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Alliance Airlines

Uncategorised Posted on Fri, September 27, 2019 11:29:05

ALLIANCE TO FURTHER EXPAND OPERATIONS IN NORTHERN TERRITORY 

Alliance Airlines today announced its intention to significantly expand its fleet in the Northern Territory from one aircraft to four. The three additional Fokker jet aircraft (2 x F70 and 1 x F100) will join an existing 100 seat Fokker 100 aircraft to round out the Darwin based all jet fleet. The additional aircraft will come into service between July and December this year. Alliance opened its Darwin base in February 2018 with the stated intention of expanding that commitment when the time was right. Advertisements for additional Darwin based staff have been placed in today’s national newspapers and on-line employment sites. 

Scott McMillan, Managing Director Alliance Airlines, stated “That this expansion continues the growth Alliance has undertaken since 2002. Alliance’s operations are now based in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Townsville and Rockhampton. Alliance has always committed to employing a local workforce, engaging with local businesses and becoming a contributing member of the local community just as we have shown in the Northern Territory over the last 15 months.” 

Mr McMillan went onto state, “Since our inception Alliance has grown to being the largest contract aviation operator in Australia, concentrating on the three key parameters of safety, on time performance and financial sustainability. Our on time performance and engineering dispatch reliability are industry-leading, resulting in long term customer loyalty. The requests for additional contractual business has grown to the point where we are confident that the Darwin operation can be significantly and viably expanded.” 

In addition to contract services ex Darwin, Alliance has been providing services to Uluru for inbound tour operators, Tauck (for the past seven years) and JTB (for the past twelve months). These tourism services operate from, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast and to Cairns. Later this month, Alliance will also commence a tourism service for JTB from Perth. 

In addition to tourism services, Alliance also operates two flights per week between Brisbane and Alice Springs on behalf of Virgin Australia and one service per week in support of the mining sector. 

Alliance is in ongoing dialogue with the Northern Territory Government, individual communities and resource companies.

The scale of operations provided by the mining and tourism work will also enable Alliance to commence scheduled services from Darwin in the future. Mr McMillan said, “There are a few routes that are of interest to Alliance, which will both tie up our National network and provide greater access to air services for the people in Northern Australia.” 

Mr Michael Gunner, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory said “More flight options mean greater choice for Territorians and greater competition, which we welcome. We look forward to continuing to engage with Alliance about their plans to further expand their operations in the Territory”. 

As part of this expansion and to commemorate a significant Australian aviation event, Alliance will be painting a special livery on the last F70 to be delivered to Darwin from Europe in December this year. That livery, designed by the world acclaimed Netherlands design house Lila Design, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first aerial flight from England on 10th December 1919. The Lila Design artist’s impression follows as soon as the Fokker 70 is leaving the paint shop.

At 3:40pm on December 10 1919, Ross Smith landed the “Vimy” at Port Darwin’s Fannie Bay airfield—exactly 27 days and 20 hours after departing Hounslow airfield in London. The Great Air Race had been won, as had the 10,000-pound Australian Government prize. The crowd at Fannie Bay was overcome with excitement! 

Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness, representing the Australian defence department, were the first to officially welcome the four airmen.  On 16 November 1920 Fysh and McGinness with grazier Fergus McMaster founded Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd (QANTAS). No doubt inspired by the heroic achievements of the Vimy crew, the previous year. The crew of the aircraft, listed below, are commemorated on the Ross Smith Memorial at Fannie Bay in Darwin:

CAPTAIN ROSS MACPHERSON SMITH 

LIEUTENANT KEITH MACPHERSON SMITH 

SERGEANT WALTER HENRY SHIERS 

SERGEANT JAMES MALLETT BENNETT 

About Alliance 

Alliance is Australasia’s leading provider of contract, charter and allied aviation services currently employing in excess of 590 full time staff. The business currently operates a fleet of 23 Fokker F100, 10 Fokker 70LR jet aircraft and five Fokker 50 turboprops with additional fleet units scheduled to enter service during the remainder of 2019. Alliance has world leading operational performance, a key attribute sought by its customers. The Company has operational bases in Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Rockhampton.

For more information contact: 

Lee Schofield, CEO

Alliance Aviation Services Limited 

+61 7 3212 1521 



Pink Lady Fokker 70

Uncategorised Posted on Fri, September 27, 2019 11:16:42

Australia’s leading aviation services provider unveiled a new Fokker 70 to promote the invaluable work of charity partner Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). The livery is designed by the Dutch boutique design company Lila Design (liladesign.com)

Hailed as the Pink Lady, VH-NUU has been prepared in pink livery to raise awareness of breast cancer and the support services BCNA deliver.

Alliance Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Lee Schofield, said, “The work of BCNA was a cause close to the hearts of the company’s personnel and supporters.”

“Alliance has been supporting BCNA since 2015. This has been through our workplace giving programme and a number of fundraising initiatives including a charity cycling event which raised in excess of $65,000.”

“I personally rode in this cycling event along with 15 other Alliance personnel between Cairns and Townsville in 2018. We met with a number of breast cancer survivors in the towns we visited who have been supported by BCNA. Their courage and enthusiasm with the BCNA team inspired us to commit to the Pink Lady.”

“Nearly 20,000 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Most people know someone who has been touched by this life-threatening illness,” Schofield said.

“Alliance Airlines is proud to support the work BCNA does. Throughout Australia, from our main airports to regional cities and towns, the Pink Lady will be a visual reminder of this important cause and share the support that BCNA provides for those Australians affected by breast cancer.”

BCNA CEO Kirsten Pilatti expressed gratitude to Alliance Airlines for the generous support.

“It’s a wonderful way for BCNA to reach more Australians affected by breast cancer.
It really is a beautiful representation of BCNA as the wind beneath the wings of our members.”

“‘This is a positive opportunity for BCNA. It enables us to connect with major cities and regional communities to ensure women and families affected by breast cancer across the country know where to source support.”

About Alliance

Alliance Aviation is Australasia’s leading provider of contract, charter and allied aviation services currently employing in excess of 590 full time staff in Australia and Europe. The Australian business currently operates a fleet of 23 Fokker F100, 11 Fokker 70LR jet aircraft and five Fokker 50 turboprops with additional fleet units scheduled to enter service during the remainder of 2019. Alliance has world leading operational performance, a key attribute sought by its customers as evidenced by BHP’s recent presentation to Alliance of an Aviation Safety Award. The Company has operational bases in Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Rockhampton and Darwin. Please visit www.allianceairlines.com.au for more details.

About Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA)

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is the peak national organisation for Australians personally affected by breast cancer, and consists of a network of more than 120,000 individual members and 300 Member Groups. BCNA supports, informs, represents and connects Australians affected by breast cancer. BCNA works to ensure that Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care appropriate to their individual needs. Please visit us at bcna.org.au to find out more about our programs and services, including the free My Journey Kit for people newly diagnosed with breast cancer.