Toll Aviation

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Toll Aviation
Toll logo.svg
IATA
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ICAO
TFX
Callsign
TOLL EXPRESS
Founded 1989 (as Jetcraft Aviation)
Hubs Brisbane Airport
Bankstown Airport
Secondary hubs Adelaide Airport
Fleet size 12
Parent company Toll Holdings
Headquarters Brisbane, Australia
Website www.tollaviation.com/

Toll Aviation, formerly Jetcraft Aviation, is an airline based in Brisbane, Australia. It operates priority air freight services on behalf of Toll Priority. Its main base is Brisbane Airport, with hubs at Sydney's Bankstown Airport and Adelaide International Airport "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 98. .</ref>[1]

History[edit]

The airline was established as cargo charter company Jetcraft Aviation in 1989, operating initially in Queensland with two Mitsubishi MU-2Gs and a Fairchild SA226-TC Metro II. In the next two years the Metro fleet was gradually built up and the MU-2s withdrawn. The company also operated an Aerostar 601P from Mackay, and two Beechcraft B58 Barons from Archerfield Airport in Brisbane. An IAI WW24 Westwind was leased to operate a Wards Express freight contract with jetCraft pilots between Darwin, Alice Springs and Melbourne halfway through 1992. By 1993 the fleet consisted of one Westwind, three Metro IIs and three SA227-AC Metro IIIs, an Aerostar, and two Barons.[2] On 16 April that year Jetcraft suffered its first aircraft loss in a non-fatal landing accident to a Metro II at Mackay Airport.[3] Later the same year it established its Bankstown hub, flying bank documents and general freight on behalf of Security Express initially with the two remaining Metro IIs and an Aero Commander 681 Hawk Commander, the Mitsubishi MU-2 (an MU-2J) reappearing in the fleet as well at this time.[4]

Toll Aviation ATR 42 airborne at Sydney.

In 1994 a Piper Navajo and D55 Baron were added to the Archerfield fleet.

A third SA226 (a Merlin IVA version converted as a freighter) was added to the fleet and on the evening of 9 March 1994 this aircraft was destroyed (in what was Jetcraft's only fatal accident) when it hit a mountain between Armidale and Tamworth[5] while on its daily scheduled freight run from Bankstown to northern New South Wales and return. The pilot was the only person on board. In 1995 a de Havilland Canada Dash 7 was introduced to the fleet to service a fly-in fly-out contract, transporting mine employees between Cairns International Airport and Kidston, a small community between Cairns and Julia Creek in the Queensland outback.[4] Jetcraft added the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan to its fleet in 2005 and experienced a considerable jump in capacity and capability in 2007 with the introduction of the ATR 42 into its fleet. The two ATRs and its Caravans were painted in the colours of Toll Priority, a successor company to Security Express on behalf of which Jetcraft operated most of its fleet.

On 12 December 2007 Jetcraft was placed in Administration[6] due to financial problems partly caused by the unexpected grounding of two of its aircraft and a long running dispute with its major customer.[7][8]

The company was then acquired by Toll Holdings its major customer and was renamed Toll Aviation in mid-2008;[9] operations continue with a reduced fleet.

Fleet[edit]

As of May 2013 the Toll Aviation fleet consists of the following aircraft:[10]

A Toll Aviation Cessna Grand Caravan wearing a mixed Jetcraft/Toll livery at Bankstown.
A Toll Aviation Fairchild Metro III freighter still wearing the Jetcraft Aviation livery at Canberra Airport (2006).

All aircraft in the Toll Aviation fleet were formerly operated by Jetcraft; at the time of Jetcraft being placed in administration in December 2007 the fleet numbered 19 aircraft:[11][dead link]

The two Cessna Conquests were grounded following advice from the manufacturer that it had imposed a life limit of 22,500 flying hours on all examples of the type, leading to the company being placed in Administration.[7][8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toll Aviation employment. Retrieved: 3 December 2008
  2. ^ Arbon, Tony ed. Australian Aviation Civil Aircraft Register 1993/94. Privately published by AustAirData, no ISBN.
  3. ^ Aviation Safety Network page retrieved 2007-08-24.
  4. ^ a b Australian Aviation magazine, various issues between 1990 and 1996 listing fleet changes including No. 115, March 1996, detailing the importation of DHC-7 VH-UUM to Australia. Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd. ISSN 0813-0876.
  5. ^ Aviation Safety Network page retrieved 2007-08-24.
  6. ^ A provision in Australian Law similar to Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the United States, which allows a company in financial distress to seek a solution to its problems while protected from its creditors.
  7. ^ a b Statement by Jetcraft management retrieved 2007-12-14.
  8. ^ a b CASA Media Release retrieved 2007-12-14.
  9. ^ Australian Securities & Investments Commission Toll Aviation Pty. Ltd. page retrieved 2007-12-14.
  10. ^ CASA civil aircraft register search, using "Toll Aviation" as the search parameter. Search conducted 16 May 2013.
  11. ^ CASA civil aircraft register online search conducted 2007-12-14.

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