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Name: QANTASLINK
7JetSet7 Code: NJS
Status: Operational
Region: OCEANIA
City: SYDNEY
Country: AUSTRALIA
Employees 960
Web: qantas.com.au
Email: bobb@nationaljet.com.au
Telephone: +61 2 9691 5041
Fax: +61 2 9693 2715
Sita: ADLNJTN
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FORMED IN 1989 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1990. D B A NATIONAL JET SYSTEMS AND OPERATES AS "QANTASLINK." DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
QANTAS CENTRE
203 COWARD STREET
SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
2020, 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.

DECEMBER 1995: OPERATES AS AUSTRALIAN AIRLINK OF QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN) TO ALICE SPRINGS, AYERS ROCK, BROOME, BRISBANE, CAIRNS, CANBERRA, DARWIN, KALGOORLIE, KARRATHA, MACKAY, PERTH, AND ROCKHAMPTON.

400 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 250 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 65 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

1 AVRO RJ70, 83 PASSENGERS (PAX).

JUNE 1996: 1 B AE 146-100 (ALF502-R-5) FROM B AE.

JUNE 1997: 800 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 400 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 150 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

NOVEMBER 1997: CHRISTMAS ISLAND - SINGAPORE.

DECEMBER 1997: 1 RJ 70 (LF507-1F) (1223), EX-AIR BALTIC, SUBLEASED FROM SKYWAYS AVIATION, FOR 2 YEARS.

MARCH 1998: 1 B AE 146-100 (E1003), EX-AIR WISCONSIN.

APRIL 1998: 956 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 600 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 160 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(http://www.natjet.com.au).

SEPTEMBER 1998: 2 ORDERS EMBRAER ERJ-145'S (AE3007A).

JANUARY 1999: BUYS MINORITY STAKE IN CITYJET, IRELAND (OPERATES 5 B AE 146'S, 3 SAAB 2000'S) FOR $5.8 MILLION (>40%).

APRIL 1999: 956 EMPLOYEES.

B AE 146-100 (RJ70) (E1223) LEASED TO AIR NIUGINI (NIU).

DECEMBER 1999: FR AVIATION, COBHAM UK, PURCHASES (NJS), FOR P24.5 MILLION. B AE 146-100A (E1004) RETURNED FROM DEBONAIR (DEB).

JANUARY 2000: B AE 146-100A (E1223) RETURNED FROM AIR NIUGINI
(NIU).

MARCH 2000: B AE 146-100A (E1223) RETURNED TO LESSOR.

APRIL 2000: 1 DHC-8-202 (411, VH-JSH), LEASED TO QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN) AIRLINK, TIL AUGUST 2000.

JULY 2000: 1999 = 25,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+5.5%).

SEPTEMBER 2000: DHC-8-102 (8, VH-DHD), AEROMIL LEASED. B AE 146-100A (RJ70) (E1228, VH-NJT) LEASED TO QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN) AIRLINK, UNTIL FEBRUARY 2001.

NOVEMBER 2000: 1 DASH 8-Q200 (PW123D) (550, VH-ZZI) DELIVERY.

APRIL 2001: (bobb@natjet.com.au).

MAIN BASE: ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ADL).

HUBS: DARWIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (DRW); LAUNCESTON AIRPORT (LST); PERTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PER); BRISBANE AIRPORT (BNE); & CAIRNS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CNS).

NOVEMBER 2001: 1 DHC-8-103 (13, VH-JSY) LEASED TO (QAN) AIRLINK.

October 2002: 2 B Ae 146-100A's (E1013, VH-NJC; E1152, VH-NJR), returned from Qantas (QAN) Airlink.

November 2002: 1 DHC-8-102 (8, VH-JSZ) returned to lessor. 1 DHC-8-103 (13, VH-JSY), returned to Avline.

September 2003: 7 727's transferred from TransAustralian Air (ACS) when it went into liquidation. 2 B AE 146-200A's (E2072, VH-NJQ; E2073, VH-NJU) returned from Airlink.

October 2003: 2 B AE 146-200A's (E2097, VH-YAD; E2107, VH-YAE) returned from Airlink.

November 2003: 1 B AE 146-100A (E1108, VH-NJE) returned from Airlink.

March 2004: B AE 146-200A (E2072, VH-NJQ) sold to Hemus Air (HMS).

