I was talking to Vincent Aviation's CEO Peter Vincent the other day because we were writing a story about the carrier's move to put a Dash 8 in Darwin for its Darwin-Groote Eylandt service rather than continuing to rely solely on Beechcraft 1900s.
Peter was good enough to email me some pictures of his Dash 8. As you can see from the pics, this aircraft has been to a lot of places. It was until recently being used in the Solomon Islands for example.
Peter's company is actually New Zealand based but it does work in Australia, the South Pacific and places in Southeast Asia such as Timor Leste and Cambodia.
New Zealand is a relatively small country but I think the size of that market actually acts as a great impetus for successful New Zealand companies to expand internationally in order to grow.
By comparison, I think some Australian companies are just too comfortable playing in the Aussie domestic market and fail to make a big enough effort to expand overseas into Asia.
The success of Vincent Aviation's businesses overseas is testament to the importance of thinking globally.