Unfortunately we have been advised today by RIO TINTO that we were not successful with the RFT to provide ongoing regional jet services for their West Angeles and Barimunya mines.
[FONT='Arial','sans-serif']RIO[/FONT][FONT='Arial','sans-serif'] advise that the jet services have been awarded to Skywest with F 100 aircraft and our services will be phased out over coming months[/FONT]
I for one would be interested to hear from some Skywest drivers about whether SW have the capacity available to do this contract. (15 flights per week) and if it relies on NEW F100 aircraft arriving where are the crews?
Secondly, how is the OEI performance looking out of YANG at 40 degrees?
Sad day for NJS. I knew, when I was at a meeting with PN a few short years ago and he said the 146 was going to be the backbone of the fleet for the next 10 years, that the writing was on the wall. Combine that with the departure of hugh then the for sale sign should have been put out the front. Well done to skywest, a company that 2 years ago really looked as though it was teetering on the brink, but now is a real powerhouse. Excellent effort.
Great effort if they can deliver 20 extra flights plus Fortescue, cancelling RPT runs, Telfer by all reports not happy with OTP. A lot of flying for 5 jets? Can see the incumbant continuing the charter arrangement that is already in place Just what photos has HD got anyhow
NJS also to lose the last remaining 727, contracted with Aae by end of year. Heavylift have purchased one aircraft that has been idle for a few months and will gain the second by years end only to operate them again on the PER-MEL-PER route for Aae, bravo NJS management !!!! also more mines contracts to go in the near future as those 146's have outlasted their usefulness, should have opted for the f100 as we now see