OzJet

IATA Code: O7

ICAO Code: OZJ

Known As: OzJet

Full Name: OzJet Airlines Pty Ltd.

Country: Australia

Call sign: Ausjet




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Brief History


The name Ozjet was the brain child of Peter Schott, a Metroliner pilot from New South Wales studying for his Masters of Business Administration at Swinburne University in Victoria.

The trademark "Ozjet" was registered to him in 2002 as was the original company. When the then F1 Minardi owner Paul Stoddart (born in Coburg, Victoria) announced the idea of a low cost domestic regional airline, Ausjet, a new company Ausjet Airlines Pty Ltd was created.

It was only a matter of time that Peter Schott and Paul Stoddart realised the potential of adopting the Ozjet name and the deal was done.

In 2004 the original Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd was deregistered and Ausjet Airlines Pty Ltd became Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd. Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd is now wholly owned by Paul Stoddart. Peter Schott was initially the Chief operating officer, now replaced by David Blake.

Following its pre-application meeting on 10 June 2005, Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd gained a Certificate of Airworthiness for its first jet on 28 October 2005. It was granted an Air Operator's Certificate by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority on 11 November 2005.

On 29 November 2005 OzJet commenced flying eight scheduled services per day each way between Melbourne and Sydney using Boeing 737-200 aircraft in a single class configuration of 60 seats. In December 2005 the airline commenced offering charter flights.

Initially the airline offered business class seats at fares similar to fully flexible economy class seats. As of November 2005 it operated three Boeing 737 jets in all-business-class configurations between Sydney and Melbourne. The airline commenced operations 29 November 2005 and ceased scheduled flights on 12 March 2006.

Its current fleet of 737s have been transferred from Paul Stoddart's European Aviation since September 2005. OzJet intended to expand its fleet with a further three Boeing 737-200 and four BAe 146s and to expand its network to include the cities of Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth. Ozjet's motto was "You're in Business". OzJet wanted to eventually take 10% of the business market from competitors Qantas, Virgin Blue and Jetstar.

On Sunday 12 March 2006 Chairman of OzJet Paul Stoddart announced that OzJet would cease all scheduled operations. "All stranded passengers were given flights with Qantas (economy) and all other booked fares will be given full refunds, and an opportunity to book a matching flight with Qantas at the same price. "

OzJet will now try to operate as a private charter company working with a heavily reduced staff and a reduced aircraft number. Analysts believed that there is not enough charter business to fill the planes and caution that this market is even more ruthless than regular public transport.
 
 OzJet was announced as taking over operating the regular service from Australia to Norfolk Island, replacing Air Nauru from 24 May 2006. The aircraft will be configured in a single class of 108 seats, ticketed by Qantas. OzJet's 737-200s now operate flights from Norfolk Island to Sydney, Brisbane and Newcastle for Norfolk Air.

On August 21, 2006, the airline began charter operations for Airlines of PNG between Brisbane and Port Moresby configured with 60 business class seats.

OzJet has announced the recommencement of scheduled flights, this time between Perth and Derby, starting in February 2007.

In September the same year Ozjet commenced charter flights from Perth to Bali, Indonesia operating on behalf of travel agency IndoJet, initially twice each week, subsequently increasing to four times per week.

 In October 2007 Ozjet announced that subject to regulatory approval it would commence regular services connecting Palmerston North in New Zealand with the Australian ports of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane; but decided in March 2008, just four days before the first scheduled flights, that the service would not go ahead, leaving hundreds of travellers in limbo without any information or official contact from OzJet.
 
In May 2008 it was announced that Paul Stoddart had sold his 97.4% stake in OzJet to HeavyLift Cargo Airlines. The new Chairman of OzJet, HeavyLift's Nick Leach, was reported as saying that the Boeing 737-200s would be replaced with newer and more fuel efficient 737-300s and 737-400s.
 
In October 2008 the Manawatu Standard reported that Ozjet was in talks with Palmerston North International Airport; to discuss Ozjet commencing the services from Australia to Palmerston North that had been abandoned at the time of the HeavyLift sale. In late 2008 Ozjet's services to Port Moresby on behalf of Airlines PNG ceased when Pacific Blue Airlines commenced code-share flights on 3 November.
 
On 29 April 2009 Norfolk Air CEO Jeff Murdoch announced that, following a decision by Ozjet Airlines to immediately end charter services to the island, Our Airline would be taking over all charter services on behalf of Norfolk Air. Following the grounding of OzJet's fleet, air services between Perth and Derby were restored with Fokker 100 aircraft chartered from Alliance Airlines.
 
From 3 February 2011 to 7 February 2011, flights on Strategic Airlines' website for Townsville to Denpasar (Bali) from 09 April 2011 showed as flight number O7 228. This uses Ozjet Airlines IATA airline designator prefix of O7 instead of Strategic Airlines' own VC.

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