The Australian Federal Government has renewed National Jet Systems’ (NJS) contract to serve the Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas Islands for three years. The new contract became effective on 1 April. NJS will use its Avro RJ70 to operate the twice weekly service to the Indian Ocean islands from Perth. NJS has been operating the 2,800 km route under contract for some time. Although the Islanders had complained about the limited capacity offered by the RJ70, the primary constraint is not the aircraft type but the limited flight frequency — and even that wouldn’t happen without a substantial government subsidy.