Fight West Airlines

IATA Code: YC

ICAO Code: FWQ

Known As: Flight West Airlines

Full Name: Flight West Airlines Pty Ltd.

Country: Australia

Call sign: Flight West




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Brief History


Flight West Airlines was established by Sir Dennis Buchanan in 1987 to operate subsidised passenger services to remote communities on Queensland Government contracts.

Initially the airline used Beechcraft King Air aircraft on these services from a base in Brisbane, and then quickly expanded, adding DHC-6 Twin Otters and an EMB 110 to the fleet. A second base was established in Cairns. It was soon operating the most extensive network of routes throughout regional Queensland.

From bases in Brisbane, Townsville and Carins it served major cities and small regional communities throughout the state including communities on Cape York Peninsula and in the Torres Strait, major coastal cities and islands, and cities and towns in western Queensland.

Flight West Airlines went into voluntary liquidation on the 19th  June 2001

Most of the assets of Flight West, including the Fokker jets and the Embraer EMB 120s were purchased by Queensland Airline Holdings, the parent company of Alliance Airlines. Alliance Airlines operated the Fokker 100s on selected charter routes from Brisbane, Townsville and Mount Isa for a period of time before suspending these regular services and operating ad hoc charter services.

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