Alliance Airlines

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Alliance Airlines
Alliance Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
QQ UTY UNITY
Founded 5 April 2002
Operating bases
Fleet size 33
Destinations 43
Parent company Alliance Aviation Services Limited
Headquarters Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Key people
  • Steve Padgett (Non Executive Chairman)
  • Peter Housden (Independent Non-Executive Director)
  • David Crombie (Independent Non-Executive Director)
  • Lee Schofield (Executive Director)
  • Scott McMillan (Managing Director)
Website allianceairlines.com.au

Alliance Airlines is an aviation services company based in Brisbane, Queensland with operational bases in Adelaide, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth, Townsville and Auckland, New Zealand. The Company owns and operates a fleet of Fokker aircraft including Fokker 50 turboprops and Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 jet aircraft. Alliance provides fly-in fly-out (FIFO) air charter services for Australian mining and resources industry across Australia, as well as private aircraft charters throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and South East Asia. Alliance also provides aircraft component sales and leasing worldwide [1]

History[edit]

Alliance was established in 2002 when Brisbane-based Queensland Airline Holdings acquired the assets of the dormant Flight West Airlines,[2] which had been established in May 1987 and ceased scheduled services in 2001. Alliance commenced operations with two Fokker 100 aircraft [3] and 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 which was listed on the ASX in 2011 and now has over 430 employees.[4] In November 2015, Alliance announced the purchase of 6 Fokker 70 and 15 Fokker 100 aircraft from Austrian Airlines.[5]

Safety Standards[edit]

Alliance was recognised as the first aircraft operator in Australia to attain Flight Safety Foundation Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) Gold Status in 2013 [6] and in 2016, was recognised as the first regional aircraft operator in Australia to attain IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification.[7] Alliance undergoes regular safety and compliance audits including, but are not limited to:

Services[edit]

Fly In Fly Out[edit]

Alliance Airlines operates fly-in fly-out air services (FIFO) to 28 mine sites connecting workers to some of the most remote mining and energy projects across Australia.[8] Alliance services some of the largest mining projects in Australia including Ballera, Cannington, Cloncurry, Groote Eylandt, Mt Isa, Leinster, Mount Keith, Olympic Dam, Phosphate Hill, Prominent Hill, Telfer, and The Granites.[9]

Alliance's customers are predominantly major mining and energy companies including BHP Billiton, Newcrest Mining, CITIC Pacific Mining, Incitec Pivot, South32, Santos, and OZ Minerals.[10]

In May 2014, Alliance won the contract with BHP Billiton Iron Ore for a five-year contract to operate 36 sectors a week from Perth to Coondewanna and Barimunya airports in Western Australia.[11]

In 2015, Alliance announced a contract extension with St Barbara Limited for the provision of air charter services for a further three years [12] and a five-year contract with BHP Billiton Olympic Dam mine.[13]

In 2016, Alliance announced a five-year contract with Santos Limited for jet services from Adelaide to the Cooper Basin,[14] a three-year contract extension for air charter services for South32 Cannington and Gemco mines,[15] and a 12-month contract extension with CITIC Pacific Mining for air charter services whilst the new airport/strip is under construction at Cape Preston.[16]

Aircraft Charters[edit]

Alliance Airlines provides aircraft charters throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and South East Asia for all types of group travel including:[17]

  • The resources industry
  • Inbound and domestic tourism
  • Corporate and business group travel
  • Meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE)
  • Sporting teams
  • Entertainment and media
  • Educational group travel
  • Government travel delegates

In 2015, Alliance signed a three-year contract with Tauck to operate charter flights throughout Australia and New Zealand.[18] Destinations include Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns and Sydney in Australia [19] and Auckland, Blenheim, Queenstown, Rotorua, Te Anau and Wellington in New Zealand.

