Southern Australia

Turmoil at Southern Australia

Australian BAe 146 operator Southern Australia has been thrown in turmoil by a proposed re-organization of Qantas’ regional subsidiaries, which operate as QantasLink. For some time, Qantas has been thinking of consolidating its five regional airlines into two, one operating jets and one operating turboprops. Most of them operate either […]

Qantas rebrands its regional subsidiaries

Qantas is rebranding its regional subsidiaries, including BAe 146 operators Airlink and Southern Australia. All four subsidiaries, who have hitherto operated under their own names, will henceforth operate under the QantasLink brand. All services will have four-digit Qantas flight numbers, Airlink’s in the QF1800-QF1999 range and Southern’s in the QF2600-QF2899 […]

Southern moves BAe 146 maintenance to Tasmania

Qantas regional subsidiary Southern Australia has moved the maintenance operations for its three BAe 146s from Adelaide to a new hangar at Launceston airport, in Tasmania. National Jet Systems, who undertakes 146 maintenance under contract to Southern, has relocated 15 engineers to Launceston. The new facility will ease maintenance, since […]

Debonair orphans find homes

When Luton-based BAe 146 operator Debonair ceased operations on 30 September 1999, its fleet of two series 100s and ten series 200s was grounded. Although BAe 146s are in considerable demand, the sudden influx of such a large number of aircraft made it difficult to place them. The situation was […]