Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) has established a fund worth A$200,000 ($135,000) in the form of air fares and other means to aid victims of the wildfires that ravaged much of the southeastern state of Victoria last month. Rex also organized collections aboard all its flights and promised to match dollar-for-dollar whatever passengers give.
While most startup airlines enjoy at least a short honeymoon with local press and industry pundits, Michael Jones spent some of his first moments on the job last month as boss of Australia’s newest regional carrier deflecting criticism about his business plan.
The global scope of the airline pilot shortage became all too clear to Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) last month, when the Sydney-based Saab 340 operator found itself forced temporarily to suspend service between the Queensland capital and the Snowy Mountains (Cooma). The suspension began November 19 and will last until next May 18, said the airline.
Australian regional airline Regional Express (Rex) announced last month that it will offer a 25-percent reimbursement of training costs to new pilots who agree to stay with the airline for at least two years. The announcement comes in response to a “severe pilot shortage [that] has resulted over the last four months in massive disruption to Rex’s operations,” according to John Sharp, deputy chairman of Regional Express Holdings.
Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) will cease operating into the city of Parkes in response to the local government’s decision to hike passenger taxes by 15 percent. Within days of the September 4 announcement, Parkes Shire Council offered further talks about the taxes, but Rex’s board has declined to reconsider its decision, arguing that it has already had two rounds of negotiations with the local politicians.
Saab Aircraft Leasing (Chalet C24-26) here on Monday announced that Australian regional airline Regional Express (Rex) has taken an additional Saab 340B on a four-year lease. Rex is also extending its existing lease contracts–two dozen Saab A340s–for another four years. The Sterling, Virginia-based company has inked 15 transactions since the beginning of the year.