Australian airline Regional Express (Rex) has signed leases for two additional Boeing 737-800NG aircraft, taking its total 737 fleet to nine.

According to the airline, the new additions will be in the country by the end of July and mid-September respectively, with the first of the two aircraft going into operation by 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, the Hon. John Sharp AM, 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 added.

“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 airlines

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% shareholder of National Jet Express (NJE), a premier Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO), charter and freight operator.

Image: Regional Express

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