brisbane-Canberra and Melbourne-Canberra routes.

In Europe, startup carrier, Volotea (Barcelona and Venice), will increase its 717 fleet (below) in 2013 to a total 15 as it continues to develop its business model of offering point-to-point service to passengers between medium and small-sized European cities. Volotea began operations on April 5, 2012 with a network built around the 717 that is supported by a comprehensive Boeing solution for operations and training.

Volotea recently surpassed the million passenger mark enabled by its operation from 52 European airports, currently serving 97 city pairs.

There are more than 150 Boeing 717s in service today since the first airplane was delivered in 1999. The twinjet’s technology and fleet performance have earned it the distinction of being the world’s best jetliner serving the 100-passenger airline market.

Top Copyright Photo: Micheil Keegan/ Operated by Cobham Aviation Services Australia for QANTAS, Boeing 717-2K9 VH-NXH (msn 55055) prepares to land in Perth, Western Australia.

QANTAS Link-Cobham: AG Slide Show

Volotea: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/ Boeing 717-2BL EI-EWI (msn 55170) climbs away from Southend after maintenance.

QANTAS Group to lease five Boeing 717s, order three Bombardier Q400s and cancel one Boeing 787

The QANTAS Group (QANTAS Airways) (Sydney) has  announced an update to its fleet plan to capitalize on growth in Australian domestic markets.

QANTAS will lease an additional five Boeing 717 aircraft (above) and purchase three Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft (below), due to start arriving from the second half of 2013.

The company has also made a change to its international fleet plan, with the cancellation of a single Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on order for Jetstar Airways.

The remaining 14 Boeing 787-8s will be delivered to Jetstar as planned, with the first aircraft to arrive in mid-2013. This will enable the gradual transfer of Airbus A330 aircraft from Jetstar to QANTAS Domestic and the retirement of QANTAS’ Boeing 767 fleet.

Mr Joyce said the cancellation of one B787 took advantage of flexibility in its fleet plan and contract with Boeing.

“The original 787 order for Jetstar was designed to replace all 11 of its existing A330s that are used for long haul services plus provide another four lines of flying for future growth.

“While the plan is for Jetstar’s long haul network to keep expanding we are using the flexibility in our agreement with Boeing to cancel a firm order knowing that we can replace it with one of our 50 options for this aircraft down the track, and with a full view of what market conditions are like at the time,” added Mr Joyce.

Jetstar’s short haul growth plans continue to be supported by the QANTAS Group’s existing order of Airbus A320 aircraft.

Mr Joyce said the QANTAS Group remained firmly committed to the Dreamliners for both Qantas International and Jetstar, and that it retained options and purchase rights for 50 Boeing 787s of either -8 or -9 variants available for delivery from 2016.

In an important milestone for the Jetstar Boeing 787 program, production of its first aircraft has just begun. With delivery of the aircraft not due until mid-2013, the airline is confident current technical issues will be resolved by Boeing.

The decision to amend the 787 order was reached at the end of 2012 and the agreement with Boeing has now been finalized.

The fleet changes announced will have no material impact on the Group’s planned capital expenditure, which remains unchanged at $1.8 billion for FY13 and $1.9 billion for FY14.

Top Copyright Photo: Peter Gates. Boeing 717-231 VH-NXN (msn 55095) of Cobham Aviation Services Australia operating as a QANTAS Link carrier poses for the camera at Brisbane.

QANTAS Link-Cobham Aviation Services Australia: AG Slide Show


QANTAS Link-Sunstate Airlines: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-QOC (msn 4117) of Sunstate Airlines approaches the Sydney hub.

Cobham Aviation to expand its market in Australia by using gravel airstrips

Cobham Aviation Services Australia (Adelaide) is planning to expand its scope of operations by using a new gravel kit on its fleet of BAe 146s according to this report by The Australian. The carrier has been experimenting with gravel kits for the past 18 months and plans to fly into remote locations.

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QANTAS Link to expand Boeing 717 operations in Queensland

QANTAS Link will launch new Boeing 717 services to Rockhampton and Gladstone on March 15 and Mackay on March 26, 2012.

The introduction of two 115-seat QANTAS Link Boeing 717-200 aircraft in Queensland will deliver an increase of over 200,000 seats per year in Queensland.

The combined QANTAS Link fleet includes five Bombardier DHC-8 200s (Q200s), 16 DHC-8-300s (Q300s), 25 DHC-8-400s (Q400) and 11 Boeing 717-200 aircraft.

Cobham Aviation Services (formerly National Jet Services) (Adelaide) Cobham operates the 11 Boeing 717-200 aircraft on behalf of QANTAS regional subsidiary QANTAS Link. The company flies more than one million passengers for QANTAS Link each year, across 300 sectors per week. Other than the physical supply of the actual Boeing 717 aircraft by QANTAS, Cobham provides all the necessary resources and infrastructure required to deliver this service. This includes all pilots, cabin crew, the high capacity CASA approved Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and associated regulatory compliance systems as well as the engineering and maintenance support for the entire Boeing 717 fleet, maintaining QANTAS Link’s branding strategy and standards.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Cobham Aviation Services.

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Ex-BA CityFlyer BAe RJ100 G-BZAW is ready for its journey to Australia

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. G-BZAW is pictured at Southend with the special tail markings.

Cobham Aviation Services (Australia) (formerly National Jet Systems) (Adelaide) is ready to import this ex-BA CityFlyer BAe RJ100 registered G-BZAW (msn E3354). It will be the first RJ100 registered in Australia.