Alliance Airlines

Alliance Airlines is an aviation services company based in Brisbane, Queensland with operational bases in Adelaide, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth, Townsville and Darwin. The Company owns and operates a fleet of Fokker aircraft including Fokker 50 turboprops and Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 jet aircraft. Alliance operates fly-in fly-out (FIFO) air charter services for the Australian mining and resources industry across Australia, as well as private aircraft charters throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and South East Asia. Alliance also provides aircraft component sales and leasing worldwide.[2]

History

Alliance was established in 2002 when Brisbane based Queensland Airline Holdings acquired the assets of the dormant Flight West Airlines,[3] which had been established in May 1987 and ceased scheduled services in 2001. Alliance commenced operations with two Fokker 100 aircraft [4] and has since expanded its fleet and operational capabilities to service the growing demand from the mining and energy sector. It is a subsidiary of Alliance Aviation Services that was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2011 and now has over 575 employees.[5] In November 2015, Alliance announced the purchase of 6 Fokker 70 and 15 Fokker 100 aircraft from Austrian Airlines.[6] In November 2018, Alliance was awarded CAPA Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year[7].

In February 2019, Qantas acquired a 19.9% shareholding.[8][9]

Safety Standards

Alliance was recognised as the first aircraft operator in Australia to attain Flight Safety Foundation Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) Gold Status in 2013 [10] and in 2016, was recognised as the first regional aircraft operator in Australia to attain IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification.[11] Alliance undergoes regular safety and compliance audits including, but are not limited to:

Services

Fly In Fly Out

Alliance Airlines operates fly-in fly-out air services (FIFO) to over 20 mine sites connecting workers to some of the most remote mining and energy projects across Australia.[12] Alliance services some of the largest mining projects in Australia including Ballera, Cannington, Cloncurry, Groote Eylandt, Leinster, Mount Keith, Olympic Dam, Phosphate Hill, Telfer, Barimunya, Coondewanna, Newman, Leonora, Century Mine and The Granites.[13]

Alliance's customers are predominantly major mining and energy companies including BHP, Newcrest Mining, CITIC Pacific, Incitec Pivot, South32 and Santos.[14]

In May 2014, Alliance won the contract with BHP Billiton Iron Ore for a five-year contract to operate 36 sectors a week from Perth to Coondewanna and Barimunya airports in Western Australia.[15]

In 2015, Alliance announced a contract extension with St Barbara for the provision of air charter services for a further three years [16] and a five-year contract with BHP Billiton Olympic Dam mine.[17]

In 2016, Alliance announced a five-year contract with Santos for jet services from Adelaide to the Cooper Basin,[18] a three-year contract extension for air charter services for South32 Cannington and Gemco mines,[19] and a 12-month contract extension with CITIC Pacific Mining for air charter services whilst the new airport/strip is under construction at Cape Preston.[20]

In 2018, Alliance announced contract extensions with Glencore[21], Newmont Mining[22], Ernest Henry Mining[23], BHP Iron Ore[24], Incitec Pivot[25], St Barbara[26] and BHP Nickel West[27] respectively. Alliance also signed a three year charter services agreement with JTB Corporation.[28]

In 2019, Alliance announced an extension of wetlease services with Virgin Australia.[29]

Aircraft Charters

Alliance Airlines provides aircraft charters throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and South East Asia for all types of group travel including:[30]

In 2015 Alliance signed a three-year contract with Tauck to operate charter flights throughout Australia and New Zealand. In 2018 Alliance announced a three year contract extension with Tauck whilst electing not to extend the New Zealand contract beyond 31 December 2019[31]. Current destinations include Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns and Sydney[32]

Alliance is also contracted by Federal and State Government on an adhoc basis to provide air charter services. Alliance supplied two jet aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force Squadron 34 in support of the 2016 Federal Election.[33]

In 2017 Alliance Airlines and Virgin Australia received unconditional approval for five years from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for the long-term strategic partnership between Alliance and the charter business of the Virgin Australia Group[34]. Alliance further announced an extension to wetlease services agreement extension with Virgin Australia Group in early 2019[35].

Aircraft Sales & Leasing

Alliance Airlines provides short and long term leasing of aircraft for airline planning and capacity worldwide. The acquisition of 21 Fokker aircraft from Austrian Airlines provided Alliance with the a cost effective and guaranteed supply of engines and parts for its existing fleet, as well as significant revenue opportunities including:[36]

Aircraft Maintenance

Alliance Airlines Authorised Maintenance Organisation (AMO) offers maintenance support services for Fokker specific aircraft. The AMO provides Line and Base maintenance services in all operational bases for both Alliance Airlines and third parties.

Alliance Airlines AMO is approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to provide maintenance services under the CASR Part 145 regulatory framework and valid Part 145 approval under PNG CASA. The AMO also has approved Workshop capability focusing on Fokker specific avionics and air frame components that ensure Alliance Airline’s ability to respond effectively to meeting the requirements of the aircraft operator.

