Australia’s National Jet Systems (NJS) is changing its name to Cobham Aviation Services, after its parent company, Cobham PLC. BAe 146-300 VH-NJL (msn E3213) was the first to wear the new titles. She was rolled out at Adelaide on 27 February. The name change becomes official from 1 March. Cobham has recently been awarded extensions on two mining industry contracts. The company has agreed a 4-year contract extension with HWE Mining to provide air services to Yandi and Mining Area C in the Pilbara. The services are currently being operated with a BAe 146-200, but under the extension flights will be upgraded to a series 300. Separately, the company has agreed with Perth-based Minara Resources Ltd to extend its contract to fly personnel to the Murrin Murrin nickel and cobalt mine in Western Australia through 2013, with an option to extend for a further two years. A BAe 146-200 will be used. The two contract extensions are worth A$90 million.
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