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The Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) is an organisation representing the interests of regional aviation in Australia.
Aviation, or air transport, refers to the activities surrounding mechanical flight and the aircraft industry. Aircraft includes fixed-wing and rotary-wing types, morphable wings, wing-less lifting bodies, as well as lighter-than-air craft such as balloons and airships.
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 26 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.
It was formed in 1980 as the Regional Airline Association of Australia and amended its name in 2001 when its charter was widened to include "aerial work operators" as well as regional airlines and air charter companies "and the businesses that support them".
A charter is the grant of authority or rights, stating that the granter formally recognizes the prerogative of the recipient to exercise the rights specified. It is implicit that the granter retains superiority, and that the recipient admits a limited status within the relationship, and it is within that sense that charters were historically granted, and it is that sense which is retained in modern usage of the term.
Regional airlines are airlines that operate regional aircraft to provide passenger air service to communities without sufficient demand to attract mainline service. There are two main ways for a regional airline to do business:
Air charter is the business of renting an entire aircraft as opposed to individual aircraft seats.
Its stated aim is "to promote the maintenance of a viable regional aviation industry".
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Alliance Airlines is an aviation services company based in Brisbane, Queensland with operational bases in Adelaide, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth, Townsville and Darwin. The Company owns and operates a fleet of Fokker aircraft including Fokker 50 turboprops and Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 jet aircraft. Alliance operates fly-in fly-out (FIFO) air charter services for the Australian mining and resources industry across Australia, as well as private aircraft charters throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and South East Asia. Alliance also provides aircraft component sales and leasing worldwide.
Capiteq Pty Limited, trading as Airnorth, is a regional airline based at Darwin International Airport in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. It operates scheduled and charter services in the Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, and East Timor.
Cobham Aviation Services Australia, is a scheduled and charter airline and aviation services provider with its headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia.
Skippers Aviation is a small regional airline based at Perth Airport It is a charter company specialising in fly-in fly-out crew changes, executive charters and general flying for the mining industry in Western Australia, as well as some scheduled RPT flights. Its main base is Perth Airport.
Skytrans Airlines is a Queensland owned and operated airline and air charter business based in Cairns. The airline operates RPT and charter services from Cairns, Horn Island and Brisbane. After being placed in administration in January 2015, Skytrans returned to the skies on 31 March 2015.
Braathens Regional Airways AB is a Norwegian-owned Swedish airline with its head office in Trollhättan. It operates ACMI services between several domestic destinations within Sweden for its sister company and virtual airline BRA Braathens Regional Airlines and ad hoc charter services.
Braathens Regional Aviation is a Norwegian-owned Swedish airline headquartered in Malmö operating aircraft wet-leasing services together with its sister airline Braathens Regional Airways for BRA Braathens Regional Airlines.
European Aviation Air Charter was an airline based in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. It operated ad hoc charter services, VIP flights, and inclusive-tour and sub-charter flights, as well as ACMI wet leases for other airlines. Its main base was Bournemouth Airport. The company went into administration on Tuesday 2 December 2008.
Bemidji Airlines is an American airline based in Bemidji, Minnesota USA. It operates domestic cargo flights, as well as extensive charter and air taxi services. Its main base is Bemidji Regional Airport, with a hub at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.
Air Link Pty Ltd is an airline and air charter company based in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia. It operates air charter services and will recommence regular passenger services from November 2019. Its main base is Dubbo Airport.
The XL Leisure Group (XLLG) was a major tour operating company in the UK, consisting of charter and scheduled airlines, holiday companies and flight-only tour operators. It also had operations in France, Germany, Ireland, Australia and Cyprus. The group's UK companies were placed into administration on 12 September 2008.
Pel-Air Aviation Pty Ltd is an airline based in Mascot, Sydney, Australia. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Regional Express Holdings, which also owns Australian airlines Regional Express Airlines (Rex).
Mount Gambier Airport is an airport in the Limestone Coast, South Australia.
Contour Aviation is a multifaceted aviation services company based in Smyrna, Tennessee, USA. It started operations in 1982 as an on-demand charter service for passengers and freight in the southern United States, as well as a full-service Federal Aviation Administration certificated repair station and a fixed-base operator. Its main base is Smyrna Airport. It currently operates charter flights, and provides aircraft management, sales, government services, and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.
Maximus Air, an Abu Dhabi Aviation Group company was established in 2005 to move outsized cargo. After operating for 5 years in the region, it is now a regional air cargo carrier and cargo aircraft wet lease operator (ACMI), employing more than 200 staff. It operates a fleet of eight all-cargo Antonov An-124-100, Ilyushin IL-76TD and Airbus A300-600RP2F aircraft across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Sharp Airlines is a regional airline founded in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia in 1990. Sharp operates scheduled airline services in the southern states of Australia. Its main bases are Essendon Airport, Adelaide Airport and Launceston Airport. The airline also provides charter operations to regional Victoria and South Australia. The parent company, Sharp Aviation, has its main maintenance base at Launceston Airport.
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines is an Australian regional airline based in Perth, servicing key towns in the state of Western Australia. The airline also flies interstate to destinations such as Adelaide, Darwin, Melbourne and Alice Springs. In April 2013, Skywest was purchased by Virgin Australia Holdings as its new regional offshoot, and renamed Virgin Australia Regional Airlines.
Hinterland Aviation is a regional airline and charter company based at Cairns Airport in Queensland, Australia. The airline operates scheduled flights from Cairns Airport and Townsville Airport.
JETGO Australia was a regional airline and air charter company based at Eagle Farm, Queensland near Brisbane Airport.
Jota Aviation is a specialist charter airline based at London Southend Airport, United Kingdom, and with the related Jota Sport, Jota Design and Jota Historic divisions, forms the Jota Group.