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BRINDABELLA AIRLINES WELCOMES QANTAS AIRWAYS AS A CODESHARE PARTNER

01 July 2013


Brindabella Airlines announced today that it has signed a codeshare agreement with Qantas Airways for flights operating on five key regional routes.

“We are very pleased to announce our codeshare agreement with Qantas, Australia’s largest domestic and international airline said Paul Schütz, Brindabella Airlines Chief Executive Officer.  “This agreement represents another step in our strategy to further develop regional air services and links the Communities served by Brindabella Airlines with the Qantas global network. Our customers will benefit from enhanced connectivity and booking flexibility”.

Sales of codeshare service flights commence today with Qantas Airways flight numbers being placed on Brindabella Airlines services between Sydney and Moree, Sydney and Newcastle, Brisbane and Tamworth, and Brisbane and Coffs Harbour; for travel from 1st August 2013. Flights between Sydney and Orange are on sale for travel commencing 1st September 2013.

Brindabella Airlines Chief Commercial Officer James Blake said in Moree today: “We are delighted to welcome Qantas as a codeshare partner.  This agreement will allow, for example, passengers traveling on Qantas from an international or other domestic port to travel seamlessly through to Coffs Harbour, and Tamworth via Brisbane; or to Newcastle, Moree, and Orange via Sydney and vice versa.  Where passengers have booked a flight with a Brindabella Airlines flight number through a travel agent for travel on all our routes, we will be able to offer them the option to through check their baggage and issue boarding cards to their final destination when connecting with Qantas services.”

Last week, Brindabella Airlines announced that it continues as a partner in Australia’s leading loyalty programs, Qantas Frequent Flyer.  With effect from today, members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program can earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Points on all Brindabella Airlines Maxi Saver and Fully Flexible fares across all of our routes.

James Blake said: “In addition to welcoming Qantas as a codeshare partner, we are delighted to offer passengers traveling on Brindabella Airlines flight numbers the opportunity to earn and redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer Points across our full network”.

Brindabella Airlines will deploy their 30 seat Jetstream 4100 aircraft, across all routes which offer the Qantas codeshare service. Brindabella Airlines will offer a full-service product on the routes including a complimentary inflight snacks and refreshments and an afternoon bar service.

Paul Schutz said:  “Our progressive introduction of the Jetstream 4100, will improve the customer experience, on time performance, and allow the standardisation of the airline’s fleet, product and on-board service.  The BAE Jetstream 4100 aircraft, with its niche capacity for an aircraft of its class, offers fast, comfortable and reliable service to destinations within the 1,000 kilometre range.”

Brindabella Airlines, established in Canberra in 1994, recently integrated the operations of Aeropelican Air Services, an airline founded in Newcastle in 1974.  Combined, they present over 60 years’ experience in providing regional air services in Australia.  Operating 267 scheduled flights per week, the Brindabella network covers 12 regional ports across NSW, QLD, and ACT and compliments the Qantas domestic operation.


Disclaimer:
You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn and redeem points.  A joining fee may apply.  Membership and the earning and redemption of points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer terms and conditions.

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Monday 1st July 2013, Moree NSW
Media Enquiries: Ms Kristy Writer, Brindabella Airlines, Tel: +61 2 6218 2942   

BRINDABELLA AIRLINES – A QANTAS FREQUENT FLYER PARTNER AIRLINE

27 June 2013 

Following the operational merger with Aeropelican Air Services, Brindabella Airlines is delighted that the merged operation continues as a partner airline in one of Australia’s leading loyalty programs, Qantas Frequent Flyer.

With Brindabella’s expanded operation including all Aeropelican routes, the network covers 12 regional ports across NSW, QLD and ACT and complements the Qantas domestic operation.

With effect from Monday 1st July 2013, Brindabella Airlines customers who are members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program can earn Qantas Points on all Brindabella’s Maxi Saver and Fully Flexible fares.

Brindabella Airlines Chief Commercial Officer James Blake said: “We are delighted to continue the existing partnership with Qantas Frequent Flyer allowing members to earn and use their points on all routes operating under the Brindabella (FQ) flight number.” 

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Disclaimer:

You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn and redeem points.  A joining fee may apply.  Membership and the earning and redemption of points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer terms and conditions.

BRINDABELLA AIRLINES CONCLUDES AIRCRAFT ACQUISITION AND 1st DELIVERY

13 June 2013 

Brindabella Airlines is pleased to announce it has concluded an agreement for the acquisition of four BAE Jetstream 41 aircraft with the option to acquire a further five to support the airlines growth over the next two years. 

Chief Executive Officer of Brindabella Airlines Paul Schütz said today: “The first aircraft is being prepared for delivery and we can expect to see it in our Canberra hanger by the weekend of 16th June 2013 with it going into service some three weeks later.  The three additional aircraft will be welcomed into our fleet at approximately one month intervals”.