Alliance is also contracted by Federal and State Government on an adhoc basis to provide air charter services. Alliance supplied two jet aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force Squadron 34 in support of the 2016 Federal Election.[20]

In 2016 Alliance Airlines and Virgin Australia announced they had signed a long term charter partnership agreement. The agreement is currently under review by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and is subject to its approval.[21]

Aircraft Sales & Leasing[edit]

Alliance Airlines provides short and long term leasing of aircraft for airline planning and capacity worldwide. The acquisition of 21 Fokker aircraft from Austrian Airlines provided Alliance with the a cost effective and guaranteed supply of engines and parts for its existing fleet, as well as significant revenue opportunities including:[22]

  • Wet leasing - complete with crew, maintenance and insurance
  • Dry leasing - aircraft only
  • Engine sales and leasing
  • Spare parts supply
  • Aircraft sales

Aircraft Maintenance[edit]

Alliance Airlines Authorised Maintenance Organisation (AMO) offers maintenance support services for Fokker specific aircraft. The AMO provides Line and Base maintenance services in all operational bases for both Alliance Airlines and third parties.

Alliance Airlines AMO is approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to provide maintenance services under the CASR Part 145 regulatory framework and valid Part 145 approval under PNG CASA. The AMO also has approved Workshop capability focusing on Fokker specific avionics and air frame components that ensure Alliance Airline’s ability to respond effectively to meeting the requirements of the aircraft operator.

Scheduled Services[edit]

Alliance Airlines offers regular passenger transport (RPT) on selected FIFO routes including:[23]

  • Adelaide to Olympic Dam
  • Cairns to Groote Eylandt
  • Perth to Karratha
  • Perth to Newman

Fleet[edit]

Alliance Airlines Fokker 50
Alliance Airlines Fokker 100

As of January 2017, the Alliance Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[24]

Alliance Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Fokker 50 5 50
Fokker 70 11 5 80 Orders for pre-owned aircraft from Austrian Airlines [25]
Fokker 100 17 10 100 Orders for pre-owned aircraft from Austrian Airlines [26]
Total 33 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ McMillan, Scott (12 December 2016). "Alliance executes extension of contract with CITIC Pacific Mining". Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  2. ^ SMH. "Queensland Premier clears Alliance Airlines, Australia's newest carrier, for take off - Latest Travel News - July 2002 - ASIA Travel Tips.com". Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Alliance Airlines - Our History". Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Alliance Airlines - Our People". Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Schofield, Lee (25 November 2015). "Alliance Aviation creates new business and establishes a European presence" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "BARS News - First aircraft operators achieve Gold registration status". Flight Safety. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "IATA - Alliance Airlines Pty Ltd". IATA. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Alliance Airlines - Where We Fly". Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Dyer, Matthew (12 September 2015). "Alliance Aviation signs new 5-year contract" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Dyer, Matthew (12 September 2015). "Alliance Aviation signs new 5-year contract" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Alliance lands biggest FIFO deal yet with BHP Iron Ore contract". Australian Aviation. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  12. ^ McMillan, Scott (15 May 2015). "Contract win/extension - St Barbara Limited" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  13. ^ Dyer, Matthew (12 September 2015). "Alliance Aviation signs new 5-year contract" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  14. ^ McMillan, Scott (12 February 2016). "Major Contract Win - Alliance executes long term contract with Santos Limited" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  15. ^ McMillan, Scott (4 July 2016). "Major contract extension - Alliance executes extension of contracts with South32" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  16. ^ McMillan, Scott (12 December 2016). "Major contract extension - Alliance executes extension of contract with CITIC Pacific Mining" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Alliance Airlines - Aircraft Charters". Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "Tauck Tours using an Australian Fokker 50 in New Zealand". CH Aviation. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Writedowns push Alliance Aviation to first half statutory loss". Australian Aviation. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  20. ^ Padgett, Steve (27 October 2016). "Annual General Meeting - Chairman's Address" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  21. ^ Freed, Jamie (15 February 2016). "Virgin Australia signs charter partnership with Alliance Aviation". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  22. ^ Schofield, Lee (25 November 2015). "Alliance Aviation creates a new business and establishes a European presence" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  23. ^ "Book A Flight". Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  24. ^ https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Alliance-Airlines-(Australia)
  25. ^ Schofield, Lee (25 November 2015). "Alliance Aviation creates a new business and establishes a European presence" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  26. ^ Schofield, Lee (25 November 2015). "Alliance Aviation creates a new business and establishes a European presence" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 

External links[edit]

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