Qantas unit secures mining charter contract in West Australia

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Qantas Airways has secured a three-year contract to supply air services to Roy Hill Iron Ore's Ginbata airstrip in western Australia.

Under the deal, Qantas-owned Network Aviation will operate three services a week on the Perth-Ginbata route.

"The Roy Hill contract is the latest win for Qantas and an important milestone in our push to further develop regional and charter services across Australia," says Qantas domestic chief executive Lyell Strambi.

"The agreement demonstrates Qantas' strength in the fly-in, fly-out business and affirms our strategy of investing and expanding our charter operations through Network Aviation."

Opened in March 2013, the Ginbata airfield is capable of handling aircraft as large as a Boeing 737.

According to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database, Network Aviation operates 12 Fokker 100s and seven Embraer EMB-120 Brasillia aircraft.