View Full Version : REX The Big Spending Spree...

Crown Lager
30th Aug 2005, 06:25
From my good friends......here is the scoop !

Regional Express (Rex), Australia’s largest independent regional airline and Pel-Air Aviation Pty Limited, one of Australia’s largest regional freight and charter operators, today announced an agreement for Rex to invest in Pel-Air. Rex’s investment will involve a 50 percent stake in Pel–Air.

Announcing the move, Rex Managing Director, Geoff Breust, said that after examining a range of potential expansion and aviation investment possibilities, Rex believed there were substantial benefits and synergies in coming to an arrangement with the specialist cargo and charter service provider.

Pel-Air operates a fleet of eleven turbo – prop and twelve jet aircraft in cargo, special mission and passenger charter services throughout Australia and overseas. Its regular cargo services extend from northern Queensland through to Melbourne and Adelaide as well as between Darwin and Melbourne via Alice Springs. It provides specialist medivac operations in conjunction with Careflight International.and also provides special strike and target towing activities under contract to the Australian Defence Force.

“Our investment in Pel-Air is designed to provide strategic benefits in terms of market diversity and growth, synergies to reduce cost and provide broader coverage. There are potential cost savings in aircraft utilisation, maintenance and the sharing of facilities and resources. Pel-Air will continue as an entity in its own right,” Mr Breust said.

Mr Russell Hodge, a director of Pel-Air, who will be appointed to the Rex Board, said that the arrangement with Rex would bring great benefits for both Companies.

“Pel-Air is a well respected and successful operator in the two tonne segment of the air freight market and provides quality charter services for a variety of customers. Our activities complement those of Rex’s regional airline services making the arrangement an excellent fit. The investment by Rex will be positive for Pel-Air’s customers and staff,” Mr Hodge said.

The agreement between the Companies is subject to certain conditions being met including the successful listing of Rex later this year.

30th Aug 2005, 09:52
Metros:yuk: :yuk: :yuk: :yuk: :yuk: :yuk: :yuk: :yuk: :yuk: :yuk:

30th Aug 2005, 09:55
maybe perhaps the last of the rex metros will go to pel and then be replaced by the westwinds he he he

30th Aug 2005, 21:11
I hear that Pel Air will be kept at arms length for the mean time. The only changes will be high level!!!:cool:

31st Aug 2005, 00:47
What @FL150?

Now thats not high:}

31st Aug 2005, 05:00
Thats super great news, glad someone like rex out there is helping Australian Aviation move forward. And make the industry a better place to work in.

Its good news for the new up and coming punters to have something decent to look up on as a goal to further enhance your prospets of moving to the jet age of employment.

Lets support the smaller operators so we can have a future for the new punters.

Thumbs up all around !

*** Aviation in itself is not inherently Dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly Unforgiving of any Carelessness, Incapacity or Neglect.........

Enema Bandit's Dad
31st Aug 2005, 05:11
What's going to happen about seniority? Will both companies be kept seperate?

Triple 7
31st Aug 2005, 05:29
When they do float a IPO on the ASX listing, i think it will be a good investment to accuire some shares just to say you own a or some aviation company shares.

And that little saab flying down below us is part of my portfolio as well.

Keep up the good work, as we will bring more dollars down there to help you all do even better down the long track.

And pehaps small regional jets in the next few years to come.

Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man.......Landing is the FIRST !

31st Aug 2005, 09:44
Enema Bandit's Dad

There is more to life than seniority.

The purchase is not a take over but a purchase of part of the company. 50% gives equal stake - the operations will be separate for a while yet....:ok:

31st Aug 2005, 13:24
I predicted REX would purchase/merge with Pelair 12 months ago, an interesting situation with Pelair having an International Airline Licence.

Lets see if my next predictions come true.

Brisbane base to be formed with Qld regional runs

Rex to buy EMB 145, also later EMB 170's

Still later linking the capital cities Syd, Bne, Mel, Adl with EMB 190's

Then 737's on the trunk routes as a major domestic player

Later regional intl ops, NZ, pacific, asia

All this over around 7-10 yrs

31st Aug 2005, 14:28
Bank Angle, just wondering what a Metro ever did to you. Don't seem to like them much...? :}

If this development means more jobs without even sh!ttier conditions, then good is what I say... about time something decent happened in Aus aviation... these days it all seems to be doom and gloom.... ;)

31st Aug 2005, 14:36
In my day, a bloke would give his left testical to fly a Queenair.
Now your into turbines. O wow.
Aus is stuffed
Go overseas.

