Vincent Aviation has operated its inaugural flight from Sydney to Narrabri, taking over from defunct carrier Brindabella Airlines.
Vincent has been awarded an interim license on the regional route and had planned to launch flights on 19 February, however a delay in amending its air operator’s certificate saw the first flight depart on 21 February instead.
The airline will now operate five times weekly services to Narrabri using a 34-seat Saab 340.
Vincent Aviation has lodged an application to take on the route license for five years, and plans to operate up to four times daily services in future.
Brindabella suspended its operations in mid-December shortly before receivers were appointed to the regional carrier, leaving regional services from Sydney to Narrabri, Moree, Cobar and Mudgee in limbo.
Since then, authorities have also granted interim authorisation for QantasLink to take over Moree services, while long-term licenses are still being considered.
Regional Express has indicated that it is still assessing whether to bid for any of the routes, with its Air Link subsidiary likely to operate any services it is awarded.