Rex signs lease for 2 additional 737-800NG aircraft

A Rex Airlines Boeing 737 climbs after takeoff.
Photo Credit: Rex Airlines

Rex, the Australian airline, has recently made a further strides in expanding its operations. With the signing of leases for two additional Boeing 737-800NGs, Rex aims to bolster its domestic network and support its expansion plans.

The airline currently operates seven 737-800NGs, and these new aircraft will take its Boeing 737 fleet count to nine.

The arrival of the first aircraft is expected in mid-August, while the second is anticipated to be in service by mid-September.

Rex strengthens its route network

In line with its growth strategy, Rex is set to introduce daily flights between Melbourne and Hobart, starting from 17th August. This new route comes seven weeks after the airline commenced its services between Sydney and Adelaide.

Rex Deputy Chairman, the Hon. John Sharp AM, expressed his optimism about the company’s progress, stating, “The arrival of these new aircraft is yet another step in fulfilling our ambition to fly to, and between, every capital city in Australia.”

This expansion is in line with Rex’s plan to further enhance domestic and regional connectivity across the country.

Strategic expansion and flexibility

While the addition of the two aircraft marks a further step for Rex, the airline remains open to further expansion. Mr. Sharp revealed that Rex might introduce two more 737-800NGs to its fleet before the end of the current financial year.


However, he emphasized the importance of measured growth to ensure capacity aligns with demand. The aviation industry is known for its dynamic nature, where adaptability is key. Mr. Sharp acknowledged this, saying:

“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.”

Rex’s aim for further network growth

With its existing flights to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, and the Gold Coast, Rex has gained a reputation for reliability and country hospitality at affordable fares. The airline’s success in these regions hopes it will act as a springboard to sparking interest from other cities across Australia.

In the carrier’s latest statement, Mr Sharp put out the call for expressions of interest from Australian cities “who want a share of Rex’s trademark reliability and country hospitality at affordable fares.”

About Rex Group

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 main airline, 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.

The Group also owns propeller maintenance organisation, Australian Aerospace Propeller Maintenance. Rex is also a 50% shareholder of regional operator National Jet Express (NJE), a premier Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO), charter and freight operator.

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