April 2004: 912 employees (including 209 Flight Crew (FC), 229 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 177 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

Signs a 5-year contract with the Australian Government Department of Transport & Regional Services to continue operating a B Ae 146 from Perth to Cocos and Christmas Islands.

B Ae 146-200A (E2073, VH-NJU) sold to Hemus Air (HMS).

June 2004: B Ae 146-100A (E1003) returned from Air Niugini (NUI).

November 2004: Parent Qantas (QAN) now expects JetStar (IMU) transition from 8 717's to A320's to be completed by June 2005. The 8 717's will come to National Jet Systems (NJS) arm of QantasLink to replace 8 of 10 B Ae 146's.

June 2005: 960 employees.

717-2CM (55151, VH-NXC) & 717-23S (55063, VH-NXE) transferred from JetStar Airways (IMU) for QantasLink operations. Routes to be flown by the 717-200's include those from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock, Cairns, Darwin, and Perth; from Ayers Rock to Cairns and Perth; from Perth to Broome, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Newman, Paraburdoo, and Port Hedland; from Cairns to Gove & Darwin, and from Paraburdoo to Newman.

September 2005: 2 717-2BD's (55001, VH-NXF; 55002, VH-NXB), deliveries.

October 2005: 717-23S (55062, VH-), delivery.

July 2006: National Jet Systems (NJS) provides aviation services such as wet-leasing, scheduled airline operations, charter and resource industry air services for major corporate and governmental organizations. Flies to over 50 destinations throughout Australasia.
Operates as "QantasLink."

(IATA) Code: NC. (ICAO) Code: NJS (Callsign - NATIONAL JET).

(airportrcpt@nationaljet.com.au).

Parent organization/shareholders: FR Aviation (100%).

(http://www.nationaljet.com.au). (bobb@nationaljet.com.au).

Main Base: Adelaide Airport (ADL).

Hubs: Darwin International airport (DRW); Launceston airport (LST); Perth International airport (PER); Brisbane International airport (BNE); & Cairns International airport (CNS).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Darwin; Learmonth; Mcarthur River; & Perth; & Ravensthorpe.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Christmas Island; & Cocos Islands.

January 2007: Qantas (QAN) exercised options for 2 72-seat Dash 8-400s for January 2008 delivery to its QantasLink regional carrier (NJS). Qantas (QAN) ordered 7 Dash 8-Q400s in early 2005, and the 1st entered service in early 2006. QantasLink (NJS) operates 46 airplanes including 8 717s and 28 Dash 8-Q400s on 1,900 weekly flights to 49 destinations.

March 2007: QantasLink (NJS) is increasing its fleet of 717-200s from eight to 11 as part of a renewed operating agreement with National Jet Systems (NJS) for an additional five years. Qantas (QAN) Group, Executive General Manager Regional Airlines Narendra Kumar said the move will increase (NJS)'s total jet and turboprop fleet to 49 airplanes, which typically serve regional routes within Australia. (NJS) provides crews and maintenance for the 717s. The 1st additional airplane will enter service in August and be based in Perth, with the other 2 entering service in October. At the same time, (NJS) will upgrade the 717 engines from 18,000 lbs thrust to 21,500 lbs to improve payload capability from northern Outback towns during Australia's blistering summer.

October 2007: Qantas (QAN) announced an order for 12 Dash 8-Q400s for regional subsidiary QantasLink (NJS), plus options and purchase rights for an additional 24. Firm order deliveries will begin in June 2008, and boost (NJS)'s Dash 8-Q400 fleet to 21 airplanes. (QAN) CEO Geoff Dixon said the order is valued at A$400 million/$356 million and that the 72-seat airplanes are "central to (NJS)'s growth strategy." The carrier will retire its 36-seat Dash 8-100s by early 2010. It is forecasting annual capacity growth of +19% during the July 2008 to June 2010 period. It operates approximately 2,000 weekly flights aboard 49 airplanes to 50 destinations.

November 2007: Qantas (QAN) firmed up its order for 12 Dashg 8-Q400s plus 24 options and purchase rights. The deal was announced last month. The airplanes will be operated by QantasLink (NJS). 4 of the 12 firm airplanes are conversions of existing options, Bombardier (BMB) said. (NJS) currently operates 7 Dash 8-Q400s and expects delivery of 2 previously ordered airplanes in January.

