Alliance Airlines

Alliance Airlines Pty Limited is an aviation services company based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia with operational bases in Adelaide, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth, Townsville, Darwin and Rockhampton. Alliance Airlines owns and operates a fleet of Fokker aircraft including Fokker 50 turboprops and Fokker 70 and 100 jet aircraft. Alliance operates fly-in fly-out (FIFO) air charter services for the Australian mining and resources industry, 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.[2]

Alliance Airlines
Alliance Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded5 April 2002
Operating bases
Fleet size48
Parent companyAlliance Aviation Services Limited
HeadquartersBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
Key people
  • Steve Padgett (Non Executive Chairman)
  • Scott McMillan (Managing Director)


Alliance Airlines was established in 2002 when Brisbane based Queensland Airline Holdings acquired the assets of the dormant Flight West Airlines,[3] which had been established in May 1987 and ceased scheduled services in 2001. Alliance commenced operations with two Fokker 100 aircraft[4] and has since expanded its fleet and operational capabilities to service the growing demand from the mining and energy sector. It is a subsidiary of Alliance Aviation Services that was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2011 and now has over 590 employees.[5] In November 2015, Alliance announced the purchase of 6 Fokker 70 and 15 Fokker 100 aircraft from Austrian Airlines.[6] In November 2018, Alliance was awarded CAPA Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year.[7]

In February 2019, Qantas acquired a 19.9% shareholding.[8][9]

In August 2020, Alliance announced a deal to purchase 14 Embraer E190 jets adding to their current fleet and then in December 2020 ordered a further 16 more Embraer E190 jets bringing their total to 30. The first E190, named "Brazillian Lady" was received by the airline on Thursday, 29 October 2020 at Brisbane Airport and is expected to enter service in February 2021.

Safety standardsEdit

Alliance was recognised as the first aircraft operator in Australia to attain Flight Safety Foundation Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) Gold Status in 2013[10] and in 2016, was recognised as the first regional aircraft operator in Australia to attain IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification.[11]

Alliance undergoes regular safety and compliance audits including:



Alliance Airlines Fokker 50
Alliance Airlines Fokker 100

Alliance Airlines operates fly-in fly-out air services (FIFO) to over 20 mine sites and[12] services mining projects in Australia including Ballera, Cannington, Cloncurry, Groote Eylandt, Leinster, Mount Keith, Olympic Dam, Phosphate Hill, Telfer, Barimunya, Coondewanna, Newman, Leonora, Century Mine and The Granites.[13]

Aircraft chartersEdit

Alliance Airlines provides aircraft charters throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and South East Asia

Scheduled servicesEdit

From June 2020 Alliance Airlines offers regular passenger transport (RPT) on some Queensland intrastate routes including:

  • Brisbane and Whitsunday Coast[14]
  • Sunshine Coast and Cairns[15]

From 23 October 2020, Alliance Airlines offers flights from Cairns to Canberra via the Sunshine Coast.

From 17 July 2017 Alliance started flying to the following destinations in partnership with Virgin Australia

  • Brisbane and Bundaberg
  • Brisbane and Gladstone
  • Brisbane and Port Macquarie
  • Brisbane and Port Moresby
  • Melbourne and Kununurra

Destinations such as Brisbane to Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Cairns, Port Moresby, Newcastle, Emerald and Alice Springs are in a wet lease agreement with Virgin Australia but have since been suspended due to Virgin Australia's entry into voluntary administration.[16][17]

Wet leaseEdit

Eight Embraer 190s will be wet leased to Qantas from mid 2021 under a 3 year deal to operate the following routes under the QantasLink brand:[18]

  • Adelaide and Alice Springs
  • Adelaide and Canberra
  • Adelaide and Gold Coast
  • Adelaide and Darwin
  • Alice Springs and Darwin
  • Canberra and Darwin


As of January 2021, the Alliance Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[19]

Alliance Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y+ Y Total
Fokker 50 5 50 Used exclusively between Adelaide and Olympic Dam. 1 stored.
Fokker 70 14 1 80 1 stored
Fokker 100 27 100 5 stored
Embraer 190 3[20] 11 10 4 80 94 14 to be delivered from Copa Airlines from late 2020. [21]
8 to be wet leased to Qantaslink mid-2021.
16 11 8 80 99 16 to be delivered from American Airlines from late 2020.[22]
Total 49 28

Former fleetEdit

Alliance has previously operated the following types:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Where We Fly".
  2. ^ McMillan, Scott (12 December 2016). "Alliance executes extension of contract with CITIC Pacific Mining". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  3. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald. "Queensland Premier clears Alliance Airlines, Australia's newest carrier, for take off - Latest Travel News - July 2002 - ASIA Travel". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Alliance Airlines - Our History". Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Alliance Airlines - Our People". Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  6. ^ Schofield, Lee (25 November 2015). "Alliance Aviation creates new business and establishes a European presence" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  7. ^ "JAL, Thai Lion, Saudia, flyadeal scoop 2018 CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence". CAPA - Centre for Aviation.
  8. ^ Debrief Australian Aviation March 2019 page 15
  9. ^ Qantas stake in Alliance Airlines raises concerns Australian Competition & Consumer Commission 1 August 2019
  10. ^ "BARS News - First aircraft operators achieve Gold registration status". Flight Safety. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  11. ^ "IATA - Alliance Airlines Pty Ltd". IATA. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Alliance Airlines - Where We Fly". Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  13. ^ Dyer, Matthew (12 September 2015). "Alliance Aviation signs new 5-year contract" (PDF). Alliance Airlines. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Alliance to fly Brisbane-Whitsundays". Australian Aviation. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Alliance Airlines adds new direct route to Far North". Newsport. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Alliance Airlines adds new routes in Queensland as Virgin prepares to close Brisbane ATR base". Australian Aviation. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  17. ^ Hatch, Patrick (11 June 2020). "Alliance Aviation readies to buy 20 planes to fill Virgin void". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  19. ^ "Alliance Airlines Fleet Details and History".
  20. ^ "Alliance Takes Delivery Of Its First Embraer E190". Simple Flying. 30 October 2020.
  21. ^ "Alliance pounces on planes deal, buying 14 Embraer jets". The Australian. 3 August 2020.
  22. ^ "Alliance scoop up another 16 Embraer E190 jets". Executive Traveller. 18 December 2020.

External linksEdit

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