Brindabella Airlines new arrival will complement the airlines existing Jetstream 41 and 32 fleet, assist improve customer experience, maximise on time performance, and allow the progressive standardisation of the airlines fleet, product and on-board service.  The BAE Jetstream 41 aircraft, with its niche capacity for an aircraft of its class, offers timely travel to destinations within the 1,000 kilometre range.

The airlines Chief Commercial Officer James Blake said: “The delivery of this year’s first additional aircraft will result in our customers welcoming the reintroduction of the Jetstream 41 product onto our 24 flights per week Brisbane to Tamworth route, and daily service from Brisbane to Coffs Harbour allowing them to benefit from our friendly cabin crew service offering complimentary snacks, alcoholic and light refreshments, an on-board rest room, and greater capacity”.

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AEROPELICAN AND BRINDABELLA AIRLINES TO MERGE OPERATIONS

12 June 2013

Aeropelican Air Services and Brindabella Airlines are pleased to announce the merger of the two airlines operations.

Brindabella Airlines Chief Executive Officer Paul Schütz said:  “Since the acquisition of Aeropelican Air Services and Brindabella Airlines by parent company Business Air Holdings Pty Ltd, the synergies of the two carriers had long been identified.  Today is an important date in our business and marks one of our essential steps in the process of consolidation.  Both airlines have histories to be proud of, and while we acknowledge the achievements that Aeropelican has made over the past 44 years, we must eliminate the costs associated with running two airlines therefore allowing us and our customers to gain from greater optimisation of our network, streamlined passenger sales activities, and cost savings in sales distribution, and information technology”.  Mr Schutz concluded that “we will be a stronger and more efficient airline as one, allowing us to concentrate on our focus of regional scheduled air services and charter operations”.

As a result Sydney to Narrabri, Newcastle, and Mudgee services will commence operating under the Brindabella Airlines brand and FQ flight number designator with effect from Saturday 22nd June 2013.

Brindabella Airlines Chief Commercial Officer James Blake said, “Passengers already holding tickets will receive a communication from us that their flight number will change from Aeropelican designator OT to Brindabella Airlines FQ.  In addition from 24th June 2013 customers will be able to benefit from making reservations on our faster new look website which will offer our full schedule of 267 flights per week connecting 12 cities and towns in New South Wales and Queensland”. 

“During the cutover weekend we will station a number of additional staff at terminals operating flights that will transition to Brindabella Airlines services, and our Canberra based call centre will be available to communicate with customers about the transition via email, SMS, social media, and telephone”, Mr Blake said.

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BRINDABELLA AIRLINES APPOINTS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

11 June 2013

Chairman of Aeropelican and Brindabella Airlines, Ian Woodley, announces Paul Schütz as Chief Executive Officer of the airline following the planned departure of Ian Vanderbeek.

Ian Woodley said Paul is a proven business leader and industry executive with broad experience within the commercial airline industry having worked in both regional aviation and for large international airlines (see biography).

Paul, an accountant by trade, has over 25 year’s industry experience.  Having worked across low cost, hybrid, and legacy flag carriers, most recently Paul had negotiated and implemented the Aer Lingus regional franchise at Aer Arann.   

Ian Woodley said that the Board was extremely pleased that the Company would be led by someone who played such key roles in building and developing regional aviation.  "We believe Paul is the perfect person to lead Aeropelican and Brindabella Airlines during what is already a highly challenging period in our history, with our forthcoming fleet renewal and expansion in operations." He will have the full support of the Board and our experienced management team.

An accountant by trade and member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ROI) since 2001, Paul has held finance related positions with Ryanair, British Airways, Virgin Express, and BWIA West Indies Airlines (Caribbean Airlines).

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AN IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PASSENGERS REGARDING QANTAS FREQUENT FLYER POINTS

26 February 2013

Contrary to previous information provided by Brindabella Airlines, we regret to advise passengers that on our new routes Sydney to Cooma, Sydney to Moree, and Sydney to Orange that Qantas Frequent Flyer Points for accrual and redemption are not available. Brindabella Airlines deeply regrets any inconvenience to customers caused by this oversight on our behalf.

Passengers travelling on other eligible Brindabella Airlines routes are unaffected and can continue to earn and redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer Points.

Passengers who have booked tickets for travel on the above mentioned routes are invited to contact our customer service office on 1300 66 88 24. 

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DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS?
SYDNEY TO SNOWY MOUNTAINS

24 December 2012

Brindabella Airlines announces Sydney to Snowy Mountains schedules for the 2013 ski season.  

The third schedule to be announced by the airline in as many months; the service will commence on Friday 28th June 2013 and operate a seasonal schedule until Sunday 8th September 2013.

