Regional Express Airlines



Known As: REX (Regional Express)

Full Name: REX (Regional Express)

Country: Australia

Call sign: Rex

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Brief History

The airline was established in 2002 when the Australiawide Airlines consortium (set up by former Ansett Australia employees) acquired Hazelton Airlines and Kendell Airlines, merged the two companies and started operations in August 2002 as Rex.

In 2005, Australiawide Airlines was renamed Regional Express Holdings and partially floated on the Australian Securities Exchange.

On 30 August 2005 Rex announced the staged purchase of Pel-Air; Pel-Air became a wholly-owned subsidiary in June 2007.  On 30 November 2005, Rex announced the acquisition of the Dubbo based Air Link, another regional airline.
In October 2007, Rex expanded into Queensland when it commenced operations between Brisbane and Maryborough.

This exacerbated an existing problem within the company of not having enough pilots to crew its flights due to the expansion of larger airlines, especially Jetstar Airways and Virgin Blue.

In November 2007 Rex suspended operations out of Brisbane and from Sydney to Cooma, New South Wales during the summer .

To provide a medium-term solution to the pilot shortage, Rex announced that it was establishing a cadet-pilot flight-training programme. At the same time, Rex announced the impending retirement of Managing director Geoff Breust.

1 January 2015. Rex commenced Queensland regulated route operations.

The five regulated routes are:

Northern 1 Route
from Townsville to Winton to Longreach and return; and

Northern 2 Route
from Townsville to Hughenden to Richmond to Julia Creek to
Mount Isa and return; and

Gulf Route
from Cairns to Normanton to Mornington Island to Burketown to
Doomadgee to Mount Isa and return; and

Western 1 Route
from Brisbane to Toowoomba (Brisbane West Wellcamp) to St
George to Cunnamulla to Thargomindah and return; and

Western 2 Route
from Brisbane to Toowoomba (Brisbane West Wellcamp) to
Charleville to Quilpie to Windorah to Birdsville to Bedourie to Boulia to Mount Isa and

Regional Express (Rex), will commence services in Western Australia (WA) for the first time on 28 February 2016.
This follows the WA Government’s announcement on 9 December 2015 of Rex as the operator of two routes in its review of regulated Regular Public Transport (RPT) air services in the state. The two routes are Perth - Esperance (18 weekly return services and Perth - Albany (23 weekly return services).

The contract confers on Rex the sole right to operate these routes for the next five years beginning
on 28 February 2016.