February 2008: INCDT: The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a heavy landing of a Qantaslink (NJS) 717-23S (5034-55063, /00 VH-NXE) at Darwin Airport on February 7, which resulted in "substantial" damage (with wrinkling discovered in the aft fuselage) to the airplane. The airplane was carrying 84 passengers. Although at one point there were suggestions that the incident could result in the airplane being written off (W/O) - a 1st involving a Qantas (QAN) jet - sources later said the airplane was believed to be repairable. On final approach to the airport, the airplane entered an area of high sink and made a heavy landing according to the (ATSB). No injuries were reported and the passengers disembarked normally.

(NJS) said it is temporarily suspending services on some routes in New South Wales and Queensland until at least July owing to pilot (FC) shortages.

January 2009: Domestic airfares in Australia have plummeted -30% in a year to the lowest point in 17 years, according to data released by the government's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). While the lowest fares fell dramatically, domestic business class (C) fares eased just -1% but are expected to decline more significantly in the coming months as the economy continues to slow and business confidence sinks to its lowest level since surveys were launched in 1998. An Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) investor confidence survey found that expectations for early 2009 were even worse than 2008. (ACCI) said business conditions and sales were at their lowest levels since 1998 when the survey began and profitability was at its lowest level in seven years. The (BITRE) Domestic Air Fare Index is not expressed in actual fares but as an index. The January 2008 index of 56.1 is almost half that of January 1993.

March 2009: The Australian government will conduct an inquiry into security at the nation's airports amid allegations that it is well below recommended standards. Federal Home Affairs Minister, Bob Debus said the inquiry will be independent of the Australian Federal Police, who are responsible for airport security, and initially will focus on the events surrounding the brutal killing of a man at Sydney Airport on March 22 in what appears to have been part of a feud between 2 biker gangs. The Police Federation of Australia union said that according to the Australian Federal Police annual report, staffing numbers at airports are up to -35% fewer than recommended.

August 2010: Qantaslink (NJS) has grounded 5 of its Dash 8-Q400s, citing problems with the landing gear. (NJS) inspected its 21 Dash 8-Q400s after Flybe (BEE) raised concerns about undercarriage fittings on its fleet of Dash 8-Q400s, an (NJS) spokesperson said.

"We have picked up some issues on five airplanes and that has required us to take them out of service," he said in a statement.
He said the issue does not affect "immediate flight safety" but (NJS) is taking a "conservative and safety-first approach" and will replace "a main landing gear fitting component" on each airplane before returning them to service. It is allowing 3 to 4 weeks to complete the work.

Bombardier has had previous problems with Dash 8-Q400 landing gear: (SAS) retired its fleet of 27 in 2007 following 3 incidents involving faulty landing gear.

January 2011: Dash 8-Q400 (4343) ex-(C-GGUK), delivery, wet-leased to Sunstate Airlines.

August 2011: Qantaslink (NJS) will launch 12x-weekly, Geraldton - Perth Dash 8-Q400 service on November 21. It will also introduce the Dash 8-Q400 airplanes on Monday and Wednesday, Exmouth - Perth service; existing 717s will operate the route on Friday and Sunday.

December 2011: Qantaslink (NJS) ia a regional airline system operated by 3 wholly owned subsidiaries of Qantas (QAN): Airlink; Eastern Australia Airlines; and Sunstate Airlines; providing >1,900 weekly flights to 50 metropolitan and regional destinations across Australia.

(ICAO) Code: QLK.

Main Base: Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD).

January 2012: The Air Transport World (ATW) magazine selected Qantaslink (NJS) as the "2012 Regional Airline of the Year," citing its perfect safety record and longstanding commitment to delivering excellent customer service to remote and hostile regions of Australia. The editors applauded (NJS)'s sterling financial performance being profitable in every year since its creation as it has grown to become Australia's largest regional airline.

May 2012: The Qantas Group (QAN) will increase capacity on (QAN), Jetstar (IMU) and QantasLink (NJS) domestic routes in 2012 - 2013 to strengthen its network in the business and leisure markets.

Changes include upgrading airplanes and adding more frequencies, including extra services during peak times on business routes between Sydney (SYD), Melbourne (MEL) and Brisbane (BNE). It will also reintroduce 747 services on the (SYD) - Perth (PER) route.

Adding more A330 services on the (MEL) - (PER) route will increase capacity in the east-west market, according to (QAN).

