The Australian federal government has awarded SkyAirWorld the contract to operate the twice weekly passenger service from Perth to Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, replacing National Jet Systems (NJS). NJS had used Avro RJ70 VH-NJT (msn E1228) on the route, but its range required a fuel stop at Learmonth in Western Australia. SkyAirWorld plans to use an Embraer 190 on the route, which it will take over in April. NJS did not bid on the tender for the new contract. “Following a thorough assessment and analysis of the proposed contract, we determined that it did not satisfy our business model,” chief executive Peter Nottage said.