Airline Services News

  • Batavia Air (Indonesia) intended to operate daily Perth / Denpasar (Bali) flights from December 2010 with Airbus A320s, subject to Indonesian Government and CASA approval. The flights will depart Perth at around 8am each day, but no info yet on arrival times. On 23 November 2010, the Batavia Air CEO was quoted as saying that he still intends to start services to Perth in December, with a worst-case scenario being around Christmas time. There are four areas which the airline has to resolve with CASA before gaining approval to commence flights.He added that once CASA approval is obtained, the route may be Denpasar – Dili – Perth. They are also seeking approval to serve Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
  • Cathay Pacific increased its Hong Kong – Perth flights from 7 per week to 10 weekly from 28 November 2010. See schedule and fleet list in our Foreign Airlines list.
  • Jetstar – additional daily domestic flights to Perth using A320s:
    • From 10 December 2010: Brisbane-Perth
      • JQ980 – BNE 2015 PER 2355
      • JQ981 – PER 0035 BNE 0700
  • Royal Brunei is now using Boeing 777-200ERs (all former Singapore Airlines aircraft) between Perth and Brunei (Bandar Seri Bagawan) (as from 30 November 2010). These replace Airbus A319s and A320s on the route, with frequency reduced to 3 flights per week. See schedule and fleet list in our Foreign Airlines list.
  • Skywest Airlines‘ Airbus A320-231 VH-FNP (cn 429) was delivered to Perth on Sat 23 October 2010, landing at 15:48 local time. The aircraft is configured with 180 seats and is to be operated mainly on resources contracts including Perth / Cloud Break for Fortescue Metals Group and as a supplemental aircraft on the Perth / Karratha route, operating for Citic Pacific Mining.
  • Sriwijaya Air (Indonesia) is also planning to start services between Perth and Jakarta, using Boeing 737-800s that it is reportedly about to order.
  • V Australia – Not a WA visitor, but an overflyer: V Australia will eventually be flying double-daily services between Abu Dhabi and Sydney, daily Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights and six services per week between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane. Initially and subject to ACCC approval they will operate three Sydney-Abu Dhabi services per week from Feb 2011 and three Brisbane-Abu Dhabi services per week from Feb 2012, using Boeing 777-300ER.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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