Brindabella Airlines

IATA Code: FQ

ICAO Code: -

Known As: Brindabella

Full Name: Brindabella Airlines Ltd

Country: Australia

Call sign: Brindabella




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Brief History


The airline was established and started operations in 1994. It began as an executive charter and aircraft hire service, with an affiliated aircraft maintenance business. In 2000, Brindabella Airlines added a flight training school to its operations, and in April 2003, scheduled Regional airline services. It is wholly owned by Jeffrey Boyd and Lara Corry-Boyd and employs 38 staff.

Brindabella Airlines operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations.

 Albury
 Armidale
 Canberra
 Cobar
 Newcastle
 Coffs Harbour
 Brisbane
 Sydney
 Tamworth
 Moree

A service to La Trobe Valley Regional Airport (Traralgon, Victoria) from Canberra began on 5 September 2005. This service primarily catered for public servants traveling between the national capital and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) center in Traralgon.

It was suspended in May 2006 due to low load factors reportedly costing the airline over $200,000

In August 2006, Sunshine Express Airlines and Brindabella Airlines announced that an agreement had been reached for Brindabella to take over the New South Wales coastal routes currently operated by Queensland’s privately owned airline, Sunshine Express. On October 1 2007, Brindabella commenced regular passenger transport operations to Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Brisbane.

Brindabella Airlines introduced the BAe Jetstream 41 aircraft on 5 May 2008

As of August 2011 a total of 8 aircraft are in Brindabella Airlines service:
 
These aircraft are used for scheduled services.
 5 Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III
 2 BAe Jetstream 41
 
This aircraft is used for charter services and pilot training.
 1 Piper PA-31 Navajo

In 2011 Jeff Boyd sold the airline to Business Air Holdings Pty Ltd, itself owned by former Grand Prix motorcycle racing competitors Roger Burnett and James Toseland; and Ian Woodley, the Chairman of BMI Regional owner Sector Aviation Holdings.Business Air Holdings also owned Aeropelican Air Services.

In July 2013 the operations of Aeropelican Air Services and Brindabella were integrated under the Brindabella name. In July 2013 Brindabella entered a codeshare agreement with Qantas.

In November 2013 the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) grounded four of the airline's aircraft due to overdue engine inspections.Qantas then revoked its codeshare agreement with Brindabella.

On 12 December 2013, CASA grounded another six aircraft due to overdue maintenance, which caused the airline to cancel most of its flights.

On 14 December 2013 the airline suddenly announced an immediate "temporary" suspension of all services.

On 15 December 2013, KordaMentha was appointed as Receiver for the airline.

On 23 December 2013 it was announced that most of the 140 employees would be retrenched, with a dozen kept on to maintain the aircraft.

1 February 2014 The majority of Brindabella's aircraft were leased and have been returned to their owners, leaving four remaining planes and some maintenance assets.

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