Cobham Aviation Services has delivered new cost efficiencies which have contributed to the company winning several major new contracts to provide fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) services to new and existing clients.
Cobham's President, Peter Nottage said the new contracts
demonstrated opportunities that exist in the closed charter
aviation market for innovation, safety and a compelling value
"We have worked hard to ensure our customers realise the value
in changing from traditional turbo-prop aircraft to faster more
efficient jet aircraft - the only aircraft capable of operating on
remote, gravel runways," Mr Nottage said.
"Our sustained success in the regional FIFO market is due to our
focus on unique ways to deliver value for our clients, consistent
and reliable customer service and strong relationships."
Mr Nottage said Cobham Aviation Services has worked hard to
provide safe, cost effective, flexible and innovative services
supporting top tier resource companies that operate in regional and
remote areas across Australia.
An agreement to fly in and out of Meekatharra for Metals X, in
support of its Central Murchison Gold Project, is a new contract
for three years.
"We offer Metals X great flexibility with aircraft, starting
with an 81-seat aircraft then progressing to a 99 seat aircraft as
their project progresses."
The new Northern Star Resources contract will see mine site
workers flown in and out of Jundee, in the goldfields region and
the Plutonic mine, east of Meekatharra.
These sites have gravel runways and Cobham is introducing its
second 82 seat RJ-85 jet, equipped with the unique gravel kit
capability, to provide these services. Cobham is the only aviation
provider in Australia that operates jet aircraft to gravel
A third contract with long-term client Minara Resources will see
the five-year extension of Cobham Aviation Services flights in and
out of Murrin Murrin, in the north eastern goldfields.
Mr Nottage said Minara Resources was a long term client
upgrading to a larger jet aircraft which will result in an
increased number of personnel being able to travel to and from
"We're proud to have supported Minara for the past 15 years and
delighted to continue supporting them into the future."
Manager Corporate Communications
Cobham Aviation Services
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About Cobham Regional Services
Taking you places others can't.
We deliver customised commercial aviation solutions in Australia
and Papua New Guinea with a focus on specialist support for
resource sector projects and high capacity freight services.
Our niche positions and ongoing innovation in freight, jet
aircraft flights to gravel runways, and next-generation passenger
aircraft in closed charter markets, enable us to deliver compelling
value to our customers.
About Cobham Group
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We protect lives and livelihoods with our differentiated
technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight into
customer needs and agility. Our innovative range of technologies
and services solve challenging problems in harsh environments
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the depths of the ocean, specialising in meeting the growing demand
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We employ more than 12,000 people on five continents, and have
customers and partners in over 100 countries, with market leading
positions in: wireless, audio, video and data communications,
including satellite communications; defence electronics; air-to-air
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