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HVY-2008-08 - SHORTS BELFAST
Formed and started operations in 2003. Subsidiary of Transpacific Party Ltd. Domestic & international, scheduled & charter, cargo jet airplane services.
PO Box Q596
Queen Victoria Building
Sydney, New South Wales, NSW 1230, Australia
AUSTRALIA (COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1901, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 7,686,848 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 17.9 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS CANBERRA, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH.
September 2003: Competition in the Pacific island cargo market intensified, when the International Air Services Commission gave approval to HeavyLift Cargo Services (HVY), who are owned by Transpacific Party Ltd to begin operating international freight services in and out of Brisbane with a mix of 727's (727-51Cs': (19288; 19289) and Shorts Belfasts. (HVY) will start this month, providing for the carriage of up to 60 tonnes of cargo/week to Papua New Guinea, followed by the Solomon Islands (50 tonnes/week) in October 2003, and Vanuatu (25 tonnes/week) in November 2003. (HVY) will compete with national carriers, Air Niugini (NIU), Solomon Islands (SOI), and Air Vanuatu (VAN) on the routes.
Shorts Belfast (SH1819, 9L-LDQ) delivery for Pacific operations. Initially to be used for Australian Defense Forces flights.
May 2004: Heavylift Cargo Airlines (HVY) operates Auckland - Melbourne freighter service (3/week) for Qantas Airways (QAN).
September 2004: Operated a charter (flown by a Belfast) between Auckland and Valencia, Spain which carried a yacht for New Zealand's America's Cup team, after the original yacht was damaged in a storm.
May 2005: Heavylift Cargo Airlines (HVY) operates scheduled and charter cargo services between Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. Plans to expand operations to Vanuatu.
International, freight destination: Honiara.
May 2008: Australian entrepreneur Paul Stoddart has sold Australian airline OzJet (OZJ) to Sydney-based HeavyLift Cargo Airlines (HVY), which plans to keep the carrier's passenger operations and help it acquire younger airplanes. Stoddart had a 97.4% stake, says (OZJ) Chief Operating Officer (COO), David Blake. He says the sale was completed on 2 May. "The new investor wants to expand the business," says Blake. He says the plan is to grow (OZJ)'s presence in the ad hoc charter business, particularly its work for the Australian Defence Force. The new owner has indicated that (OZJ) will be getting newer passenger airplanes, but has yet to decide on an airplane type, he adds. There are no immediate plans for (OZJ) to operate cargo airplanes, says Blake. But the purchase means (HVY), which has been operating dedicated cargo flights from Australia using a foreign air operator's certificate (AOC), now has an Australian (AOC).
(OZJ) has a fleet of four 737-200s and has said it wants 737-300s.
Stoddart's withdrawal from (OZJ) effectively means he now has more time to devote to his main business, European Aviation (EUL), which is a charter operator in the UK that also retrofits and resells airplanes.
October 2008: Heavylift Cargo Airlines (HVY) operates scheduled and charter cargo services between Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. (HVY) also carries heavy freight in support of military, mining and humanitarian activities.
(IATA) Code: (HN). (ICAO) Code: HVY (Callsign - HEAVY CARGO).
Main Base: Brisbane International airport (BNE).
Hub: Cairns Airport (QLD).
February 2010: 727-212F (21349, N319NE), Asia Pacific leased, ex-(N591DB).
January 2011: 737-406SF (24529, VH-JWL - SEE PHOTO - - "HVY-737-400F - 2011-05"), OurAirline (NAU) wet-leased.
December 2013: DC-8-73CF (45990, OB-2059-P), ex-(N807DH), ferried from Port Moresby to Brisbane.