Australia’s Brindabella Airlines in receivership

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Australian regional carrier Brindabella Airlines entered receivership on 15 December, one day after it grounded its fleet and ceased operations.

Insolvency firm KordaMentha has been appointed as the managers and receivers of the Canberra-based airline, and the company says that it is calling for expressions of interest to sell the business.

Flights have been suspended indefinitely, however, and the company has stopped taking bookings.

The airline mainly operated services in regional New South Wales to towns including Cobar, Narrabri, Orange and Tamworth and is affiliated with Qantas Airways. Earlier this year, it was merged with Newcastle-based sister carrier Aeropelican Air Services.

The airline holds exclusive licenses on some of its routes, and the receiver says that it is in discussions with the authorities on sourcing for replacement operators on affected routes.

The airline grounded its entire fleet on 14 December, when the Civil Aviation Safety Authority ordered the grounding of six of its aircraft while it reviewed maintenance records on them.

CASA made similar orders on four other aircraft in November, citing possible deficiencies in the maintenance of the aircraft’s engines.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database shows that Brindabella has a fleet of 12 aircraft, including BAe Jetstream 31s and 41s, and Fairchild Metroliner III turboprops.