Jetstar (IMU) will increase capacity in key leisure markets and QantasLink (NJS) will increase capacity across Queensland with the introduction of Fokker F 100 services between (BNE) and Emerald, complementing Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 services and providing cascaded growth in key regional markets.

These measures will ensure that the Qantas Group maintains its profit-maximizing 65% market share, while retaining the flexibility to adjust planned capacity growth according to market conditions.

Qantas (QAN) is now wet-leasing Fokker F 100s from Alliance Airlines ((IATA) Code: QQ, based at Brisbane International airport (BNE)) for Qantaslink (NJS) branded services from Brisbane International (BNE) to Emerald (EMD), Mackay (MKY) and Rockhampton (ROK) airports.

May 2013: Parent, Qantas (QAN) intends to move QantasLink (NJS) regional flights into its Sydney domestic terminal later this year.

Qantas (QAN) subsidiary, QantasLink (NJS) will increase its Boeing 717 fleet operated by Cobham Aviation Services from 13 to 18, in an AUD$150 million/$148.3 million contract extension. The agreement will also establish new operating bases in Australia. Flights are expected to begin in the fourth quarter.

Cobham (CEO) Bob Murphy said, “The addition of 5 further 717 airplanes to the fleet is a significant expansion of Cobham’s commercial operations in Australia and strengthens a 22-year relationship with (QAN).”

September 2014: QantasLink (NJS) is upgrading and expanding a heavy maintenance facility at Tamworth to support its 31 Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s, 16 Dash 8-Q300s and 2 Dash 8-Q200s.

December 2014: QantasLink (NJS) began its 33rd route from its Brisbane (BNE) hub on November 28th, with the launch of a 4x-weekly service to Hamilton Island (HTI). The capital of Queensland becomes the 3rd mainland destination served direct from Hamilton Island by (NJS). The route will be operated by its 74Y-seat Dash 8-Q400s and will encounter competition from Virgin Australia Airlines (VOZ), which operates the sector with a daily service. QantasLink (NJS) (CEO) John Gissing said: “We know that our customers wanted a direct premium service from Brisbane to Hamilton Island, so it’s a very exciting day for us and our customers.”

Fleet:
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September 2017:

5 717-2BD (BR715) (5002-55001, /98 VH-NXF, 2005-09; 5003-55002, /98 VH-NXB, 2005-09), EX-(IMU), TO REPLACE B AE 146'S. 125Y.

1 717-2CM (BR715) (5041-55151, /00 VH-NXC), EX-(IMU) 2005-06. QANTASLINK OPS. 125Y.

3 717-2K9 (BR715) (5013-55054, /99 VH-NXI; 5014-55055, /99 VH-NXH; 5020-55057, /00 VH-NXG). 125Y.

2 717-23S (BR715) (5031-55062, /00 VH-NXD, 2005-10; 5034-55063, /OO VH-NXE, 2005-06 - SEE INCDT - - FEBRUARY 2008), EX-(IMU). QANTASLINK OPS. 125Y.

1 717-231 (BR715) (VH-NXO - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "NJS-717-2008-04"), 125Y.

5 ORDERS 717-200 (BR715), COBHAM AVIATION SERVICES. 125Y.

0 727-77C (JT8D-7A) (768-20278, /69 VH-TBS), (ROI) LSD. EX-(ACS) 2003-09. WFU AT BRISBANE 2003-10. FREIGHTER.

1 727-277F (JT8D-15 HK) (1481-21695, /79 VH-VLF), EX-(ANS)/(INL), (ROI) LSD. EX-(ACS) 2003-09. FREIGHTER.

1 727-277F (JT8D-15 HK) (989-20549, VH-VLE), OPS FOR AUSTRALIAN AIR EXPRESS 2001-12, (JTE) LSD. EX-(ACS) 2003-09. EX-(ACS) 2003-09. FREIGHTER.

3 727-277F (JT8D-15 HK) (1054-20551, VH-VLG "JULIE;" 753-22641, VLI "TANIA;" 759-22642, VH-VLH "JOANNE"), (EPT) LSD, OPS FOR AUSTRALIAN AIR EXPRESS 2002-11. EX-(ACS) 2003-09. FREIGHTER.

