Category Archives: REX-Regional Express

REX is installing Wi-Fi on its Boeing 737-800 fleet

Rex today announced the progressive rollout of Wi-Fi on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. Intelsat’s 2Ku Wi-Fi systems have been installed on four of the fleet of six jets in the 737 fleet and the remaining will be similarly equipped in a few months.

The relaunch of flights from Melbourne to Sydney and Canberra next week will be followed by Melbourne-Adelaide on November 26 and both Melbourne-Gold Coast and Sydney-Gold Coast on December 17.

Business class travelers will enjoy complimentary internet Wi-Fi throughout their journey. Passengers in economy will also enjoy free internet Wi-Fi until the end of November after which they’ll be able to access the internet for a small fee.

Rex passengers will also have access to a new Inflight Entertainment (IFE) portal featuring inflight information, weather and a variety of free-of-charge TV shows and movies which will all be refreshed on a regular basis.

Wi-Fi is just the latest addition to enhance Rex’s customer experience with passengers already enjoying free checked baggage and on-board refreshments as part of a full service offering delivered with country-style hospitality.

Rex is the only airline in Australia that offers a COVID Refund policy for new bookings, which guarantees full refunds for any passenger affected by COVID-related cancellations, rescheduling, border closures and travel restrictions.

REX to reinstate Boeing 737-800 services connecting Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra

REX Airlines will reinstate its six Boeing 737-800s on the routes linking Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra on November 15.

The fleet has been grounded since July due to state closures.

REX reports a projected loss of $18 million, will “stand down” to stem losses

REX issued this guidance:

Further to the profit guidance provided by Rex on 9 June 2021, which forecast a profit before tax loss of $15m for the Financial Year (FY) 2021, Rex is now giving revised profit guidance based on up-to-date information.

The lockdowns that eventuated in New South Wales in June and the ensuing border closures have significantly impacted revenue. Furthermore, no measures were taken initially to mitigate the losses as the lockdown was perceived to be temporary and of short duration. Consequently, the losses for the month of June increased substantially and Rex now believes that the statutory losses for the full FY21 will be $18m.

Rex will be implementing temporary stand downs within the Company after consultation with the stakeholders. The number of such stand downs will be released at the end of the week after the consultations.

Rex will be releasing more details when it releases the audited financial reports on August 31, 2021, including its view on the outlook for aviation in Australia in the months ahead.

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of 60 Saab 340 and six Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to 61 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.

REX secures two additional Boeing 737-800s

"Our heart is in the country"

Rex today announced it had signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a lessor for the lease of two Boeing 737-800NGs.

The two aircraft are expected to arrive in late August, increasing the 737 fleet to eight, and are scheduled to enter service on Rex’s domestic network in September.

Rex’s Deputy Chairman, the Hon John Sharp AM, said, “It was only in November last year that we confirmed financing for Rex’s foray into the domestic market and within six months we have already obtained approval for the jet operations on our Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC), recruited and trained crews and engineers, procured six aircraft and started operations on five domestic routes, with the first services commencing on March 1, 2021.

Rex currently operates 737 services from Melbourne to Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide, and Canberra and from Sydney to Gold Coast. The two additional aircraft will provide Rex with the ability to launch new routes to other capital cities, large regional centres and popular leisure destinations.

The new routes will be announced shortly.

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of 60 Saab 340 and six Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to 61 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.

Top Copyright Photo: REX (Regional Express Airlines) Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-RQC (msn 33797) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 952654.

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Rex Airlines attacks QANTAS refund policy

Rex Airlines is heating up its battle with QANTAS Airways in Australia. The airline is attacking QANTAS Airways refund policy.

Rex Airlines made this announcement on social media:

Rex today publicized its COVID-19 Refund Policy.

Rex is doing this because it believes that the best way to rebuild confidence in flying again is to provide Australians with complete peace of mind against any COVID-related disruption by providing a full cash refund speedily.

The guarantee even extends to promotional tickets that are normally subject to ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ conditions. Qantas on the other hand is using underhanded tactics to avoid refunding passengers.

The airline is also lowering its air fares on the major routes like Sydney – Melbourne.

REX to take on QANTAS with low fares and a larger Boeing 737-800 fleet

REX (Regional Express Airlines) Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-RQC (msn 33797) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 952671.

REX issued this guidance:

Rex wishes to update the market on the trading conditions of its operations in this Financial Year (FY).

On the regional market front, the overall demand is back to 60% of pre-COVID levels but the recovery is uneven across the States. In Queensland for example, demand has exceeded preCOVID levels with our capacity back to 100% of what it was. Western Australia is also recovering very strongly and is approaching pre-COVID levels.

Rex is cautiously expanding its regional network in an effort to stimulate demand. We are keeping our capacity growth about 5% ahead of demand growth. Rex’s regional capacity is therefore 35% of what it was pre-COVID.

Rex has embarked on an aggressive expansion on new regional routes. Rex started operations in Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie on March 28, 2021. These two large regional cities were monopolized by Qantas. Combined the two centers had about 40% of the number of passengers in Rex’s entire regional network.

