National Jet Systems (NJS), one of Australia’s largest
providers of contracted air transport services, has purchased two BAe
146-200s from BAE Systems Regional Aircraft.
Both of the two Series 200 aircraft, (msn E2097
and E2107), have been on lease to NJS for a number of years.
Although the carrier had the option to return the aircraft at the
end of the current lease period, it has elected to keep both
aircraft to continue servicing its valuable ‘fly-in, fly-out’
(FIFO) contracts on behalf of Australian mining companies.
The global recession has inevitably affected the
mining sector and companies that have a regular requirement to
transport workers to and from the mining fields need to have great
flexibility and to ensure that costs are kept to a minimum. NJS
has exploited the cost-effective BAe 146 to good advantage in this
The BAe 146 has been the aircraft of choice for
many of these FIFO contracts and NJS uses most of its fleet of BAe
146s on behalf of resource companies in Western Australia and
National Jet Systems is part of Cobham Flight
Operations and Services Australia, operating a combined fleet of
37 jet and turboprop aircraft from 36 – 115 seats on long-term
contract across Australia’s outback, capital cities and Papua New
Guinea. Of this fleet, 13 are BAe 146s across all three variants
and one Avro RJ70. Nine of this fleet are leased from Regional
Ten of the BAe 146s are based in Western
Australia and form part of a flexible pool used by NJS to cover
major mining companies’ air transport requirements. Aircraft may
be committed to a single client, or may form part of a flexible
capacity arrangement that allows NJS to meet mining company
demands for capacity increases and decreases and provide back-up
aircraft to maximise service delivery.
The other three BAe 146s are QT freighters that
NJS flies on behalf of Australian air Express on the eastern
seaboard. The quietness of the BAe 146 makes it the only
jet freighter allowed to use Sydney during curfew hours.
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