Regional Express Reviews


Regional Express Reviews

Regional Express Pty Ltd (also known as Rex) is an airline based in Mascot, New South Wales, Australia. It operates scheduled regional services. It is Australia’s largest regional airline outside the Qantas group of companies and serves New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, North Queensland and Tasmania. Its entire fleet consists of Swedish built Saab 340 turboprop aircraft seating 33, 34 or 36 passengers.

When the Regional Express livery was first introduced, the logos of the former operators Kendell and Hazelton were located underneath the leading passenger window to the rear of the main entrance door (one aircraft, 340BPlus VH-EKH, displayed these logos with the motto “Our heart is in the country” until it was repainted in June 2010). Regional Express rotates all of its aircraft between Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The delivery of 25 ex-American Eagle Airlines Saab 340B Plus aircraft (to be leased) over 3 years starting in mid-2007 will enable the expansion of services and the phase-out of the Saab 340As, and some older B models. The 340B Plus has a quieter and more comfortable interior, with the usual leather seating that is typical to the Saab 340. As of December 2009 22 of the 25 aircraft have been delivered. As of May 2013, 46 Saab 340 aircraft are in the Rex fleet. In July 2008 the company announced that all of its 340As would be phased out. A Saab 340B was withdrawn from service to be used as a source of spare parts which was later restored and put on display at Wagga Wagga airport. The first of the 340A freighter conversions was sold to Solinair in July 2008. Two more 340As were converted to freighters and transferred to sister company Pel-Air in the second half of 2008, and three examples were sold to overseas airlines in January 2009 and April 2009. The 3rd freighter conversion, VH-KDK for Pel-Air was completed on 22 April 2009 leaving one 340A in limited service. In early 2010 REX leased two aircraft to SGA Airlines in Thailand and phased out the last Saab 340A on 27 September 2010 to Pel-Air and is used for charters out of Brisbane.

Regional Express operates one of the world’s largest fleet of twin turboprop engined Saab 340 passenger aircraft of all versions.

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