Timetable may be viewed by clicking here.

Brindabella Airlines will once again make traveling to the Snowy Mountain resorts only a 70 minute journey by air, therefore making it easier for those wishing to hit the slopes directly from the city for a winter weekend sport experience or longer.  Weekend peak travel will be complimented by a double day service for those seeking to make the most of their time on the ski slopes.

“We have specifically designed the schedule to cater for days of the week which have proven popular” Brindabella Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Fabrice Binet said.  Mr Binet went on to say, “if it appears we are able to enjoy a prolonged season of snow, of course we will look to support the market with an extended season of flights”.  

Brindabella Airlines Snowy Mountain service will be operated by a mixture of Jetstream 32 and Jetstream 41 aircraft, the later accommodating 30 passengers per flight; providing a complimentary inflight service hosted by our friendly cabin crew offering a selection of  snacks, with hot and cold light refreshments.

Fares from Sydney to Snowy Mountains start at $129 one-way inclusive of taxes, and have been attractively set at levels enjoyed during the past four years of operating this service.  Fares are on sale now prior to the Christmas holidays.

Brindabella Airlines is a Qantas Frequent Flyer Program affiliate, selected fares allow customers to earn and redeem Frequent Flyer.

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BRINDABELLA AIRLINES -  SYDNEY TO ORANGE

27 November 2012

Brindabella Airlines is pleased to announce Sydney to Orange as the latest new route as part of the regional airlines’ growth plans.

The second new route to be announced by the airline in as many months; the new service will complement the product currently offered to the market by providing travellers with an early morning outbound departure from Sydney arriving into Orange ahead of the business day, further complemented by an early evening inbound service.

Brindabella Airlines sees a substantial growth opportunity between Sydney and Orange as the route has advanced to approximately 65,000 passengers per year, which illustrates the momentum of growth in the region.  “Such growth warrants the introduction of an airline with experience in the NSW Central West region which will help the community benefit from increased competition”; stakeholders who approached the airline to commence the service have said.

“We have specifically programmed the schedule to cater for the needs of the day return traveller” Brindabella Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ian Vanderbeek said.  Mr Vanderbeek went on to say, “Designed to meet with connecting interstate and international air services from Sydney, and as a Qantas Frequent Flyer Program affiliate, our schedule and affiliation will improve service delivery to those passengers connecting to an onward Qantas domestic service and those wanting to make the most of their business day”.

Brindabella Airlines new service will bring to the Sydney to Orange route up to 32 extra frequencies and up to 960 seats per, in addition to delivering the wide range of benefits available to members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.

On Tuesday 18th December 2012, Brindabella Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Fabrice Binet and Commercial Manager James Blake will visit Orange to showcase the airlines’ 30 seat Jetstream 41 aircraft; also to allow Orange based stakeholders to meet the airlines’ commercial management, friendly flight and cabin crew.

* Commencement of the Brindabella Airlines service is subject to regulatory approval.  Reservations can be made on the airlines’ website or by phoning 1300 66 88 24 or your local travel agent.

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AEROPELICAN AND BRINDABELLA AIRLINES NETWORK OPTIMISATION

27 November 2012

Brindabella Airlines announces a number of network changes which will improve passenger experience through schedule and fleet optimisation.

Following the award by Transport NSW of licences to continue to operate existing regulated routes (Sydney to Cobar, Snowy Mountains, Mudgee, and Narrabri) and the award of the Sydney to Moree route for the licence period 2013 through 2018, the following changes will take place to the airline’s operations.  

Effective 21st January 2013, the Brindabella Airlines Canberra to Newcastle route will rephase to become a Newcastle based operation offering 32 sectors per week operated by the Jetstream 32.  “This change in operational direction will better meet the needs of our passengers based in Newcastle and the surrounds who travel to Canberra, with a schedule particularly attractive to those traveling between the two cities by other means of transport” said Fabrice Binet the airlines Chief Commercial Officer.

The airlines route from Newcastle to Sydney will, effective 31st March 2013, be rephased to become a Sydney based operation and will from this date operate 37 sectors per week.  Mr Binet went on to say, “This change will result in optimal fleet utilisation and place us in a better position to meet the demand on our network and serve the needs of our customers, particularly those connecting from other domestic and international services”.

On Saturday 30th March 2013, Brindabella Airlines will commence services on the Sydney to Moree route offering 36 flights per week, operated solely by the Jetstream 41, delivering an increase of 80% in frequency and some 360 extra seats per week against the schedule operated by the incumbent carrier on this highly regarded route.    