Rex will also soon be announcing entry into other Qantas monopoly ports.

With the cessation of JobKeeper and the huge reduction in government assistance from April onwards, Rex’s regional operations appear to be slightly loss-making at the current demand levels. Rex is hopeful that demand will increase in the months ahead to return the regional operations to profitability.

Rex has also successfully launched five domestic routes since March and plans to launch more as it hopes to augment its jet fleet from the six Boeing 737-800NGs currently to 10 by the end of the year.

Rex’s entry into the domestic market has been predictably met by typical Qantas predatory behavior of capacity dumping.

Rex is determined to stand its ground and has introduced neverseen-before full service fares of $39 between Sydney and Melbourne.

Rex’s cash position has improved exponentially. Without counting the cash injection of $50 million from the convertible note issued to PAG (out of a maximum of $150 million), Rex’s unencumbered cash reserves increased by 1,000% compared to March 2020 due to the very strong advanced bookings on its five new domestic and two new regional routes. Rex expects this to improve further as more routes are introduced.

Rex believes that it will finish the FY 2021 with a breakeven situation. Rex is one of the rare airlines in the world able to achieve this incredible outcome during the pandemic whilst at the same time funding the expansion of the business into the domestic airline market.

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of 60 Saab 340 and six Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to 61 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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Top Copyright Photo: REX (Regional Express Airlines) Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-RQC (msn 33797) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 952671.

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REX adds its sixth Boeing 737-800

REX has made this announcement:

REX has taken delivery of another Boeing 737-800NG, the sixth to join the airline’s growing fleet of jet aircraft.

The 737, with the registration VH-RYU, touched down in Sydney after emerging from the lessor’s paint facility adorned in the distinctive REX livery.

It will soon enter service on the airline’s domestic network which now spans Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Canberra.

REX expects to take delivery of two more aircraft in July and hopes to grow its fleet of Boeing 737- 800 NG by the end of the year.

REX is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of 60 Saab 340 and six Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft to 62 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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REX becomes a new Boeing 737 operator, jet services to start on March 1

"Our heart is in the country"

REX – Regional Express Airlines is entering the competitive interstate domestic mainline market in Australia with six former Virgin Australia 176-seat Boeing 737-800NGs starting in March 2021.

 

REX jet services between Sydney and Melbourne will commence on March 1, 2021.

REX is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of 60 SAAB 340 aircraft (pre-COVID) on 1,500 weekly flights to 59 destinations throughout all states in Australia.

The pictured VH-RQC was painted in Jakarta and arrived in Sydney on December 24, 2020 (below) to a water canyon salute.

In other news, the airline is also introducing new uniforms with this announcement:

As Rex’s inaugural domestic services between Sydney and Melbourne fast approach, Rex on January 23, 2021 unveiled its refreshed cabin crew uniforms. The new uniform retains the essence of Rex’s signature country hospitality but is presented in a classic yet elegant style. Rex’s National Flight Attendant Manager, Donna Griffith, said, “This fresh new look is intended to update Rex’s signature country hospitality. We have chosen a clean, fuss-free look that is simple yet elegant. Materials and cut have been carefully selected to provide comfort and practicality for my cabin crew.” “We are very proud that our uniforms are not designed by any famous designer. As with everything else we do in Rex, we have done everything in-house, from the design to the selection of material. This is who we are. This is what we do. This is why we are one of the most successful airlines in the world.”

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): REX (Regional Express Airlines) Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-RQC (msn 33797) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 952654.

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REX takes delivery of its first Boeing 737

Rex Airlines has taken a huge step towards launching its domestic operations, with the delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft.

The plane touched down in Sydney this afternoon (November 5).

It’s the first of six 737s leased by Rex and will be used for training activities before the proving flight for the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) on December 5, 2020.

Rex will begin flying Melbourne-Sydney return services on March 1 next year and to Brisbane from Easter.

The livery for Rex’s domestic airline fleet will be released by the end of the month.

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional airline operating a fleet of 60 SAAB 340 aircraft (pre-COVID) on some 1,500 weekly flights to 59 destinations throughout all states in Australia. In addition to the regional 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. Rex will move into the domestic market from March 2021, flying 737-800 NGs between Melbourne-Sydney- Brisbane.

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REX reverses course on shutting down all Queensland operations

REX – Regional Express has made this announcement:

Following a last minute intervention from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Regional Express (REX) has agreed to reverse its decision to suspend services from April 1, 2020.

REX will resume full services on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 and will introduce a reduced schedule from April 2, 2020 on all five (5) TMR regulated routes.

A final agreement has not yet been reached with TMR on the reduced schedule, however REX will run the reduced schedule in good faith until April 8, 2020, after which the total suspension of all REX’s services in Queensland may still proceed.

The details of the reduced schedule are appended to this media release.

Regional Express (REX) is Australia’s largest independent regional airline operating a fleet of 60 SAAB 340 aircraft on some 1,500 weekly flights to 59 destinations throughout all states in Australia. In addition to the regional 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.