Cobham ends Cocos and Christmas Islands service (again)

Cobham BAe 146-100 VH-NJR

BAe 146-100 VH-NJR flew the last Cocos and Christmas Islands service
(Carsten Bauer)

Cobham Aviation Services operated its last service to Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands on 31 March, passing the torch to Virgin Blue, who will use an Embraer 190. Cobham had been due to fly its last service on the route a year ago, on 28 March 2009, after which it was to have been taken over by SkyAirWorld. When SkyAirWorld suspended operations, however, the government asked Cobham to continue operating the route until a new tender could be made. Cobham did not bid on the contract in either tender, prefering to focus its efforts elsewhere. Cobham had usually used Avro RJ70 VH-NJT on the route, but as she had gone in for handback maintenance in early March, BAe 146-100 VH-NJR (msn E1152) flew the last service.

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