Sharp Airlines

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Sharp Airlines
Sharp Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
SH SHA N1 SHARP
Founded 1990
Hubs

Portland Airport

frequent_flyer=
Fleet size 18
Destinations 9
Company slogan Southern Australia's Regional Airline
Parent company Sharp Aviation Pty. Ltd.[1]
Headquarters Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
Key people Managing Director: Malcolm Sharp
Director: Peter Sobey
Website www.sharpairlines.com.au

Sharp Airlines is a regional airline headquartered in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia and operating in the southern states of Australia. Its main bases are Portland Airport,[2] Adelaide Airport[3] and Launceston Airport. The airline also provides charter operations to regional Victoria and South Australia. The parent company Sharp Aviation has a flight training operation base at Hamilton Airport and added the main maintenance base to Launceston Airport from Portland Airport.

History[edit]

Commencing airline operations using the Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain, the airline has continued to grow; acquiring Fairchild Metro aircraft to replace the Chieftains and adding Essendon Airport to the route network. In April 2008 it commenced services from a new Adelaide Airport base of operations to Port Augusta. In October 2009 Sharp Airlines commenced a trial period connecting Adelaide with Portland and Avalon Airport. In January 2010 it became a permanent addition to the flight schedule.[4] In October 2010 Sharp Airlines took over routes to Flinders Island from Launceston in Tasmania and Essendon Airport in Melbourne, Victoria from previous operator Airlines of Tasmania. In late 2011 flights to King Island from Launceston via Wynyard started twice daily.

Destinations[edit]

Sharp Airlines Fairchild Metro III at Essendon Airport

Sharp Airlines operates the following scheduled services.[5][6]

The airline also has a base at (Adelaide Airport)) with 4-6 aircraft based there at any given time. Although there are no longer any regular passenger services out of adelaide, the company operates many charters a day mainly to mine sites throughout South Australia, some to Queensland and the Northern Territory. The scheduled services are operated using the airline's Metro III and Metro 23 aircraft. It also operates charter services using the Cessna 441 as well as the Metros throughout Australia.

Fleet[edit]

As of June 2018 the Sharp Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7]

Sharp Airlines fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
Cessna 172 1 3 Predominantly used for flight training purposes.
Cessna 441 4 8 Predominantly used for charter services.
Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III 4 19 Used predominantly for scheduled passenger services, also used for freight and charter services
Fairchild SA227-DC Metro 23 7 19 Used predominantly for scheduled passenger services, also used for freight and charter services
Piper PA-34-220T Seneca IV 1 5 Used for flight training and charter. Aircraft is currently for sale.

References[edit]

Notes

1. ^ Sharp has no registered ICAO or IATA codes allocated, but uses 'SH' on all scheduling, ticketing and baggage (as an official IATA code would be). It is authorised by Airservices Australia to use this designator of "SH" for its flights instead of using aircraft registrations.

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