News Listings for Skippers Aviation

  • Three miss Australian deadline

    News | 05 Jul 2005 00:00

    <P>Australia last week implemented a new requirement for all commercial aircraft operating in the country to be fitted with enhanced ground proximity warning systems (EGPWS).</P> <P>The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) says three carriers missed the deadline and their requests for exemptions were denied because they had known for five years that the new regulations would be implemented on 1 June. </P> <P>Papua New Guinea’s Air Niugini has been banned from operating its two Fokker 100s into Australia because the aircraft are not yet equipped with EGPWS. But Air Niugini, which has been operating the Fokkers on nine weekly flights to Cairns in north-east Australia from Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby, also operates EGPWS-equipped Boeing 767s and Bombardier Dash 8s.</P> <P>CASA says Skippers Aviation, a regional carrier in Western Australia, and Regional Pacific Aviation, a Cairns-based carrier, also missed the deadline. Both these carriers operate Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias
  • Two tribes

    News | 01 Jul 2004 00:00

    <p>Australia's regionals have had to learn to live in a market dominated  by a single network carrier and a major low-cost competitor</p> <p>Ansett's collapse in September 2001 was a defining moment for Australia's mature regional airline market. Before then, the industry had been divided into two camps - Qantas and Ansett - with subsidiaries and affiliates reasonably matched on both sides.</p> <p>Today the market is dominated by Qantas, with low-cost challenger Virgin Blue providing its major domestic competition. Ansett's subsidiaries reappeared after administration with new owners, but in a much changed landscape. The two largest - Hazelton and Kendell - merged to form a new airline called Regional Express, or simply Rex, while Skywest and the tiny Aeropelican have both continued with new investors.</p> <p>As far as Qantas is concerned, Ansett's demise allowed, perhaps even forced, it to strengthen its regional presence. It has done so through its own subsidiary on larger routes,
  • Qantas spoils Ansett's plans in bid to take over Hazelton Airlines

    News | 05 Dec 2000 00:00

    <p>Australian flag-carrier Qantas has muscled in on rival Ansett's planned takeover of regional carrier Hazelton Airlines, with its Qantas Longreach subsidiary offering A$20.4 million ($10.6 million) for all 17 million shares in the Orange, New South Wales-based carrier - a third more than Ansett's A$15.3. </p> <p>Ansett began the bidding by announcing that it had acquired 20% of the regional from the Hazelton family, and had made a cash offer of A$0.90 for the remaining shares, subject to securing 90% of stock during the offer period. Qantas responded on 28 November by agreeing to buy a 20% stake from 25% shareholder Skippers Aviation of Western Australia, with a cash offer of $1.20 for remaining shares, subject to it acquiring just 51% of the total. </p> <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=4936' /></p> <p>Ansett has urged shareholders not to sell until they have heard a new offer, and says it will respond to the Qantas bid when it has considered its terms and related state
  • Ansett launches takeover bid to buy Hazelton

    News | 17 Oct 2000 00:00

    <p>Ansett Holdings has launched an A$15.3 million takeover bid for Australian regional Hazelton Airlines. Ansett has already bought 20% of the carrier from the Hazelton family, reducing their stake from 33% to 13%. Other shareholders include Perth-based Skippers Aviation, with 25%, and Truegrip Aviation with 10%. </p> <p>Ansett's offer of A$0.90 per share for Hazelton represents a 36% premium. Truegrip's chairman says it is "inadequate" because the Cudal, New South Wales-based carrier has expansion opportunities. Saab 340 operator Hazelton suffered a 72% drop in net profit to just A$228,000 in the year ended June, despite a 10% rise in sales to A$69 million. It blamed fuel prices and an unfavourable tax position. </p> <p>At the same time, Ansett-owned Kendell Airlines suffered a 67% profit slump to $5.2 million, due to problems with the introduction of Bombardier CRJs. There are no plans to change the Australian regional destinations served by the Ansett/Air New Zealand group. </p>
  • Losses make New Zealand's Kiwi flightless

    News | 18 Sep 1996 00:00

    <p>Paul Phelan/CAIRNS </p> <p>LOSSES AT KIWI Travel International Airlines, the New Zealand low-cost carrier, have forced it to cease operations, while two Australian airlines have also run into financial difficulties. </p> <p>Kiwi Travel went into voluntary liquidation with losses estimated at NZ$3 million ($2 million) over the past three months. The carrier had been operating up to 30 scheduled trans-Tasman services weekly, from the New Zealand regional centres of Hamilton and Invercargill to Brisbane, Perth (Western Australia) and Sydney, as well as from Christchurch to Sydney. </p> <p>Following a legal action in which Singapore-based aircraft lessor Region Air was ordered to restore services to Kiwi, air-traffic-services provider AirServices Australia took court action to ground Kiwi on 6 September because of unpaid charges. </p> <p>About 4,000 passengers were stranded on either side of the Tasman, with a further 6,000 holding unused tickets. Air New Zealand and Qantas are repa
  • Skippers Sale

    News | 24 May 1995 00:00

    <p>Fairchild Aircraft has sold a Metro 23 to Skippers Aviation, based in Perth, Western Australia, for delivery in July, with a second aircraft on option. The US manufacturer has delivered two Metro 23s to Hainan Airlines of China and one to Asia-Pacific Airlines of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sydney-based Australian Jet Charter has become Pacific Rim distributor for Fairchild parts. Some 60 Metros are being operated in the region. </p>