|Fleet size||1 (A320)|
|Parent company||Strategic Group|
|Headquarters||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Key people||Michael James
Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd was a scheduled and charter airline with its head office in Tullamarine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, operating within Australasia from Melbourne Airport, Sydney Airport and Perth Airport. In 2008 the airline was sold to HeavyLift Cargo Airlines, and on 20 May 2009 it suspended its last remaining operations from Perth. In June 2009, OzJet was purchased by the Strategic group. With the insolvency of Strategic Airlines on 17 February 2012 also OzJet ceased all operations and went as part of the mother company into administration. Administrator is the company KordaMentha.
The name Ozjet was first registered as a trademark to Peter Schott, a Metroliner pilot from New South Wales studying for his Masters of Business Administration at Swinburne University in Victoria in 2002. When the Minardi Formula One team owner Paul Stoddart (born in Coburg, Victoria) announced the idea of a "low-cost" domestic regional airline, Ausjet, a new company Ausjet Airlines Pty Ltd was created. Peter Schott and Paul Stoddart realised the potential of adopting the Ozjet name and did so.. In 2004 the original Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd was deregistered and Ausjet Airlines Pty Ltd became Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd. Peter Schott was initially the Chief operating officer, then replaced by David Blake in late 2005.
Following its pre-application meeting on 10 June 2005, Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd gained a Certificate of Airworthiness for its first jet on 28 October 2005. After a number of delays Ozjet was granted an Air Operator's Certificate by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority on 11 November 2005. On 29 November 2005 OzJet commenced operations, flying eight scheduled return services per day between Melbourne and Sydney using Boeing 737-200 aircraft transferred from Paul Stoddart's European Aviation in business class configuration of 60 seats. OzJet intended to expand its fleet with up to seven further Boeing 737s and four BAe 146s and to expand its network to include the cities of Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth. Ozjet's motto was "You're in Business", reflecting its marketing and product focus on business travellers. OzJet wanted to attain a market share of no more than 10% of the business market from competitors Qantas, Virgin Blue and Jetstar Airways.
Initially the airline offered its business class seats in its three aircraft at fares similar to those of fully flexible economy class seats of its competitors. Faced with poor loads on its services (due in part to not commencing operations until just before the start of the Christmas holiday period in Australia), it had to soon resort to discounting, including "two seats-for-the-price-of-one" offers. On many of the carrier's flights, there were more flight attendants than actual passengers. The low patronage problems continued and in December 2005 the airline commenced offering charter flights.
On Sunday 12 March 2006 Chairman of OzJet Paul Stoddart announced that OzJet would cease all scheduled operations. All stranded passengers were given flights with Qantas (economy) and all other booked fares were given full refunds, and an opportunity to book a matching flight with Qantas at the same price.
On 16 May 2006, OzJet was announced as taking over operating the regular service from Australia to Norfolk Island, replacing Air Nauru from 24 May 2006. The main aircraft used on this service was configured for 108 seats (8 of which were "Bounty Class") and ticketed by Qantas & Norfolk Air. The services operated several days a week operating from the Norfolk Island base to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle for Norfolk Air.
On 21 August 2006 the airline began scheduled operations on behalf of Airlines PNG between Brisbane and Port Moresby. As of November 2007 these services were operating three times a week, originating in Brisbane each operating day.
In February 2007 OzJet recommenced scheduled flights, operating between Perth and Derby, Western Australia three times each week. In September the same year Ozjet commenced charter flights from Perth to Bali, Indonesia operating on behalf of travel agency IndoJet, initially twice each week, subsequently increasing to four times per week. In October 2007 Ozjet announced that subject to regulatory approval it would commence regular services connecting Palmerston North in New Zealand with the Australian ports of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane; but decided in March 2008, just four days before the first scheduled flights, that the service would not go ahead, leaving hundreds of travellers in limbo without any information or official contact from OzJet.
In May 2008 it was announced that Paul Stoddart had sold his 97.4% stake in OzJet to HeavyLift Cargo Airlines. The new Chairman of OzJet, HeavyLift's Nick Leach, was reported as saying that the Boeing 737-200s would be replaced with newer and more fuel efficient 737-300s and 737-400s.
In October 2008 the Manawatu Standard reported that Ozjet was in talks with Palmerston North International Airport; to discuss Ozjet commencing the services from Australia to Palmerston North that had been abandoned at the time of the HeavyLift sale. In late 2008 Ozjet's services to Port Moresby on behalf of Airlines PNG ceased when Pacific Blue Airlines commenced code-share flights on 3 November.
On 29 April 2009 Norfolk Air CEO Jeff Murdoch announced that, following a decision by Ozjet Airlines to immediately end charter services to the island, Our Airline would be taking over all charter services on behalf of Norfolk Air. Following the grounding of OzJet's fleet, air services between Perth and Derby were restored with Fokker 100 aircraft chartered from Alliance Airlines.
From 3 February 2011 to 7 February 2011, flights on Strategic Airlines' website for Townsville to Denpasar (Bali) from 9 April 2011 showed as flight number O7 228. This uses Ozjet Airlines IATA airline designator prefix of O7 instead of Strategic Airlines' own VC.
In November 2009, Ozjet's services reduced to just one route, with services flown by Alliance Airlines:
- Ozjet previously operated its own scheduled domestic services between Melbourne and Sydney. It also operated services on behalf of other airlines and travel companies:
- On behalf of Airlines PNG
- On behalf of IndoJet
- On behalf of AIOTA
- Perth, Western Australia to Christmas Island
- On behalf of Norfolk Air
Notes: 3 were never used by Ozjet.
- "Contact us." OzJet. Retrieved on 31 August 2011. "Address OZJET Airlines 15 Hewitt Way, Tullamarine VIC 3043"
- "Airline OzJet suspends Perth fleet"
- "Strategic steps in to buy OzJet". Travel Weekly. 29 June 2009.
- "Newsdesk", Australian Aviation magazine. No. 222, November 2005, p.16. Aerospace Publications. ISSN 0813-0876.
- 11 November 2005 media release
- "Newsdesk", Australian Aviation magazine. No. 224, January/February 2006, p.14. Aerospace Publications. ISSN 0813-0876.
- News article on the commencement of flights
- "Wizard of Ozjet", The Age online retrieved 2007-11-23.
- Article on the commencement of VivaJet Airlines
- News article on the commencement of charter flights
- 12 March 2006 media release
- Airlines PNG Schedule retrieved 2007-11-23.
- Ozjet Media Release retrieved 2007-11-23. Archived 1 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Ozjet Flight Schedule retrieved 2007-11-23. Archived 2 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- e-Travel Blackboard: Asia's Number One Industry Newsletter
- Indojet schedule. Retrieved: 4 November 2008. Archived 18 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- Ozjet Media Release retrieved 2007-11-23. Archived 7 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Service shafted in a blink". Manawatu Standard. 28 March 2008.
- "Palmerston North's trans-Tasman air service cancelled". The New Zealand Herald. 27 March 2008.
- "OzJet sells to HeavyLift Cargo Airlines". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 May 2008.
- "Numbers man gets his teeth into Tiger". The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 May 2008.
- "City must give OzJet second chance". Manawatu Standard. 1 October 2008.
- "Pacific Blue adds PNG to Growing Network" - Virgin Blue Media Release. Retrieved: 4 November 2008
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