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For the Canadian airline, see Air North.
Airnorth logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1978
Hubs Darwin International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Qantas Frequent Flyer
Alliance Qantas
Fleet size 14
Destinations 24
Company slogan "Together We Fly"
Parent company Bristow Helicopters Australia
Headquarters Darwin, Northern Territory Australia
Key people
  • Daniel Bowden, (CEO)

Capiteq Limited,[1] trading as Airnorth, is a regional airline[2] based at Darwin International Airport in Marrara, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.[3] It operates scheduled and charter services in the Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, and East Timor. [4]

Airnorth carries in excess of 300,000 passengers per year[5]


Airnorth headquarters at Darwin Airport.

The airline was established in 1978 and started operations on 4 July that year. It operated charter flights only until scheduled services were introduced in 1981. It was formerly known as Air North International. In October 2003 Airnorth acquired the assets of Airlines of South Australia (ASA) with the intention of gradually merging the two companies and operating under Airnorth's Air Operator's Certificate. In March 2004 Airnorth acquired the assets of Emu Airways, but in 2005 sold off both ASA and Emu. On 9 November 2005, ASA and Emu Airways ceased operations.

In May 2004 Airnorth signed a contract with Indonesian operator Merpati Nusantara Airlines to provide services between Darwin and Kupang in West Timor using Embraer Brasilia aircraft.

On 5 February 2015, it was announced that Bristow Helicopters Australia Ltd., a division of the US-based Bristow Group, had acquired an 85 percent controlling interest in Airnorth[6] Bristow stated that Airnorth would retain its name and brand identity.[7] Later in 2015 Bristow Helicopters Australia purchased the remaining shares to obtain full ownership.[8]


Airnorth Fairchild Metro 23 at Kununurra Airport

The airline operates over 300 scheduled and contract charter departures weekly, serving over 20 domestic and international destinations including:

In addition to scheduled flights, Airnorth operates ad-hoc charter services for a wide variety of companies including mining & resources, defence and government clients. [9] [10]


As of September 2016 the Airnorth fleet consists of the following aircraft:[11][12]

Airnorth Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers
Embraer E170LR 5 0 76
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia 6 0 30
Fairchild Metro 23 3 0 19
Total 14 0

On 9 July 2008, Airnorth announced that it had ordered its second Embraer 170; it was the first Embraer 170-AR (Advanced Range) to be built and was delivered to the airline in April 2009.[13][14]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

Airnorth Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia at Darwin International Airport during the dry season.
  • On 22 March 2010, two Airnorth crew members were killed while conducting routine ongoing training, when one of its 30-seater Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia aircraft (registration; VH-ANB) crashed into bushland near the RAAF Base Darwin golf course at approximately 10:10 (ACST), shortly after taking at Darwin International Airport.[15][16][17]

On-Time performance[edit]

Airnorth does not currently report on-time performance through the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.[18]


  1. ^ ABNLookup – Current details for 24 008 137 559
  2. ^ CASA website link to Airnorth Air Operator Certificate retrieved 8 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Contact us." Airnorth. Retrieved on 10 February 2011. "Administration 4 Lancaster Road MARRARA."
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. pp. 70–71. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Desloires, Vanessa; Thompson, Sarah (6 February 2015). "Bristow Group buys 85pc Airnorth stake". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Bristow Helicopters Australia Acquires Controlling Interest In Airnorth" (Press release). Houston, Texas: Bristow Group. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
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  11. ^ Australian civil aircraft register search, using "Capiteq" as the search parameter. Search conducted 20 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Our Fleet". Airnorth. 
  13. ^ "Airnorth acquires its second E170 jet". Airnorth. 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  14. ^ Bourchier, Daniel (2009-04-20). "Airnorth considers return of Darwin to Bali flight". Northern Territory News. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  15. ^ "Two pilots killed in Darwin plane crash". Northern Territory News. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  16. ^ "Media briefing: Aircraft accident at Darwin Airport". Australian Transport Safety Bureau. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  17. ^ "Two killed in plane crash at Darwin". Australian Associated Press. Sydney Morning Herald. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  18. ^ "Airline On Time Performance Statistics —Monthly". 

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