Alliance Airlines

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Not to be confused with the former Indian carrier Alliance Air and Alliance Air (Uganda)
Alliance Airlines
Alliance Airlines logo.svg
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Founded 2002
Operating bases Adelaide Airport
Brisbane Airport
Cairns Airport
Essendon Airport
Perth Airport
Townsville Airport
Fleet size 33
Destinations 37 (6 scheduled)
Parent company Alliance Aviation Services Limited
Headquarters Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Key people Steve Padgett (Chairman)
Scott McMillan (Managing Director)
Website http://www.allianceairlines.com.au/
Alliance Airlines Fokker 100 in flight near Bundaberg Airport
Alliance Airlines Fokker 100 conducting a charter for the Australian Defence Forces, taxiing at Sydney Airport in 2006
Alliance Airlines Fokker 50 at Adelaide Airport

Alliance Airlines is an air charter company providing fly-in fly-out (FIFO) transportation to the mining and energy sector. The company owns and operates a fleet of Fokker jet and turboprop aircraft out of Brisbane, Adelaide, Townsville, Cairns, Melbourne, and Perth with an operating base currently under establishment in Darwin.[1] Alliance also provides ad hoc charter and ACMI lease services to a range of corporate and government customers.[2] Alliance is publicly listed on the ASX. For the financial year ended June 30 2012 it posted a pro-forma net profit after tax of $19.1 million on revenues of $184.2 million. The airline has a market capitalisation of approximately $190 million.[3][4]

History[edit]

Alliance was established in 2002 when Brisbane-based Queensland Airline Holdings acquired the assets of the dormant Flight West Airlines,[5] which had been established in May 1987 and was liquidated in 2001. Alliance commenced operations with two Fokker 100 and two Embraer EMB120 Brasilias aircraft servicing two FIFO contracts, both of which are still serviced today.[2] Alliance has since expanded its fleet and operational capabilities to service the growing demand from the mining and energy sector. The airline is wholly owned by Alliance Aviation Services Limited and has 453 employees.[2] Steve Padgett who is chairman is part owner with Stephen Bond and Hugh Jones, chief executive of New Zealand based Airwork.[6][7]

Fleet[edit]

As of May 2013, the Alliance Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[2][8][9]

Alliance Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-400
1
148
leased from Airwork[9]
Fokker 50
7
52
Fokker 70LR
7
75
Fokker 100
18
100
Total 33

Destinations[edit]

Alliance currently operates services from seven airport bases, including Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, and Townsville to 28 mine sites across Australia under its FIFO contracts, connecting employees and remote mining and energy projects.[2] Alliance Airlines currently flies workers to some of the largest mining projects in Australia including Argyle, Ballera, Cannington, Cloncurry, Groote Eylandt, Lawn Hill, Mt Isa, Nickel West, Olympic Dam, Phosphate Hill, Prominent Hill, Shay Gap, Telfer, and the Granites. Alliance’s customers are predominantly major mining and energy companies including BHP Billiton, Newcrest Mining, Citic Pacific, Incitec Pivot, Minerals and Metals Group, Santos, and OZ Minerals.[2]

Alliance will begin charter flights between Melbourne and Ayers Rock from 4 April 2014.[10]

Lounge[edit]

Alliance currently operates a pre-flight lounge at Perth Airport, in domestic Terminal 3, for its BHP Billiton Nickel West Mining contract.[11] Alliance will be moving to the new Terminal 2 at Perth Airport on 2 March 2013.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alliance Adds Additional Fleet Unit" - Alliance Airlines Media Release
  2. ^ a b c d e f Alliance Airlines website
  3. ^ Alliance flags more aircraft | Australian Aviation Magazine. Australianaviation.com.au. Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
  4. ^ "Alliance Airlines flags more aircraft". Australian Aviation. 2012-10-22. 
  5. ^ Asia Travel Tips
  6. ^ lockheed martin | 2002 | 2356 | Flight Archive. Flightglobal.com (2002-08-12). Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
  7. ^ "Rebranded Alliance Airlines plans Expansion". Flight International. 2002-08-06. p. 4. 
  8. ^ Australian civil aircraft register search, using "Alliance Airlines" as the search parameter. Search conducted 29 May 2013
  9. ^ a b "Airwork Boeing 737-476 returns to Perth after completing maintenance in Auckland". Australian Aviation. 2013-01-02. p. 59. 
  10. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/travel/resort-operator-starts-direct-flights-from-melbourne-to-uluru-20140123-31ajv.html
  11. ^ http://www.perthairport.com/getfile.aspx?Type=document&ID=6062&ObjectType=3&ObjectID=1275[broken citation]
  12. ^ New terminal numbers at Perth | Australian Aviation Magazine. Australianaviation.com.au (2012-11-07). Retrieved on 2013-07-16.

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