Airlines of Tasmania

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This article is about an airline called Airlines of Tasmania. For a list of airlines of Tasmania, see List of airlines of Australia.
Airlines of Tasmania
Airlines of Tasmania logo.svg
IATA
FO
ICAO
ATM
Callsign
AIRTAS
Founded 1978
Operating bases Cambridge Aerodrome
Launceston Airport
Fleet size 18
Destinations 4 (scheduled)
Company slogan Your Tasmanian Airline
Parent company Cambridge Aerodrome
Headquarters Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Website www.airtasmania.com.au, www.paravionairlines.com.au

Airlines of Tasmania, also known by the name Par-Avion in some markets,[1] is a regional airline based in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It operates a fleet of light aircraft on scheduled and chartered services between Launceston in Tasmania and Cape Barren Island, as well as Essendon in Victoria and Griffith in New South Wales. Airlines of Tasmania owns and operates Cambridge Aerodrome, a flying training school which is affiliated with the University of Tasmania and a tourism business into the Southwest National Park of Tasmania.

History[edit]

Par-Avion Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander on the Melaleuca Airstrip in Tasmania's South West Wilderness
Cessna 404 at Griffith Airport in New South Wales

Airlines of Tasmania was established as a regular public transport operator (previously it had been an airwork operator) in 1978, along with Par-Avion, a different branding used for chartered and sightseeing flights.[2] During its early years, the company had regular services to the West Coast from Queenstown and Strahan.[3][4] In the 2004–2005 year there was a service between Hobart and Strahan, but this service was closed due to marginal traffic. Early in 2008, the airline moved its Melbourne operations from Moorabbin Airport to Essendon Airport, due to the airline upgrading its fleet by introducing the Dornier Do 228.

During October 2010, Sharp Airlines took over all scheduled operations to Flinders Island.

During July 2012, Sharp Airlines took over all scheduled operations to King Island.

In December 2013, the airline announced a partnership with the University of Tasmania, for flying training study as part of a Tertiary Qualification.

In February 2014, the airline announced it was intending to expand into the mainland and commence regular services from Essendon to Griffith.[5] Following approval by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the airline announced the first services would begin on 17 March, under the Par Avion brand.[6] It is expected the airline will use Cessna 404 Titan equipment on the new route.

Destinations[edit]

As of July 2011, Airlines of Tasmania mainly focusses on chartered flights. Scheduled flights are offered twice weekly between Launceston Airport and Cape Barren Island.[7] The sightseeing flights under the Par Avion branding are conducted from the Cambridge Aerodrome base near Hobart.[8][9]

Fleet[edit]

An Airlines of Tasmania Piper PA-31 Navajo

As of April 2014, the Airlines of Tasmania fleet consists of the following aircraft:[10]

Airlines of Tasmania fleet
Aircraft In Service
Aero Commander 500S
1
Beechcraft Duchess
1
Britten-Norman Islander
3
Cessna 172
4
Cessna U206G
2
Cessna 404 Titan
2
Piper PA-31 Navajo
2
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
3
Total 18

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