Hazelton Airlines

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Hazelton Airlines
Hazelton Logo.png
Hazelton Airlines logo
IATA ICAO Callsign
ZL HZL Hazelton
Founded 1953
Commenced operations 1975
Ceased operations 2001
Fleet size Auster Aiglet; Cessna 310; Piper PA-31 Navajo; Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante; Saab 340; Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner; Shorts 360
Parent company Ansett Australia
Headquarters Cudal, New South Wales, Australia
Key people Max Hazelton
A Hazelton Fairchild Metro 23 wearing the airline's 1990s-era colour scheme
A Saab 340 in the colour scheme adopted by Hazelton after its takeover by Ansett Australia

Hazelton Air Services Pty Limited, trading as Hazelton Airlines, was an Australian regional airline which operated until 2001. It was established as an independent airline but by the end of its existence had become a subsidiary of Ansett Australia.[1][2]

Founded in 1953 by Max Hazelton, alongside his brother Jim, with a single Auster Aiglet aircraft offering charter services from a farm near Toogong, New South Wales, the fledgeling organisation was in 1959 relocated to Cudal (near Orange) in NSW. Its scheduled passenger operations began in 1975 with flights between Orange NSW and Canberra ACT. By the 1980s Hazelton operated a sizeable fleet of piston-engined and turboprop aircraft including Cessna 310s, Piper PA-31-350 Chieftains and Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirantes, Shorts 360's as well as Cessna A188 Ag Husky crop sprayers. In the 1990s Hazelton divested itself of its piston-engined passenger aircraft and associated routes in Western NSW to Air Link of Dubbo (an organisation that was still operating many of the same aircraft when purchased by the successor company to Hazelton, Regional Express, in 2006). At the end of its existence the airline operated an all-turboprop fleet of Saab 340 and Fairchild Metro 23 aircraft.[2][1]

Following the collapse of its parent company in 2001, the airline was acquired by a consortium known as Australiawide Airlines and was merged with fellow Ansett subsidiary Kendell Airlines to create Regional Express.[3][2][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Max Hazelton Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Rural Legends, author: Bruce Reynolds, accessed: 5 August 2012
  2. ^ a b c Our company history – Hazelton Regional Express website, accessed: 5 August 2012
  3. ^ "Regional Express takes off amid dogfight down under". Taipei Times. 2002-08-02. Retrieved 2008-08-24.