Network Aviation

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Network Aviation
IATA ICAO Callsign
NA various (aircraft registration) QJE or aircraft registration (eg "NXH")
Founded 1998
Hubs Perth Airport
Subsidiaries Network Turbine Solutions
Fleet size 14
Destinations 18
Company slogan 'Our People making the Difference'
Parent company Qantas
Headquarters Perth Airport
Key people Hugh Davin, CEO

Network Aviation is an airline based at Perth Airport, operating air charter services in support of "fly-in fly-out" mining operations throughout Western Australia. In partnership with subsidiary engineering provider Network Turbine Solutions, Network Aviation operates over 50 flights a week on behalf of mining companies to facilitate crew changes at remote sites.[1][2]


EMB-120ER in polished aluminium livery at Perth Airport in September 2010
Flight line at Perth Airport in October 2010 with a Fokker 100 in the foreground

After assisting to establish Skippers Aviation, Lindsay Evans founded Network in 1998. Originally operating a mix of smaller aircraft types such as Cessna 441 Conquests, Cessna 310s and Beechcraft Super King Airs, in partnership with key clients Network grew into larger types and commenced operating Embraer Brasilias in 2000 and Fokker 100s in 2008.[3]

In February 2011, Network Aviation was purchased by Qantas.[4] Network retains its current management, employees and operating structure, with the business to be aligned with Qantas' operations, standards and processes. With the purchase, Qantas stated it is looking at significantly growing Network's fleet and operations.[5]

In February 2011 Qantas announced that it was purchasing 10 Fokker 100 aircraft for its Network Aviation operation.

In May 2014 Network Aviation received approval to operate three weekly services from Perth to Learmonth with Fokker 100s.[6]

In March 2015 Qantaslink withdrew all their Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 RPT services from WA. Network Aviation took over these services to Geraldton, Western Australia and some services (Flights shared with Cobham Aviation Boeing 717 services) to Learmonth, Western Australia.[7] On 31 July 2015, Qantas announced that the Network branded Fokker 100 aircraft would be progressively rebranded into the QantasLink brand.[8][9]


Network Aviation operates regular RPT services to fixed schedules from Perth Airport to the following destinations in Western Australia:.[10] The airline also operates a number of charters to select destinations to facilitate "Fly-In, Fly-Out" working rosters on mining sites.


VH-NHC Fokker 100 in QantasLink livery taxiing at Wagga Wagga Airport

As of October 2015 the Network Aviation fleet consists of the following aircraft:[11]

All aircraft are slated to be repainted in the QantasLink livery as of July 2015:[12]


  1. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 55. 
  2. ^ CASA web site link to Network Aviation Air Operator Certificate retrieved 2009-01-30.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Mining Boom Gave Network Aviation a Flying Start". The West Australian. 15 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Qantas confirms Network acquisition Australian Aviation 13 December 2010
  5. ^ "Qantas Takeover of Network Aviation". WA Business News. 14 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Network gets the nod to take on Qantas run" The Australian 30 May 2014 page 30
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Flying Kangaroo rebrand for network aviation F100 aircraft". Qantas. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Frame, Chris (31 July 2015). "Network Aviation becomes QantasLink". Australian Aviation (Phantom Media). Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Network Aviation website home page, listing the scheduled arrival and departure times. Retrieved: 30 September 2010.
  11. ^ Australian civil aircraft register search, using "Network Aviation" as the search parameter. Search conducted 27 October 2015.
  12. ^

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