Ian Vanderbeek, the airlines Chief Executive Officer said today “As we move into 2013, we will see the planned introduction of the Jetstream 41, the aircraft of choice for our passengers.  As part of our progressive fleet standardisation program, over the coming 18 to 24 months we will see Sydney transition to an all Jetstream 41 operation, resulting in a greater travel experience for our customers and maximising on time performance.  The Jetstream J41 will also replace our Metroliner and Jetstream J32 aircraft at our other bases in Brisbane and Newcastle, as they are progressively introduced into service”.

Aeropelican and Brindabella Airlines are updating their schedules during the following 48 hours which will be available to review on the company’s websites and in the GDS.

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TO MOREE FROM SYDNEY – NOW ON SALE

27 November 2012

Brindabella Airlines, the successful applicant to be awarded the licence to operate the Transport for NSW regulated air services route between Sydney and Moree, announces commencement of ticket sales on its new route.

Brindabella Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Fabrice Binet said, “Our new route is keenly priced to make direct air travel an attractive proposition for the people of Moree and surrounding communities traveling to the NSW capital city.  Our enhanced schedule offering midday and weekend services present a viable proposition for those seeking a weekend getaway from the city to experience Australia’s Artesian Spa Capital, explore the localities scenic plains, or take advantage of truly affordable golfing”.

Fares will start from $150 per person with all passengers taking advantage of complimentary refreshments, inflight snacks, evening alcoholic beverage service; and a complimentary baggage allowance of 19 kilograms.  Passengers connecting to or from an international flight will be entitled to a complimentary baggage allowance of 24 kilograms.

Brindabella Airlines is an affiliate member of Qantas Frequent Flyer, as such passengers will be able to earn frequent flyer points when traveling on selected fares, and redeem points for travel on Brindabella’s route network.

Passengers with reduced mobility and unaccompanied minors will be able to look forward to traveling with Brindabella and avail themselves to new services as a result of our Jetstream 41 aircraft operating on the Sydney to Moree route.

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BRINDABELLA AIRLINES LICENCED TO EXPAND

14 November 2012

Brindabella Airlines announces Sydney to Moree as a new route, providing extra services for regional Australia. 

As a result of a successful license application process, Brindabella Airlines have been awarded a five year license to operate scheduled air services between Sydney and Moree with effect from 30th March 2013. 

Brindabella Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ian Vanderbeek said today, “We are delighted to have been awarded the Sydney to Moree route by Transport NSW, which results in a natural extension to our existing services in the region.  As an airline servicing regional Australia, we are committed to providing Moree and surrounding communities with an increase in flight frequency of 80% by introducing a further 16 flights per week above the current frequency of 20.”

Brindabella Airlines will operate the Sydney to Moree route with their customer’s aircraft of choice, the BAE Jetstream J41.  “Operating the Jetstream J41 aircraft on this route will allow us to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers through the provision of complimentary inflight snacks, beverages, and a late afternoon bar service delivered by our friendly cabin crew” said Ian Vanderbeek.  Existing customers traveling from Sydney to Moree who benefit from the accrual and redemption of Qantas Frequent Flyer points will continue to benefit from the airline loyalty scheme through Brindabella Airlines affiliation with Qantas Frequent Flyer.

The award of the Sydney to Moree route coincides with the commencement of Brindabella Airlines fleet standardisation program which will result in the BAE Jetstream J41 becoming the airlines standard operating equipment and as such will allow the airline to improve operational efficiency. 

Brindabella Airlines plans to introduce the route onto sale through the airlines website www.brindabellaairlines.com.au within the coming days and will work with the incumbent airline to ensure a smooth transfer of bookings for passengers already booked on the Sydney to Moree route.

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INTRODUCTION OF THE 30 SEAT JETSTREAM 41 IN SYDNEY FROM 19th NOVEMBER 2012

26 October 2012

Brindabella Airlines announces Sydney as the new base for a BAE Jetstream 41 aircraft with effect from 19th November 2012.

 “The rebasing of a thirty seater BAE Jetstream 41 will allow Brindabella Airlines to offer the aircraft of choice to passengers and improve our ex Sydney network.  The change resulting in route capacity increasing by up to 65 per cent will effectively allow us to meet passenger demand” said Fabrice Binet, the airlines Chief Commercial Officer. 

Positioning the Jetstream 41 in Sydney is the first step for the airline introducing fleet standardisation; resulting in lower costs, improved on time performance, to effectively create a more economically viable product to the customer.  The change will further improve Brindabella Airline’s service delivery to passengers departing Sydney by availing the airlines friendly in flight cabin crew service to them.  The Jetstream 41 aircraft, with its niche capacity for an aircraft of its class, offers timely travel to destinations within the 1,000 kilometre range.    

The move of base for this aircraft is an important next step in Aeropelican and Brindabella Airlines ongoing diversification plans to respond to the demands of regional air travel in Australia and to be recognised as the wings of regional Australia.

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Media Contacts:

James  Blake - Chief Commercial Officer        Tel: +61(0) 488 71 22 33