Brindabella Airlines

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Brindabella logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
FQ BRI Brindabella
Ceased operations14 December 2013
Operating basesBrisbane
Fleet size12 (December 2013)
Parent companyBusiness Air Holdings Pty Ltd
HeadquartersCanberra International Airport
Key peoplePaul Schutz (Chief Executive Officer)
James Blake (Chief Commercial Officer)

Brindabella Airlines was an Australian regional airline established in 1994. Its headquarters were at Canberra International Airport. On 15 December 2013 the airline was placed in receivership.


Brindabella Airlines was founded by Lara Corry in March 1994 initially as an air charter service. Lara married Jeff Boyd who owned an aircraft maintenance business (WFL Engineering) later that year. The two businesses worked side by side until 2000 when they merged.[1] In 2000, Brindabella Airlines added a flight training school to its operations; and in April 2003 commenced scheduled regional airline services. The flight training school closed in mid-2010.

In May 2008 Brindabella Airlines introduced BAe Jetstream 41 aircraft. Brindabella took delivery of two J41s in December 2007. The Jetstream aircraft operated primarily on the Brisbane to Tamworth and Canberra to Newcastle routes.

In 2011 Lara and Jeff Boyd sold the airline to Business Air Holdings Pty Ltd, itself owned by former Grand Prix motorcycle racing competitors Roger Burnett and James Toseland; and Ian Woodley, the Chairman of BMI Regional owner Sector Aviation Holdings.[1][2][3] Business Air Holdings also owned Aeropelican Air Services.

In July 2013 the operations of Aeropelican Air Services and Brindabella were integrated under the Brindabella name. In July 2013 Brindabella entered a codeshare agreement with Qantas.[4]

Groundings and collapse[edit]

In November 2013 the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) grounded four of the airline's aircraft due to overdue engine inspections.[5] Qantas then revoked its codeshare agreement with Brindabella.[6]

On 12 December 2013, CASA grounded another six aircraft due to overdue maintenance, which caused the airline to cancel most of its flights.[7] On 14 December 2013 the airline suddenly announced an immediate "temporary" suspension of all services.[6][8]

On 15 December 2013, KordaMentha was appointed as Receiver for the airline.[9] On 23 December 2013 it was announced that most of the 140 employees would be retrenched, with a dozen kept on to maintain the aircraft.[10]


Brindabella Airlines British Aerospace Jetstream 41

Brindabella Airlines operated services to Brisbane, Canberra, Cobar,[11][12] Coffs Harbour, Cooma, Moree, Mudgee, Narrabri, Newcastle, Orange, Sydney and Tamworth[13]

Mining charter flights operated from Brisbane to Emerald and Townsville. A new service from Canberra to Latrobe Valley Airport commenced on 5 September 2005. This service primarily catered for public servants travelling between the national capital and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission centre in Traralgon. It was suspended in May 2006 due to low load factors reportedly costing the airline over $200,000.

In August 2006, Sunshine Express Airlines and Brindabella Airlines announced that an agreement had been reached for Brindabella to take over the New South Wales coastal routes then operated by Sunshine Express. On 1 October 2006 Brindabella commenced regular passenger transport operations to Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Brisbane, utilising the same equipment and staff previously provided by Sunshine Express.[14] In April 2008, the airline announced the introduction of a week-day direct air service between Tamworth and Brisbane. A weekend service was added shortly after.[13][15] In July 2010 Brindabella introduced a new Brisbane to Moree service.[16]

On 28 May 2012, Brindabella Airlines announced it would discontinue its daily Brisbane and Armidale flight, and its Canberra to Albury service, blaming both the Federal Government's Clean Energy Bill (better known as the carbon tax) and loss of the 'en-route rebate scheme.'[17] On 15 November 2012 Transport for New South Wales awarded a five-year license for the Sydney to Moree route serviced by a BAe Jetstream 41.[18]


As of December 2013, the fleet consisted of:[19]


  1. ^ a b "No fly-by-nighters: industry veteran at the controls as Brindabella crashes to earth" The Australian 21 December 2013
  2. ^ About Archived 4 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine Brindabella Airlines
  3. ^ "Soaring high". Cobar Age. 5 October 2011. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  4. ^ Brindabella Airlines Welcomes Qantas Airways as a Codeshare Partner Archived 4 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine Brindabella Airlines 1 July 2013
  5. ^ "CASA asks Brindabella to complete overdue engine checks". ABC News. 20 November 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Brindabella crisis: groundings sparks fears for airline". Sydney Morning Herald. 14 December 2013.
  7. ^ "CASA grounds 8 Brindabella planes". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 12 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  8. ^ Brindabella Airlines - Temporary Suspension of Services Archived 14 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine Brindabella Airlines, 14 December 2013
  9. ^ "Brindabella Airlines put into receivership - flights suspended". Canberra Times. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  10. ^ Brindabella Airline staff retrenched following company's collapse ABC News 23 December 2013
  11. ^ Herron, Robyn (10 April 2012). "Mining growth heralds more flights for Cobar". ABC News. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Brindabella putting on extra Wednesday flights". Cobar Age. 5 April 2012. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  13. ^ a b Brindabella Airlines (2009). "Brindabella announces Brisbane-Tamworth service". Archived from the original on 17 February 2011.
  14. ^ Sunshine Express ceases flights[permanent dead link] Travel Weekly 31 August 2006
  15. ^ Brindabella Airlines (31 July 2009). "Weekend Tamworth service". Archived from the original on 17 February 2011.
  16. ^ "Moree to Brisbane flights set for take off" (PDF). Brindabella Airlines. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2012.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Aeropelican & Brindabella Airlines Increase Charter Capacity" (PDF). Brindabella Airlines. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Brindabella Airlines Licensed to Expand". Brindabella Airlines. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ Australian civil aircraft register search Archived 11 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine, using "Brindabella" as the search parameter. Search conducted 19 December 2013

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