Emu Airways operated for close to 30 years and was previously owned by Emu Air Charter Pty Ltd. It was acquired in March 2004 by Darwin based aviation services company Capiteq Limited, as part of a major new coalition of regional air services in Australia, RegionalLink Airlines. This was considered Australia’s first airline franchise operation. All of the participating airlines would continue to trade in their local markets under their own names, the logos of which were featured on the fuselages of aircraft within the group. However, Emu Airways and partner Airlines of South Australia ceased operations on 9 November 2005, citing the entry of QantasLink and other factors in their decision.