Australian regional Aerlink leases 2 ATR 72-500s

Render of an Aerlink ATR 72-500 aircraft in flight.
Image Credit: ACIA Aero Leasing

ACIA Aero Leasing, a leading provider of regional aircraft leasing and lease management services, has delivered the first of two ATR 72-500 aircraft to Australian charter operator Aerlink Pty Limited. Aerlink becomes the first Australian customer for the lessor.

The Australian regional airline, known as Hevilift Australia Fixed Wing, took delivery of the first ATR 72-500 in January 2023, with the second aircraft expected to arrive before the end of the first quarter.

“As Australia’s recovery in the air travel industry continues apace, notably in the rapid-growth regional segment where the ATR 72 is the optimal aircraft, it is a pivotal moment for Aerlink to optimize its fleet with the addition of these ATR 72s,” said Elze Le Roux, ACIA Aero Leasing’s SVP, Leasing & Customer Relationships.

“We look forward to building upon this newly established relationship and supporting Aerlink’s continued growth journey under the new brand.”

Regional charter operations

The ATR 72s, painted in the recently re-branded livery, will bolster the operator’s diversified fleet of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.

The regional commuter aircraft will aid Aerlink’s efforts to render turn-key charter services to industry and government for the transportation of personnel and equipment across Australia.

“It’s been great to work with ACIA on this project as we continue to expand our turboprop fleet,” commented an Aerlink spokesperson, elaborating that “the addition of these two aircraft from ACIA will allow us to fulfill a critical contract for one of our customers.”

“We see tremendous opportunities for regional aircraft in the Australasian market,” pointed out Mick Mooney, ACIA Aero Leasing Chief Executive Officer, adding that “we continue to expand into new markets where we see long-term opportunities.”


“We’re excited to be entering the Australian market with such a top-calibre operator as we continue to build out ACIA’s footprint throughout the region,” he concluded.

Australian regional market sector

The Australian regional aviation market is a significant and diverse market that serves the country’s remote and regional areas.

Australia’s vast land area and sparse population create a unique demand for air transport services, with many communities inaccessible by road or rail.

Regional operators play a vital role in connecting these remote areas to major cities and providing essential services such as medical evacuations, fly-in-fly-out mining operations, and tourism.

In recent years, the Australian regional aviation market has faced some challenges, including increased competition from low-cost carriers, rising fuel prices, and infrastructure constraints at some regional airports.

However, the market has also seen some growth opportunities, such as increased demand for fly-in-fly-out operations in the mining and resources sectors, and the development of new tourism markets in regional areas.

Aerlink, formerly commercially known as Hevilift Australia Fixed Wing, is a leading Fixed Wing Aviation Services company providing turnkey charter solutions for the transportation of Personnel & Equipment, SAR, EMS, Construction, Survey, Cargo operations.

Aerlink has an advanced and diverse fleet of aircraft backed by a highly experienced team of management professionals, flight crew, maintenance personnel and support staff who bring knowledge from their extensive careers across a wide range of industries

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