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Old 7th Aug 2019, 13:52
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It will be a tough sell with just a few old Turboprops and some leased E Jets. Bristow may have to give Air North away. There is enough capacity in the marketplace to take over the routes, take on and re train the crews as required.

I wonder if Air North will come with a £17.1m cash gift like Eastern Airways in the UK?

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Old 8th Aug 2019, 03:16
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Maybe the previous owners will come back in?
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Old 8th Aug 2019, 03:25
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Maybe Cobham will put a bid in
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Old 8th Aug 2019, 15:34
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Bristow should sell bottled water.
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Old 10th Aug 2019, 08:21
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Originally Posted by tio540 View Post
Bristow should sell bottled water.
And qualify for a $10m NT Gov subsidy, wind up the water company within 18 months with absolutely no accountability or recourse.
Great business plan! Itís a wonder nobody has thought of it before. 😉
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Old 10th Aug 2019, 12:44
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Originally Posted by F.Nose View Post


And qualify for a $10m NT Gov subsidy, wind up the water company within 18 months with absolutely no accountability or recourse.
Great business plan! Itís a wonder nobody has thought of it before. 😉
Then get $400 million for a ship lift....

Gotta love the N.T. Labor government.
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 11:57
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Looks like Rex is not interested in buying Air North.

"Mr Sharp said part of Rex's reasoning for knocking back a bid for Airnorth was due to its "culture". "
"When you buy a business you also inherit its culture and its practices ... and sometimes its actually easier to start from the ground up," Mr Sharp said.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-...outes/11406282
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 15:29
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Amen, Smiling Monkey... blind Freddy could have told anyone that and it's great that it's finally out in the open.
It wasn't only the Bristow "Fixed Wing" Manager's ineptiude but alot of the office management @ ScareNorth that required "Don't Come Monday" letters!
Sadly, a once great Regional operator is on it's knees and in question.

Nice quick move by Babcock with a couple of fresh looking "whirly-birds" in Karratha, after Bristow packed up two of it's Pumas. What happened there?
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 03:29
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The CP probably cannot believe his luck.
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 04:54
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Mr Sharp said part of Rex's reasoning for knocking back a bid for Airnorth was due to its "culture".
That canít bode well for any aviation company for sale right now then, canít think of a single one with a good culture.
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 23:13
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Originally Posted by gordonfvckingramsay View Post


That canít bode well for any aviation company for sale right now then, canít think of a single one with a good culture.
I can't see where they said it was a bad culture...
When a company hires an individual they will look whether the person will fit into and thrive in that companies' culture. Same could be said of acquiring an entire company.
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 23:53
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You are correct, I made an assumption. I doubt there are many companies who would pass up an opportunity to acquire another company with a good culture though. As for whether it fit with your existing culture, it hasnít stopped many corporate takeovers before.
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Old 16th Aug 2019, 08:16
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Why bother buying an operation when you can wait for it to collapse and step in and do it on your own anyway without paying a premium? Rex doesn't want to deal with E-Jets, but they sense opportunity in the EMB-120 ops, albeit opportunity that they would use Saab 340s on.
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Old 16th Aug 2019, 08:33
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Saab 340s in the NT. Complete disaster.
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Old 16th Aug 2019, 09:53
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Saab 340s in the NT. Complete disaster.
Why would that be the case?
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Old 16th Aug 2019, 10:56
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Agree they operate them to hot locations in WA and other states so canít see why NT would be an issue
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Old 17th Aug 2019, 08:09
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When the competition is running air conditioned Brasilias, it doesnít take long for word to spread around the communities.

The only way a Saab will be successful in the NT is if the incumbent stops flying.

Ask Vincent how their Saab operation went in the NT. It sank them. Along with 1900s competing with metros.
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Old 17th Aug 2019, 09:38
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Unfortunately I think it will take more than air conditioned sh1tboxes to save Air North.

The vultures are circling, I would get out whilst the going is good.....
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Old 17th Aug 2019, 09:42
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Unfortunately I think it will take more than air conditioned sh1tboxes to save Air North.

The vultures are circling, I would get out whilst the going is good.....
Well the competition could run the turboprop services at a loss to starve out the incumbent before taking over. Theyíve got a pretty big network to spread the losses over.

Airnorth do have jets though so they may give away the feeder operation and focus on the bigger stuff.

Interesting times either way.
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Old 17th Aug 2019, 11:20
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Rex vs Vincent is not a realistic comparison.

Yes they both run/ran Saabs, but Rex invest a reasonable amount of money in ground equipment for their RPT network. Every port in North Queensland has ground power and air conditioning units. From personal experience it keeps the cabin cool and the passengers happy. I actually found the A/C in the Saab better than the Dash 8 on account of the two A/C packs once the engines where running. Not sure what the Bras has.

I donít think Rex will build a network specifically to take down another competitor. Theyíve never done this anywhere else on their network. If the NT government and the various communities are open to Rex starting service (reasonable access charges, etc), then Iíd put my money on them expanding up there eventually. When Skytrans went under in NQ, some of the councils/communities were openly hostile to Rex flying to their towns. Hence they just walked away and chased work elsewhere in Australia (WA).
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