Scheduled Services

Alliance Airlines offers regular passenger transport (RPT) on selected FIFO routes including:[37]

From 17 July 2017 Alliance started flying to the following destinations in partnership with Virgin Australia

Destinations such as Brisbane to Cloncurry, Mount Isa and Rockhampton are in a wet lease agreement with Virgin Australia.[38]

Fleet

As of September 2019, the Alliance Airlines fleet consists of an all Fokker fleet of the following aircraft:[39]

Alliance Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers (Eco) Notes
Fokker 50 5 - 52
Fokker 70 11 5[40] 80
Fokker 100 25 5[41] 100 All coming from Helvetic Airways
Total 41 6

References

  1. ^ http://www.allianceairlines.com.au/where-we-fly
  2. ^ McMillan, Scott (12 December 2016). "Alliance executes extension of contract with CITIC Pacific Mining". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  3. ^ SMH. "Queensland Premier clears Alliance Airlines, Australia's newest carrier, for take off - Latest Travel News - July 2002 - ASIA Travel Tips.com". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
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  5. ^ "Alliance Airlines - Our People". Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  6. ^ Schofield, Lee (25 November 2015). "Alliance Aviation creates new business and establishes a European presence" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  7. ^ https://centreforaviation.com/analysis/reports/jal-thai-lion-saudia-flyadeal-scoop-2018-capa-asia-pacific-aviation-awards-for-excellence-446343
  8. ^ Debrief Australian Aviation March 2019 page 15
  9. ^ Qantas stake in Alliance Airlines raises concerns Australian Competition & Consumer Commission 1 August 2019
  10. ^ "BARS News - First aircraft operators achieve Gold registration status". Flight Safety. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  11. ^ "IATA - Alliance Airlines Pty Ltd". IATA. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Alliance Airlines - Where We Fly". Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  13. ^ Dyer, Matthew (12 September 2015). "Alliance Aviation signs new 5-year contract" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  14. ^ Dyer, Matthew (12 September 2015). "Alliance Aviation signs new 5-year contract" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Alliance lands biggest FIFO deal yet with BHP Iron Ore contract". Australian Aviation. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  16. ^ McMillan, Scott (15 May 2015). "Contract win/extension - St Barbara Limited" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  17. ^ Dyer, Matthew (12 September 2015). "Alliance Aviation signs new 5-year contract" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  18. ^ McMillan, Scott (12 February 2016). "Major Contract Win - Alliance executes long term contract with Santos Limited" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  19. ^ McMillan, Scott (4 July 2016). "Major contract extension - Alliance executes extension of contracts with South32" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  20. ^ McMillan, Scott (12 December 2016). "Major contract extension - Alliance executes extension of contract with CITIC Pacific Mining" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  21. ^ http://qquat.vtmel-web03.dyndns.org/docs/default-source/info-announcements/2018-01-15---glencore-contract.pdf?sfvrsn=2
  22. ^ http://www.allianceairlines.com.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2018-02-02---newmont-contract-extension.pdf?sfvrsn=c8481d9e_0
  23. ^ http://www.allianceairlines.com.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2018-02-20---ernest-henry-mine-contract-extension.pdf?sfvrsn=9d461d9e_0
  24. ^ http://www.allianceairlines.com.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2018-04-04---bhpio-contract-extension.pdf?sfvrsn=1a451d9e_0
  25. ^ http://www.allianceairlines.com.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2018-07-25---incitec-pivot-limited-contract-extension.pdf?sfvrsn=495d1d9e_0
  26. ^ http://www.allianceairlines.com.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2018-07-31---st-barbara---contract-extension.pdf?sfvrsn=fc5d1d9e_0
  27. ^ http://www.allianceairlines.com.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2018-11-30---bhp-niw-contract-extension.pdf?sfvrsn=ddf31d9e_0
  28. ^ http://www.allianceairlines.com.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2018-02-14---jtb-corporation-contract.pdf?sfvrsn=97461d9e_0
  29. ^ Alliance extends Wet Lease Services Agreement with Virgin Australia Group Alliance Aviation Services 19 February 2019
  30. ^ "Alliance Airlines - Aircraft Charters". Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  31. ^ https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20180927/pdf/43yprhdzg7tkq4.pdf
  32. ^ "Writedowns push Alliance Aviation to first half statutory loss". Australian Aviation. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  33. ^ Padgett, Steve (27 October 2016). "Annual General Meeting - Chairman's Address" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  34. ^ http://www.allianceairlines.com.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2017-5-18---alliance-airlines-and-virgin-australia-long-term-strategic-partnership-agreement.pdf?sfvrsn=4c871e9e_0
  35. ^ http://www.allianceairlines.com.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/wet-lease-services-agreement-extension-with-virgin-australia-group.pdf?sfvrsn=62a21d9e_0
  36. ^ Schofield, Lee (25 November 2015). "Alliance Aviation creates a new business and establishes a European presence" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  37. ^ "Book A Flight". Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  38. ^ "Alliance Airlines adds new routes in Queensland as Virgin prepares to close Brisbane ATR base". Australian Aviation. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  39. ^ https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Alliance-Airlines-(Australia)
  40. ^ "HAWKER PACIFIC SECURES ALLIANCE AS HEAVY MAINTENANCE CUSTOMER". Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  41. ^ Helvetic Airways sells remaining Fokkers to Alliance Airlines

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