Rex takes delivery of 8th Boeing 737-800NG

A Rex Airlines Boeing 737 -800NG on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Rex Airlines

As part of its continuous growth plan, Rex Airlines has welcomed its eighth Boeing 737-800 NG, VH-8KH, to its fleet. The aircraft made its way to Brisbane from Singapore’s Changi Airport after undergoing a scheduled heavy maintenance check and painting.

This new addition will not only reinforce Rex’s existing network but also serve on the airline’s new Melbourne-Hobart route, marking the fourth destination in Tasmania, set to commence on 17 August.

With services already established between Sydney and Adelaide since 29 June, the airline is making significant strides in expanding its domestic reach.

Rex’s Domestic Network

Currently, Rex operates flights to major Australian cities including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, and the Gold Coast on its jet network. However, Hobart is only the seventh city to be added to its domestic network, and the airline has no intentions of stopping there.

Rex’s ambitious goal is to eventually offer flights to, and between, every State capital. The Hon John Sharp AM, deputy chairman of Rex, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “The arrival of our latest 737 means we can continue to strategically grow our domestic network and offer safe and affordable flights to even more Australians.”

Strengthening operations

To keep up with its expansion plans and bolster operational strength, Rex has further news on the aircraft front. A ninth 737 is expected to be delivered in mid-September, and there’s a possibility of acquiring two more 737s in the current financial year.

This proactive approach to fleet enhancement and network expansion is designed to build depth and resilience in the airline’s domestic operations.

As Mr. Sharp emphasized, “With our growing scale, it enhances our competitive ability and allows us to offer the best value-for-money airfares of any airline in Australia.”


The future of Rex Airlines

The recent expansion efforts, including the addition of new aircraft and destinations, highlight Rex’s determination to become a prominent player in the Australian aviation industry.

As the airline gears up to serve more state capitals, it aims to become a preferred choice for domestic travellers seeking a seamless and enjoyable travel experience.

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline operating a fleet of 58 Saab 340 and 8 Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to 57 destinations throughout all states in Australia.

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

In addition to the airline Rex, the Rex Group comprises wholly owned subsidiaries Pel-Air Aviation (air freight, aeromedical and charter operator) and the Australian Airline Pilot Academy with campuses in Wagga Wagga and Ballarat.

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

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