Skytrans Airlines

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Skytrans Airlines
Skytrans logo.svg
Founded October 1990
Hubs Cairns Airport
Secondary hubs Brisbane Airport
Perth Airport
Toowoomba Airport
Fleet size 12
Destinations 25
Parent company Wild Group of Companies
Headquarters Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Key people Simon Wild, CEO

Skytrans is an Australian airline and air charter business with bases in Cairns, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Perth. The airline operates scheduled passenger services from Cairns and Brisbane to 25 locations through Queensland and New South Wales. They are a major operator of the Bombardier Dash 8 series of aircraft in Australia, seating 36-50 passengers.


Skytrans was formed in October 1990 as a charter airline, and began scheduled flights in 1993. In November 2000, Skytrans merged with AirSwift Aviation, another small regional airline based in Cairns. In June 2001, Skytrans took over services to Cooktown and Karumba from MacAir Airlines. In January 2005, the airline began to operate in competition with QantasLink on the Cairns — Townsville route, operating from its own terminals in both cities.

In December 2006, the airline was acquired from its founders by Australian Aviation Holdings, which also owns Queensland Regional Airlines and Inland Pacific Air. Skytrans and QRA have now merged under the Skytrans banner.

In July 2009 Skytrans changed its IATA designator from NP to Q6.


Skytrans DHC-8-300 in current colour scheme at Sydney Airport, 2013
Skytrans de Havilland Canada DHC-8 (Old colour scheme)

As of October 2013 the Skytrans fleet consists of:[1][2]

Skytrans Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Notes
de Havilland Canada Dash 8-102 9
de Havilland Canada Dash 8-311 3
Total 12


Skytrans provides scheduled service flights to a number of prominently Queensland destinations and operates charter flights throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea and the SW Pacific. The airline also provides fly-in fly-out charter services to many large companies within the mining sector.

Scheduled flights operate from Cairns to Lockhart River, Coen, Aurukun, Mount Isa, Bamaga, Edward River, Normanton, Doomadgee, Mornington Island, Burketown and Kowanyama.

Scheduled flights operate from Brisbane to Sydney, Toowoomba, Charleville, Quilpie, Windorah, Birdsville, Bedourie, Boulia, Mount Isa, St George, Cunnamulla and Thargomindah. Skytrans intends to launch flights from Toowoomba to Roma in January 2013 using Dash-8 aircraft [3] and is establishing a new base at Toowoomba Airport [4]

Skytrans wet leases three of its Dash 8s to Maroomba Airlines.[5]

Scheduled destinations[edit]

As of October 2013, Skytrans offers scheduled service at the following locations:[6]

In the community[edit]

Skytrans is the major sponsor of the Cairns Taipans in the NBL and supports various causes such as AFL Kickstart, Choice Business Australia, The Queensland Cancer Council, and Harold's House.


External links[edit]