Australian charter carrier Alliance Aviation has secured a six-year contract extension to continue flights operated on behalf of CITIC Pacific Mining Management (CPM).

The contract will see the carrier provide 22 services weekly between Perth and Cape Preston, to support CPM’s Sino Iron operation, which produces and processes magnetite.


Source: Alliance Airlines

An Alliance Airlines Fokker 100

The deal will extend Alliance’s support of CPM to a total of 19 years.

“Alliances is pleased to be able to continue to provide CPM with a fully integrated aviation solution which includes aerodrome management and air charter services,” says Alliance managing director Scott McMillan.

“The contract extension signed today is a testament of the excellent working relationship between Alliance and CPM that begun in 2009. I would like to thank the staff of Alliance and CPM for the cooperative way this extension has been finalised. We look forward to continuing to provide high quality service to CPM for the next six years.”

Alliance did not provide the value of the deal, nor the type of aircraft that will operate the service. Given Cape Preston’s remoteness, however, the carrier is likely to use its fleet of Fokker jets. Cirium fleets data indicates that Alliance Airlines operates 24 Fokker 100s and 11 Fokker 70s.

The carrier also operates Embraer E190s, mostly on behalf of Qantas Airways.

In May, Qantas, which owns 20% of Alliance, announced that it aims to acquire the rest of the charter carrier for A$614 million ($425 million), pending various approvals.