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Formed in 2004 and started operations in 2005. Domestic, scheduled, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
OzJet Airlines c/-AAES
Gate 24 Operations Road
Melbourne Airport, Victoria 3045, Australia
15 Hewitt Way
Melbourne, Victoria 3043, 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.
February 2005: Formula One team boss Paul Stoddart announced the proposed A$70 million/$55.1 million launch of OzJet (OZJ), which will use a fleet of 4 737-2229's & 6 B Ae 146's that are fully owned by his European Aviation Air Charter (EUL) company. 737's will have 60 business class (C) seats for the Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, & Canberra. Preliminary discussions for obtaining an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) have been held.
March 2005: 737-229 (20907), European Skybus leased.
June 2005: OzJet (OZJ) provides scheduled, domestic, business class jet airplane services.
July 2005: (IATA) Code: O7.
2 orders B Ae 146-300 (E3135; E3147), sister company, European Skybus wet-leased for start-up.
September 2005: 737-229 (20907, VH-OZQ), delivery.
November 2005: OzJet (OZJ), Australia's fourth domestic carrier, has begun selling tickets ahead of its Nov 29 launch. (OZJ) plans to operate an all-premium product using three 737-200s configured with only 60 seats with 40-inches pitch and fares lower than its rivals' economy rate. The Melbourne - Sydney launch price of A$325/$238 each way undercuts Qantas (QAN)'s fully flexible economy rate by -10% - -15% but it is higher than that of Virgin Blue (VOZ). Flights from other cities, including Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth, will be added as (OZJ) builds its fleet to 10 airplanes.
(OZJ), Australia's first all-business-class airline, entered the domestic market amid signs that the price war of recent years is set to shift to the premium sector. (OZJ)'s launch was greeted by business (C) fare discounts by Qantas (QAN) and a more aggressive campaign by (VOZ) for the corporate market, underpinned by the introduction of its Velocity frequent-flier scheme. Former racing team head Paul Stoddart's OzJet (OZJ) is offering eight flights a day between Sydney and Melbourne using two 737-200s configured with just 60C seats each. Its introductory fare of A$200/$147 each way and regular fare of A$325 compare to the online rate of A$565 being offered by (QAN). (OZJ) plans to expand to Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra next year as it increases its fleet to 10 airplanes.
December 2005: OzJet (OZJ) launched operations with an inaugural flight from Sydney to Melbourne at 9am. The airline now operates 8 round trips on weekdays using its fleet of 737-200s in a Business Class 60 seat configuration. The airline intends to expand its services to include Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth during 2006.
(OZJ), canceled two of its eight daily flights between Sydney and Melbourne and cut fares through January 9 by -18% less than a week after beginning operations. Founder Paul Stoddart told "The Sydney Morning Herald" that he expected business (C) traffic to decline during the summer months.
January 2006: OzJet (OZJ) is showing further signs of stress after only two months, announcing a two-for-one fare deal designed to overcome slow business during the domestic holiday season. The giveaway offer comes as the fledgling carrier struggles with threadbare loads on the three 737-200s it operates on the busy business route between Sydney and Melbourne. Launched November 29, (OZJ) also has halved its schedule to four return flights per day but plans to return to full service at the end of January.
Under the latest deal, passengers will receive two tickets for the price of one, with the airline providing a free equivalent journey for use by February 28. The bonus ticket can be used by a friend or relative. According to Managing Director, Hans van Pelt, the offer should attract more passengers ahead of the upswing in the business travel market following the traditional Christmas-New Year's break.
"Because (OZJ) is so different to other airlines, it is not until people experience flying with us that they fully appreciate what we have to offer," Van Pelt explained.
(OZJ) is operating a 60C-seat configuration on the airplanes, with each seat offering a 40-inch pitch. Hot meals and wine also are provided.
February 2006: OzJet (OZJ) will offer its all-business (C)-class 737 service six-times-weekly, between Melbourne and Perth, beginning March 6th.
March 2006: OzJet (OZJ), Australia's first premium-only airline, suspended scheduled operations after only three months, citing its failure to break the stranglehold of Qantas (QAN) and Virgin Blue (VOZ) on the business travel market. It cancelled its Sydney - Melbourne service and will not proceed with plans to establish flights to Perth next month. About -70 employees lost their jobs. The airline is expected to continue a limited charter operation, scaling down its 737-200 fleet from four to two and keeping approximately 30% of its staff. (QAN) has agreed to carry passengers stranded by (OZJ)'s withdrawal.
"(OZJ) will focus its future flying around ad hoc and VIP charters, something there is clearly a demand for in Australia as little, if any, competition exists in that market," Chairman Paul Stoddart said. (OZJ) launched services in December but immediately ran into the traditional slow season for business travel and despite promotions, never was able to fill more than >50% of the 60 seats on board its airplanes. It is the fourth start up to exit the domestic market in the past 16 years following the collapses of two, including Compass Airlines in the early 1990s and the departure of Impulse Airlines (IMU), which was acquired by (QAN) in 2001.
September 2006: OzJet (OZJ) provides a charter jet airplane service from Melbourne.
Parent organization/shareholders: Gannet Investments (72%); JJ Holdings (10.5%); Trevor King (10%); David Blake (2.5%); Hans Van Pelt (2.5%); & Peter Schott (2.5%).
Main Base: Melbourne Tullamarine International Airport (MEL).
Hub: Sydney Kingsford Smith International airport (SYD).
January 2007: 737-229 (20911, VH-OZD), European Skybus leased.
May 2007: 737-229 (20911, VH-OZD), wet-leased to Norfolk Air (NOA) and painted in "norfolkair.com" colors, to provide service between Norfolk Island and Brisbane and Sydney (and soon Newcastle).
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.
July 2009: OzJet Airlines (OZJ) of Australia announced its acquisition by "Strategic Airlines (STC)," a charter and wet-lease (ACMI) operator. (STC) said it will introduce an A320 on OzJet (OZJ)'s Perth - Derby service by the end of September, replacing a chartered F 100. (STC) Executive Director, Michael James said it will "retain some of the existing [OZJ] employee base for future company operations." In May, (STC) placed an A320-200 into service with Solomon Airlines (SOI) on a Brisbane - Honiara flight. It reached agreement to lease an A330-223 from Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) in April and will begin operating the airplane in October. It expects a second A320-200 on lease from Aercap (DEA) to arrive next month.