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19 March, 2024

New interline deal for Rex and Etihad

Rex unveils new interline partnership with Etihad Airways.

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of 57 Saab 340 and nine Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to 56 destinations throughout all states in  Australia. In addition to the airline Rex, the Rex Group comprises wholly owned subsidiaries  Pel-Air Aviation (air freight, aeromedical and charter operator), the Australian Airline Pilot  Academy with campuses in Wagga Wagga and Ballarat, and propeller maintenance  organisation, Australian Aerospace Propeller Maintenance. Rex is also a 50% shareholder of  National Jet Express (NJE), a premier Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO), charter and freight operator.
This exciting partnership between Australia's Rex and Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national carrier, provides passengers on Rex's domestic routes convenient connections with Etihad's global network.

“Partnering with a world-class airline like Etihad brings a new era of choice and connection for 
Rex passengers,” said Rex’s General Manager of Network Strategy, Warrick Lodge. “Passengers will be able to fly to either Sydney or Melbourne on Rex and thereafter connect 
on Etihad to a further 72 destinations across the globe. Etihad's extensive international network includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the USA.  “The entire journey, including Etihad and Rex connecting flights, can be booked under one booking and passengers can enjoy the convenience of through-check baggage (where permitted).”

Arik De, Etihad’s Chief Revenue and Commercial Officer said: "This exciting new partnership significantly expands connectivity options for Etihad guests, providing them with effortless access from our gateways in Sydney and Melbourne to pivotal destinations within the Rex network, including Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast. Equally, we are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to Rex customers, enabling them to seamlessly integrate into our expanding global network."

31 May, 2023

Australia's Rex to launch Adelaide - Sydney

The Australian regional carrier, Rex will be launching flights between Adelaide and Sydney from the end of next month on Boeing 737-800NGs.

Adelaide is already part of Rex’s domestic and expansive regional network, with the carrier operating domestic services to the ‘City of Churches’ from Melbourne since 31 March 2021. The new Adelaide-Sydney route will also bolster Rex’s network connectivity. The new route will open up connections between regional NSW and Adelaide (via Sydney), in addition to between regional SA and Sydney (via Adelaide). New connections between Adelaide and Brisbane (via Sydney) will also be unlocked. The new Adelaide-Sydney route is made possible by the imminent arrival of two additional aircraft which will increase Rex’s domestic fleet to nine Boeing 737-800NGs. 

“This new route brings us one step closer to our ambition to fly between every capital city in Australia. More new routes will be announced shortly,” Rex Deputy Chairman, the Hon John Sharp AM, said.   “I would particularly like to thank Adelaide Airport for its co-operative approach, forward-thinking and ongoing support without which we would not have been able to launch this new route,’ Mr Sharp said.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Brenton Cox, said Rex had again demonstrated its strong 
support for the Adelaide market, having introduced the Adelaide-Melbourne route in 2021. “This service provides South Australian passengers with more choice when flying on our second most popular route, and will start in time for the July school holiday peak,” Mr Cox said.

“I congratulate Rex on recognising the future growth opportunities on this route. Rex has been a great supporter of the Adelaide market, including regional links, for many years.”

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of 61 Saab 340 and 7 Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to 58 destinations throughout all states in Australia. 

South Australian Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison welcomes the additional flights, saying it represented the increasing growing confidence in domestic leisure and business travel. “We’re already seeing very strong performance from Adelaide Airport, and we absolutely welcome further commitment from Rex to add extra – and importantly new – flights from Adelaide to Sydney, one of the key aviation partners for South Australia. It’s another step towards a total recovery for domestic passenger traffic, and an important link to our valuable international markets.”


25 October, 2022

New interline agreement between Delta and Rex starts.....

A new interline agreement between Australian regional airline Rex and the U.S. mega-carrier Delta Air Lines takes off today!
Rex passengers are able to easily connect with Delta’s daily non-stop flights from Sydney to Los Angeles – with seamless onward connectivity to nearly 50 cities in the U.S. and Latin America
Delta Air Lines passengers from the U.S., Canada and Mexico can easily explore Australia from the coast to the outback on Rex's domestic and regional network, with flights connecting from Sydney to Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Orange, Coffs Harbour, Broken Hill, and many other Aussie destinations.

02 September, 2022

Congratulations to Rex for winning Airline of the Year the Australian Aviation Awards 2022..........7th 737-800 arrives

Rex took delivery of another Boeing 737-800NG, further bolstering the airline’s jet fleet and ready to be deployed on its domestic network.
Photo Rex

In a rather turbulant year for aviation, the regional airline Rex has scooped the top award of Airline of the Year at the Australian Aviation Awards 2022.

