Thursday, December 31, 2015

Alliance Airlines Fokker 100 VH-XWQ

Alliance Airlines is an air charter company providing Fly-in / Fly-out (FIFO) services to the mining and energy sector with a fleet of Fokker 50, 70 & 100 aircraft from bases at Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne / Essendon, Perth and Townsville.

Alliance Airlines also provides adhoc charter services to a number of airlines including Qantas and Virgin Australia and to a range of corporate and government customers.

The airline commenced operations in 2002 with an initial fleet of two Fokker 100 and two Embraer EMB120 Brasilia aircraft when Brisbane based Queensland Airline Holdings acquired the assets of Flight West Airlines which had become dormant after the collapse of Ansett Airlines.

With customers including major mining and energy companies such as BHP Billiton, Newcrest Mining, Citic Pacific, Incitec Pivot, Minerals and Metals Group, Santos and OZ Minerals - it is understandable Alliance Airlines currently flies workers to some of the largest mining projects in Australia including Argyle, Ballera, Cannington, Cloncurry, Groote Eylandt, Lawn Hill, Mt Isa, Nickel West, Olympic Dam, Phosphate Hill, Prominent Hill, Shay Gap, Telfer and The Granites.

Of interest, it was announced in November 2015 that Alliance Airlines will acquire the entire Austrian Airlines fleet of 21 Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 airliners under a deal that will see Alliance diversify its operations into Europe and the Lufthansa owned company become a shareholder in the Australian operation.

All photo's were captured at Alliance Airlines Maintenance Facility, Townsville Airport, October 2014.