Avro RJ and BAe 146 jetliners from BAE Systems
are to provide the vital air transport links to service Chevron
Australia operations in the north-west of Western Australia
including the offshore Gorgon project being developed by Chevron.
The multi-billion dollar project to develop offshore gas fields is
due to begin production in 2015.
In a multiple contract signing ceremony in
Perth, Cobham Aviation Services Australia inked a A$170 million
six-year contract with Chevron Australia to provide a regular
shuttle service between Perth and Barrow Island to transport oil
exploration workers to the massive project.
agreements were signed between BAE Systems Regional Aircraft and
Cobham to lease two Avro RJ100s for this operation. In addition, a
long-term lease extension was signed on a BAe 146-300 which is
already operated by Cobham on the route.
The first of the
two RJ100s will be delivered to Cobham in early 2010 and will be
configured in a 99-seat layout, introducing new levels of comfort
and amenity, as well as ample baggage space, to cater to the needs
of passengers travelling to and from Barrow Island. The second
RJ100 is due in 2011. Eventually Cobham will dedicate a fleet of
five jets to the contract – two RJ100s and three BAe 146s.
These significant contracts, underscore the importance played by
the BAe 146 and now Avro RJ family in servicing Australia’s huge
mining and resource sector. Day-in, day-out, for the past 18
years, BAe 146s operated by Cobham have been flown on demanding
schedules, in the searing heat of Western and Southern Australia
to provide the reliable transport links into remote airfields to
keep exploration and extraction activities running smoothly.
Peter Nottage, Chief Executive Officer of Cobham Aviation
Services Australia said, “With their low operating costs our
fleet of BAe 146s have proved their value and versatility. The
newer Avro RJ100s represent a technology upgrade for Cobham. We
believe this aircraft will prove a winner for our clients and for
the passengers who will come to rely on it and it will be just as
successful as the BAe 146.”
Stewart Cordner, Vice
President of BAE Systems Asset Management added, “Since our first
aircraft deal with Cobham in the early 1990s, we have over the
years enjoyed a strong business relationship and have secured
scores of leases, lease extensions and aircraft sales. In the
process Cobham has grown to become one of the most experienced BAe
146/Avro RJ operators in the world. Their attention to customer
service for the most demanding of clients makes them a fantastic
ambassador for our aircraft.”
Cobham Aviation Services Australia has become
one of the largest air transport providers in Australia servicing
the mining and resources sector. Cobham operates more than 7,500 flights annually in Australia and
Papua New Guinea, carrying some 130,000 passengers a year.
In addition to Chevron, Cobham’s resource sector clients include
Rio Tinto, Leighton Holdings and Australian petroleum group
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