Sunshine Express Airlines

IATA Code: CQ

ICAO Code: EXL

Known As: Sun Express

Full Name: Sunshine Express Airlines Pty. Ltd.

Country: Australia

Call sign: SEA




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Brief History


Established in October 1998, Sunshine Express Airlines was founded by one of Australia's aviation leaders, Steve Padgett, to serve many regional routes, mainly out of the Sunshine Coast. It started operations on 25 October 1998.

Aeromil, also founded by Steve Padgett, is Sunshine Express' parent company and also has a base at Sunshine Coast Airport.

In their first year, Sunshine Express carried over 24,000 passengers between just two destinations

Sunshine Express ceased RPT services in October 2006 to focus on Charter Operations and ceased operations altogether in  late 2007.

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