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of 61 Saab 340 and seven Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to 58 destinations throughout all states in Australia. In addition to the airline Rex, the Rex Group comprises wholly owned subsidiaries Pel-Air Aviation (air freight, aeromedical and charter operator) and the two pilot academies, Australian Airline Pilot Academy in Wagga Wagga and Ballarat,

Neville Howell, Rex Chief Operating Officer said:  "We are honoured and grateful to win Airline of the Year at the Australian Aviation Awards 2022.

We are indebted to all the exceptional baggage handlers, great flight crew, fantastic airport staff, the most magnificent people in admin and everyone at Rex that has helped us through these difficult last two years. Rex celebrated our 20th Anniversary this month and this award is very fitting and is a great toast for such a memorable occasion."

On Tuesday of this week Rex took delivery of another Boeing 737-800NG, further bolstering the airline’s jet fleet and ready to be deployed on its domestic network. 

The aircraft, registered VH-MFM, arrived in Brisbane during the evening after a from Montpellier in  France, adorned in the distinctive Rex livery. Prior to being painted, the aircraft underwent a scheduled heavy maintenance check at an engineering facility at Montpellier. 

15 July, 2022

Australia's Rex Group will acquire Cobham's Regional Services business unit.

The Australian Rex Group has announced today that it is buying National Jet Express Pty Ltd,  the regional services arm of Cobham Aviation Services Australia, subject to regulatory approval. 

National Jet Express is a leading provider of Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) services in Western Australia and South Australia. In addition, it operates freight services from Sydney to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne 
and the Gold Coast (Coolangatta), as well as air charter services in Papua New Guinea. Revenue for NJE in the calendar year 2021 was $142m.

Commenting on the purchase, Rex’s Executive Chairman, Lim Kim Hai said, “FIFO services are expected to experience strong growth in Australia and this acquisition positions the Rex Group to participate in this booming sector.  With this acquisition, Rex will have a FIFO arm that is simply unparalleled in Australia. NJE has a completely modern fleet comprising eight Bombardier Q400 turboprops and six Embraer E190 jets for FIFO work. Both aircraft types are fuel efficient, and have enhanced operational reliability and low carbon emissions when compared with the predominantly 40-year-old Fokker 100s used by the other major FIFO operators.

I believe that NJE’s modern aircraft fleet and its long-term customer relationships overlayed with Rex’s proven record of safety, reliability and cost efficiencies would propel NJE to be the premier FIFO operator in Australia. NJE will naturally be the partner of choice for resource companies all over Australia who have been crying out for so long for a FIFO provider that is able to address their triple priorities of minimal impact on the environment, comfort and safety of its staff and reliability of service.

The Company will invest in modern aircraft and technology to enable NJE to expand from its traditional bases of WA and SA and bring our unique brand of FIFO services also to Queensland and Northern Territory.”

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of 60 Saab 340 and six Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to 58 destinations throughout all states in Australia. In addition to the airline Rex, the Rex Group comprises wholly owned subsidiaries Pel-Air Aviation (air freight, aeromedical and charter operator) and the two pilot academies, Australian Airline Pilot Academy in Wagga Wagga and Ballarat.

30 December, 2021

Airline jobs in Australia with regional carrier Rex

Rex has been operating regional services throughout Australia for over 19 years. It is an airline operation that prides itself on bringing genuine country hospitality and going above and beyond for all the passengers it has carried over the years.  Since the start of domestic operations this year, the company has brought the same Rex spirit to domestic jet operations. Right now the airline is looking for more staff so If you or someone you know has the Rex spirit, check out their website:   Careers at Regional Express (

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25 April, 2021

Qantas boss slams into Rex Airlines yet again................

Alan Joyce the CEO of Australian airline Qantas has written an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, in which he slams the small regional carrier Rex.  The two Aussie carriers have been engaging in a war of words which is damaging the reputations of both airlines.

The article reads more like a teenage bitch slapping rant, complaining about its much much smaller rival than a serious opinion piece from the chief of Australia's national airline. In the article Joyce complains about Rex throwing tantrums, yet responds in exactly the same way.   

He also rants on about Rex threatening to stop flying to certain regional towns, "they’ve used this “or else” strategy eight times in the past 12 months alone." stating that communities from Armidale to Kangaroo Island finding out from media reports that the flight service might end. Which is really not surprising as media reports are the way 94.2% of the travelling public find out about airline routes starting and ending. It is also partly the reason why Qantas themselves employ such a large media department.