0 727-281C (JT8D) (1316-21455, /78 VH-VLD), EX-(ANA)/(QCC), (GRB) LSD, (TRV) WET-LSD 2001-09, TRANSFERRED FROM (TRV) 2002-12. EX-(ACS) 2003-09. RTND (GRB) 2003-10. FREIGHTER.

1 B AE AVRO JETSTREAM 41.

1 DASH 8-Q102 (PW120A) (8, VH-JSD), AEOMIL LSD 2000-09 TIL 2004 (P2-NAY), (13, /85, LST (QAN) AIRLINK 2001-11 (VH-JSY). 8, (VH-JSZ) RTND 2003-02. 37Y.

2 BOMBARDIER DASH 8-Q103 (PW121) (170, /89 VH-JSJ; 229, /90 VH-JSI), LST E AUST 1999-11), 229 RTND 2001-05. (213, VH-JSY) RTT AVLINE 2002-11. (170, /89 VH-JSJ) RF SUNSTATE. 37Y.

1 BOMBARDIER DASH 8-Q106 (316, /92 P2-NAZ), 35Y.

1 DASH 8-Q202 (PW123D) (411, /95 VH-JSH, LST AIRLINK TIL 2000-08). 37Y.

0 DASH 8-Q200 (PW123D) (550, VH-ZZI), LSD 2000-11. RTND. 37Y.

1 DASH 8-Q300 (PW123B) (399, /95 VH-JSQ), 50Y.

7 +2 ORDERS DASH 8-Q400 (4343, 2011-01), EX-(C-GGUK), WET-LST SUNSTATE AIRLINES. 72Y.

12/24 ORDERS DASH 8-Q400, 72Y:

1 B AE 146-100QT (ALF502R-5) (E1002, /83 VH-NJV), B AE LSD. FREIGHTER.

4 B AE 146-100 E1160, /90 VH-NJD; E1104, /89 VH-NJE; E1152, /90 VH-NJR; E1005, /83 VH-NJY; E1009, /83 VH-NJZ), 6C, 58Y.

4 B AE 146-100A (ALF502R-5) (E1004, /82 VH-NJA), RF (DEB) 1999-12; (E1013, /84 VH-NJC; E1152, /90 VH-NJR) RF AIRLINK 2002-10. E1003 RF (NIU) 2004-06. E1003 WET-LST (IMU) 2004-12. 6C, 58Y.

0 B AE 146-100 (RJ70) (E1223) RTND TO LESSOR 2000-03.

8 B AE AVRO 146-200 (LF507-1F) (E2170, /90 VH-NJG; E2178, /91 VH-NJH; E2184, /91 VH-NJJ; E2034, /85 VH-NJW; E2040, /85 VH-YAF) (E1228, /94 VH-NJT, LST AIRLINK TIL 2001-02), (E2072; E2073; ST HEMUS AIR 2004-02). E2034 ST ASIAN SPIRIT 2005-07. 6C, 58Y.

3 B AE 146-300 (ALF502R-5) (E3213, /92 VH-NJL; E3217, /91 VH-NJN; E3243, VH-NBU, 2010-09), B AE LSD, 8C, 79Y.

2 B AE 146-300QT (ALF502R-5) (E3198, /91 VH-NJF; E3194, /91 VH-NJM), AUSTRALIAN EXPRESS OPS. FREIGHTER.

0 B AE 125-1000. 1 RTND.

0 EMBRAER EMB-110 BANDEIRANTE P2. RTND.

2 EMBRAER ERJ-145LR (AE3007A) (095; 099). +2 OPTIONS.

6 GATES LEARJET 35.

1 ROCKWELL SHRIKE AEROCOMMANDER.

6 BN-2B ISLANDERS.

1 B AE RJ70 (LF507-1F) (1223), 83Y.

3 CESSNA F406.

1 PIPER PA-31-350 NAVAJO CHIEFTAIN.

Management:
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NJS-DANIELA MARSILLI MD-2004

WARREN SEYMOUR, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN.

GEOFF ROE, CHAIRMAN.

JOHN GISSING, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) QANTASLINK (NJS).

MS DANIELA MARSILLI, MANAGING DIRECTOR.

IAN SMITH, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).

ROBERT BIRKS, GROUP GENERAL MANAGER COMMERCIAL.

CHRIS SNOOK, GROUP GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.

PETER O'REGAN, GROUP GENERAL MANAGER TECHNICAL SERVICES.

RON SALTER, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.

BOYD PARK, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA).

 
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