Air North



Known As: Air North

Full Name: Capiteq Limited trading as Airnorth

Country: Australia

Call sign: Topend

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Brief History

The airline was established in 1978 and started operations on 4 July that year.

It operated charter flights only until scheduled services were introduced in 1981.
It was formerly known as Air North International.

In October 2003 Airnorth acquired the assets of Airlines of South Australia (ASA) with the intention of gradually merging the two companies and operating under Airnorth's Air Operator's Certificate.

In March 2004 Airnorth acquired the assets of Emu Airways, but in 2005 sold off both ASA and Emu. Airnorth is owned by Skyport Group (55%), QTEC (31%) and John Gamble (14%).

On 9 November 2005, ASA and Emu Airways ceased operations.

Airnorth is part of a new coalition of regional air services in Australia, RegionalLink Airlines, put together by Darwin-based aviation services company Capiteq Limited.

This is Australia's first airline franchise operation. All of the participating airlines will continue to trade in their local markets under their own names, the logos of which will be featured on the fuselages of aircraft within the group.

In May 2004 Airnorth signed a contract with Indonesian operator Merpati Nusantara Airlines to provide services between Darwin and Kupang in West Timor using Embraer Brasilia aircraft.

The airline operates over 185 departures weekly, serving 16 destinations in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland and Timor-Leste including:

Domestic scheduled destinations: Broome, Darwin, Gove, Groote Eylandt, Karratha, Kununurra, Maningrida, Milingimbi, Elcho Island, McArthur River mine, Mount Isa, Perth, Port Hedland, Port Keats and to the Gold Coast, Townsville.

International scheduled destinations: Dili (East Timor).

Domestic charter destinations: Argyle diamond mine, Horn Island, Truscott and the Tiwi Islands.

As of August 2011 the Airnorth fleet consists of the following aircraft:

 3 Embraer 170
 4 Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia
 3 Fairchild Metro 23