22 April, 2021

PPG Supplies Rex Airlines with Coatings for Aircraft Livery Repaint

PPG  announced that it recently supplied Rex Airlines with various aerospace coatings for six Boeing 737-800 aircraft that will expand the airline into domestic service.

For the aircraft’s fuselage, tail and engine cowlings, Rex Airlines selected PPG DESOGEL™ EAP-9, which is a chromate-free conversion coating and adhesion promoter; PPG DESOPRIME™ CA7700BE epoxy primer; and PPG DESOTHANE™HD 9008 basecoat-clearcoat system. The wings and horizontal stabilizers were coated with PPG DESOTO® 515X349 exterior primer, which is formulated to protect aluminum and composite substrates from corrosion; PPG PR-1432-GP corrosion-inhibitive elastomeric coating; and PPG Desothane HS CA8000 topcoat system.

“Rex Airlines applied PPG Desothane HD CA9008 basecoat-clearcoat system on our fleet of Saab 340 aircraft, which is the largest Saab fleet in the world,” said Png Yeow Tat, Rex Airlines general manager, engineering. “This innovative technology provides excellent colour and gloss retention and outstanding appearance compared to a direct gloss system, leading the airline to use this system and other PPG products on our B737 aircraft.”

02 March, 2021

Rex axes routes as Qantas moves in to kill competition

The Australian regional airline Rex has announced it has been forced to embark on a major revamp of its regional route network in response to aggressive predatory moves by Qantas into thin regional routes serviced by the company.

Rex’s Deputy Chairman, the Hon John Sharp AM, said, “Qantas has clearly embarked on a deliberate strategy of moving into Rex’s routes that can only support one regional carrier in an attempt to intimidate and damage Rex in its traditional regional market, hoping that Rex would be a less formidable competitor in the domestic market.” 

Qantas is making record losses during COVID and has received an estimated $1.2 billion in Commonwealth assistance to stay solvent but, despite this, feels it is appropriate to use taxpayers’ funds to finance the losses on new services whose sole objective is to weaken the competitor.”

The routes on which Qantas has announced it will be starting, or has started, services since the outbreak of COVID are listed below. All of these routes have only supported one regional carrier in the past and the current monthly passenger numbers are laughable. Even when passenger numbers return to pre-COVID levels, these routes would still be unable to viably support 2 carriers:

The Rex Board has decided to stand its ground in these routes even if inevitably both carriers will be making significant losses. Unfortunately, the expected drag on Rex’s financial position from the losses on the above eight routes will mean that Rex will be unable to continue subsidising marginal routes that we have serviced for the past 20 years. It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the cessation of services to the five routes below once the government support through the RANS programme is discontinued at the end of March:

Sydney -Bathurst (20,000 passengers pre-COVID)
Sydney -Cooma (6,000 passengers pre-COVID)
Sydney -Lismore (12,000 passengers pre-COVID)
Sydney -Grafton (18,000 passengers pre-COVID)
Adelaide -Kangaroo Island (42,000 passengers pre-COVIDincluding Qantas)

In order to recover from the losses, Rex will, from April, commence new services to ports where Virgin Australia has retreated, leaving Qantas as the sole or dominant operator. The new services are from Sydney to:  Coffs Harbour (330,000 passengers pre-COVID)  Port Macquarie (190,000 passengers pre-COVID)

Rex also calls on the  ACCC  to take enforcement actions against  Qantas for its predatory behaviour. All carriers are facing existential challenges and the ACCC must do its part to ensure that the dominant carrier does not take advantage of the current situation to deliver pre-emptive strikes against its much smaller competitors,  especially at a  time when it  is receiving massive handouts to stay solvent. 

In this environment, the introduction of new competing services in fragile regional routes should beset aside by the ACCCuntil we return to a semblance of normality. Indeed, this is consistent with  the  public  benefit  criterion  accepted  by the  ACCC  when  it granted  authorisation  to  Rex  to enter into an unprecedented collaboration with Qantas on regional routes where the parties had competing services prior to the pandemic."

It is noteworthy that Qantas had not accepted numerous offers by Rex to enter into a collaborative partnership that optimises resources, as permitted under the authorisation, to achieve better outcomes for all stakeholders including the travelling public.

The regional airline also recently introduced a jet shuttle service between Melbourne and Sydney with fares starting off ar $49 and will be starting a route from Sydney to Gold Coast with fares from $69. 

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