Australian regional carrier Rex has signed leases for an additional two Boeing 737-800NGs. Rex currently operates seven 737-800NGs and the additional two aircraft will take its 737 fleet to nine, bolstering its domestic network and expansion plans.
Rex anticipates the new additions to be in country by the end of July and mid-September respectively, with the first of the arrivals entering service in mid-August. Rex will begin daily flights between Melbourne and Hobart on 17 August, seven weeks after it began flying between Sydney and Adelaide.
“The arrival of these new aircraft is yet another step in fulfilling our ambition to fly to, and between, every capital city in Australia,” Rex Deputy Chairman John Sharp said. Sharp also revealed Rex may add two more 737-800NGs to its fleet before the end of the current financial year. “We believe it’s best to grow in a measured way, ensuring capacity meets demand. But we also need to be flexible as aviation is a dynamic industry where the only constant is change,” he said. “Rex currently has flights to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra, as well to the Gold Coast and we invite expressions of interest from other cities who want a share of Rex’s trademark reliability and country hospitality at affordable fares.”
Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of 58 Saab 340 and 7 Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to 57 destinations throughout all states in Australia. In addition to the airline Rex, the Rex Group comprises wholly owned subsidiaries Pel-Air Aviation (air freight, aeromedical and charter operator), the Australian Airline Pilot Academy with campuses in Wagga Wagga and Ballarat, and propeller maintenance organisation, Australian Aerospace Propeller Maintenance. Rex is also a 50 percent shareholder of National Jet Express (NJE), a premier Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO), charter and freight operator.