Cross-country flights between Australia’s eastern capitals and Perth could be on the agenda for Rex (Regional Express) after the airline formalised a dry-lease agreement for two new Boeing 737-800NG aircraft.
After signing a Letter of Intent earlier this year, the agreement for the two new aircraft is for an initial term of eight years, taking its domestic 737 fleet to nine.
The airline says a further two planes, which would see the fleet swell to 11 jets, could still be added before the end of the 2023/24 financial year.
The first of the new planes will arrive in Australia this month and enter service by the middle of August, with a second arriving by the middle of September.
Rex will begin daily flights between Melbourne and Hobart from 17 August, the latest route to join the network after services between Sydney and Adelaide began earlier this month.
“The arrival of these new aircraft is yet another step in fulfilling our ambition to fly to, and between, every capital city in Australia,” said Rex Deputy Chairman John Sharp.
“We believe it’s best to grow in a measured way, ensuring capacity meets demand. But we also need to be flexible as aviation is a dynamic industry where the only constant is change,” Sharp added.
“Rex currently has flights to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra, as well as to the Gold Coast and we invite expressions of interest from other cities who want a share of Rex’s trademark reliability and country hospitality at affordable fares.”
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