Howard Hughes
1st Sep 2005, 00:22
Those are mighty BIG predictions Mr Catering, but then again Impulse/Jetstar/Jetstar Asia did it! So why not REX?

It does however seem to require the backing of a wealthy benefactor, hmmm, looks like they've got that base covered too!!;)

But please Rex management, don't follow the paying for endorsements trend...

Cheers, HH.


1st Sep 2005, 05:55
For an airline that in 3 years has achieved-

- A fleet of 30 aircraft and more than 600 core staff including employment for 220 pilots
- More than a million passengers carried last financial year
on over a 1000 flights a week in four states, with arguably the best OTP figures.
- Profit last year of $9 million on revenues of $130 million
- Partial sharemarket float before the end of 2005
- $500,000 dollar fund for drought assistance in affected rural areas.
- NO UPFRONT ENDORSEMENT charge for new pilots, safety culture and operating procedures similar to Ansett and training being kept in house, as it should!
- 50% purchase of one of Australia's biggest regional freight and charter operations in Pel-Air. Although operating separately it is expected that REX and Pel-Air will share come facilities as well as skill sets such as engineering.

The potential that REX has is infinite!
Smart management practices and great staff have seen this airline rise from the Ansett ashes and now at full gallop a dark horse that is taking many by surprise!

The next couple of years will be very exciting for this company, keep up the good work!

2nd Sep 2005, 04:33
Perhaps if REX did not buy a share into pel- air, then BIG geoff Dixon from QF would have put his bid in.

QF group wants to dominate the sky......Dixon is always on the look out for deals to build up the books.

Freight is a sure way to make a profit, it yields are way better than getting punters in the door.

Smart, but you got to know how young dixy works.

compressor stall
2nd Sep 2005, 05:45
This is good news. Now who was it again who said that REX had 6 months to live at the most....:confused:


5th Sep 2005, 20:26
I Think it is great to see the 'Little Guy' moving forward at a gallop, as it has been put, to secure the future for their staff and now the staff of Pel Air.:cool:

23 Metros In a Row
5th Sep 2005, 23:33

Not sure what you have been smoking, but trust me buying half of Pelair would not build Dicko's books.

And sure as God made little apples Dicko would hardly even waste his energy thinking how to spell Pelair


Night Watch
6th Sep 2005, 06:24
23 Metros In a Row

Thats Pel Air..... two words. Just in-case you happen to talk to Mr Dixon, and he requires the correct spelling. ;)

compressor stall
6th Sep 2005, 06:52
"Congratulations Homer, you are winner by default."

"Default?....The two sweetest words in the English language!"

6th Sep 2005, 22:33
Speaking of Rex spending, travel press is reporting negotiations for the purchase of a further Saab 340 as well as possible multiple Saab 2000 purchase...

7th Sep 2005, 20:20
.................and the rumour mill works over time again.

The article might as well say 'REX ponders SAAB 2000, ATR, Q400, ETC.....':hmm:

Southern Albatross
24th Sep 2005, 02:32
Hi all,

This thread has been a little quiet the last couple of weeks or so.........anyone got any new goss. on what their intentions with Pel-Air are, and the upcoming share float??



Howard Hughes
24th Sep 2005, 09:54
No float information on the ASX website, I suspect it will be some months yet!!

Cheers, HH.


25th Sep 2005, 09:51
Isn't Rex or someone buying into M__air at present.
Thought there was to be an announcement about now.

26th Sep 2005, 03:40
The prospectus has been released, you can find it on www.rex.com.au just under the search bar up top.

Howard Hughes
26th Sep 2005, 11:08
Thanks Spads, I'll go take a look!!


26th Sep 2005, 12:49
Rex considers increasing Cooma flight network
The new operators of the Snowy Mountains Airport will soon hold discussions with Australia's largest independent airline on increasing the Cooma flight network.

Regional Express Airlines earlier this year started daily flights between Sydney and the Snowy Mountains, which have proved successful during the peak ski season.

The airport's general manager, Kevin Blyton, says he will talk to Rex next month concerning the possibility of introducing flights from other regional centres.

"Rex have the licence to operate from Sydney to the Snowy Mountains Airport," he said.

"We're having discussions with them, I think there's a meeting set down for late October.

"We'll discuss plans for the coming 12 months. We are looking at the introduction of services from Brisbane, Newcastle and Wollongong.

"That's what we are working on at the moment for the '06 winter season."

ABC NEWS (http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200509/s1466884.htm)