National Jet Express Launches Operations in Queensland

A National Jet Express aircraft receives a water cannon salute at Brisbane.
Photo Credit: Rex Group
Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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National Jet Express (NJE), a subsidiary of the Rex Group, is making bold moves to expand its presence in the charter and mining market in Queensland. The carrier has now launched its inaugural regional flight from Brisbane.

This significant milestone comes after National Jet secured a contract to provide air services for BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), solidifying its position as a key player in the industry.

A promising partnership

Chris Hine, the Managing Director of NJE, expressed his excitement about the collaboration with BMA, stating, “We are thrilled to be working with BMA and providing this essential air service. We are committed to fostering a strong and lasting relationship with them.”

The commencement of operations in Queensland marks a significant milestone for NJE, as it establishes a solid foundation for its expansion plans. The company is now fully operational in the region, starting with its new base in Brisbane.

Next-Generation aircraft

To cater to the demands of its customers, NJE will operate the contract using state-of-the-art Modern Dash 8-Q400NG ‘Next Generation’ aircraft.

As a regional turboprop commuter, the Dash 8-Q400NG is renowned for its speed and fuel efficiency, making it an ideal choice for meeting the needs of the expansive Australian regional market.

Today’s flight marks a beginning, as National Jet plans to introduce another Q400NG aircraft in Queensland starting from August.


Additionally, NJE is exploring further opportunities in the region, considering the introduction of Embraer E190 jets. With a large fleet of E190s on the West Coast, the carrier aims to provide even more options for its clients.

Expanding the network

The addition of Brisbane and Moranbah to NJE’s extensive charter, fly-in fly-out, and freight network brings the total number of destinations served to an impressive 37.

This expansion also complements the Rex Group’s existing passenger services to 24 regional and rural destinations in Queensland. This collaboration effectively positions the Group as a leader in providing comprehensive air services throughout the state.

“NJE is eager to extend the Rex Group’s renowned service reliability and deliver it with the warmth of country hospitality to Queensland,” stated Mr. Hine.


National Jet Express was founded in 1994 and with the introduction of two additional Dash 8-Q400NG aircraft to support the new Queensland base, NJE will operate a fleet of ten Dash 8- Q400s.

This is in addition to its current fleet of six Embraer 190 jets serving clients in the mining and resources across Australia.

Additionally, NJE operates four British Aerospace 146s for night freight between Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast and three De Havilland Dash 8-100 aircraft for FIFO operations in Papua New Guinea and between PNG and Cairns. NJE has been part of the Rex Group since 1 October 2022.

The Rex Group subsidiary has set its sights on expansion in the Queensland charter and mining market. As the company builds strong relationships with key partners, such as BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), it aims to become the go-to choice for air services in the region.

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