Australia’s Regional Express has signed a letter of intent to lease one Boeing 737-800, as part of fleet expansion plans. 

The additional aircraft takes its 737 fleet to seven aircraft, all of which operate mainline domestic routes. Rex says the aircraft “is expected to be available for service” after checks, but did not disclose a date. 

Rex 737-800

Source: Rex

A Rex 737-800

Rex’s chairman John Sharp says: “With the full reopening of borders, Rex will continue to expand its domestic fleet and will look at introducing new aircraft whenever these become available for lease at favourable terms”.

The carrier, which also operates a fleet of Saab 340Bs, launched jet operations in March 2021, flying between cities on the Australian east coast, such as Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. 

In November, it announced plans to expand operations in Queensland state, including basing on 737-800 at Brisbane, a move it said will “underpin the airline’s Queensland expansion”.