Cobham Aviation adds another Avro RJ100

Cobham Avro RJ100 VH-NJI

Cobham’s new Avro RJ100, VH-NJI (Nigel Daw)

Australia’s Cobham Aviation Services has added another Avro RJ100 to its fleet. The airline did not have to look far to find it: VH-NJI (msn E3265) is one of two former Riau Airlines RJ100s that Cobham had been storing at Adelaide on BAE Systems’ (and then Falko’s) behalf since the Indonesian airline’s demise in 2010. She was rolled out in Cobham colors in late May, and then ferried to Perth on 4 June, entering service with a flight to Coondewanna on 12 June. The airline also announced its intention to acquire a further RJ100, to enter service later this year. The company needs additional capacity for its thriving fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) work for the mining industry. At the end of May, Cobham signed an extended contract with energy company Santos to provide eight weekly return services to Moomba and Ballera, which serve the Cooper Basin oil and gas fields. The airline will base an RJ100 at Adelaide to operate these flights. Cobham first started flying for Santos in 1990, when it was still known as National Jet Systems; the new contract extends the arrangement to 2018. Cobham also signed a contract extension with Minara Resources, under which it operates BAe 146-200 from Perth to the Murrin Murrin nickel mine. The service, which was begun in 2001, will now continue through the end of 2015. Cobham’s other mining clients include BHP Billiton, Chevron, and Rio Tinto.

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