List of defunct airlines of Australia

This is a list of defunct airlines of Australia.[1]

Airline Image IATA ICAO Callsign Commenced operations Ceased operations Notes
A
Aaron Airlines AB C32 1990 2010 [2]
Aboriginal Air Services PY Air (Aboriginal Air Services) Embraer EMB-110 Vabre.jpg I8 2000 2006
Ad Astral Aviation AT 1986 2016
Adastra Aerial Surveys Lockheed L-414 VH-AGS Adastra SYD 09.04.71 edited-2.jpg 1944 1973 Founded by Frank William Follett. Acquired by East-West Airlines. Operated de Havilland Fox Moth, Lockheed Hudson, de Havilland Dragonfly, Douglas C-47A[3]
Adelaide Airways Adelaide Airways 1935-Short Scion&Monospar.jpg 1935 1957 Formed by the Adelaide Steamship Company. Merged with the Orient Steam Navigation Company and the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand Limited in 1936 to form Australian National Airways (ANA)
Advance Airlines DR 1974 1981
Aerial Services 1971 1973 Operated Aero Commander 560, Aero Commander 680, Cessna 402[4]
Aerial Transport 1919 1919 First registered aerial transport company in Australia[5]
Aerolink Air Services 1999 2010 Operated Embraer Bandierante[6]
Aero-Tropics Air Services HC ATI 1999 2008
Aeropelican Air Services VH-OTP BAe Jetstream 31 Aeropelican (7173187547).jpg OT PEL PELICAN 1971 2013
Air Australia N549CL.jpg VC AGC STRATEGIC 2008 2012 Formed as Strategic Airlines
Air Beef 1949 1962 Formed as a consortium of Australian National Airways and MacRobertson Miller Airlines to transport beef. Operated Bristol Freighter, Lockheed 10, Douglas DC-3[7]
Air Cargo Australia 1989 2003 Overnight freight carrier. To TransAustralian Air. Operated Boeing 727[8]
Air Central Eyre 1987 1990 Commuter carrier. Operated Piper Navajo[9]
Air Charter Australia 1988 2005 Charter carrier. Operated Cessna 402[10]
Air Express 1952 1979 Cargo charter carrier. Operated Bristol Freighter[11]
Air Great Lakes BB 1971 1982 Operated Embraer Bandeirante[12]
Air Hibiscus 1991 1991 Operated Short Skyvan[13]
Air Kangaroo Island UV 1990 1996 Operated DHC-6 Twin Otter, Short 330[14]
Air Ngukurr 1999 2005 Charter flight. Operated Cessna 210, Embraer Bandeirante, Piper Navajo[15]
Air Queensland Air Queensland Fokker F-27-200 Friendship at Cairns Airport.jpg QN AQN BUSHAIR 1981 1988 Absorbed into Australian Airlines
Air Tiwi TL 1996 2001 Operated Short 330[16]
Aircarriers 1947 1947 Made only a single flight to and from Sydney - Singapore with a Handley Page Halifax[17]
Aircrafts Pty 1928 1948 Formed by John Ronald Shafto Adair. Operated Avro Avian, Waco 10, de Havilland DH.60 Moth, de Havilland Hawk Moth[18]
Airlines of Australia Limited 1935 1942? Controlling interest in 1937 by Australian National Airways
Airlines of New South Wales Air New South Wales Fokker F-28-1000 Fellowship at Sydney Airport.jpg WX NEWSOUTH 1959 1993 Absorbed into Ansett
Airlines of Northern Australia Airlines of Northern Australia Fokker F-27-200 Friendship at Tullamarine Airport.jpg BT 1982 1985 Operated Fokker F27, Fokker F28[19]
Airlines of South Australia Airlines of South Australia Douglas DC-3 Finney.jpg GJ ALSA 1960 1986 Subsidiary of Ansett Australia
Airlines of South Australia Airlines of South Australia EMB-120 Brasilia Finney.jpg RT LRT 1987 2006 Independent airline form by a merger of Lincoln Airlines and Augusta Airways
Airlines of Western Australia Airlines of Western Australia Fokker F-28-1000 Fellowship at Alice Springs Airport.jpg MV AWA AIRWA 1981 1984 Operated Fokker F28[20]
AirSwift Aviation 2000 2007 Merged into Skytrans Airlines[21]
Airtex Aviation VH-WGV SA.227DC Metro 23 Airtex Avn SYD 26SEP99 (6788436376).jpg 1982 2010
Albatross Airlines UX 1979 1998 [22]
Amphibious Air Charters 1960 1962 Operated Supermarine Walrus[23]
Anindilyakwa Air 1977 2005 Aborigine owned carrier. Operated Beech Baron, Cessna 210, Cessna 310, Cessna 404, Cessna 441[24]
Ansett Air Freight Ansett Air Freight Boeing 727-200F PER Wheatley.jpg 1989 2000
Ansett Airlines of New South Wales WX NSW NEWSOUTH 1968 1981 [25]
Ansett Australia Ansett Airbus A320 Watt.jpg AN AAA ANSETT 1936 2002
Ansett Express WX NSW NEWSOUTH 1959 1993 Operated Aérospatiale N 262, Fokker F28, Fokker 50, DHC-6 Twin Otter[26]
Ansett M.A.L. 1961 1973 Operated Douglas DC-3, Fokker F27, Bristol 170, DHC-4 Caribou, Short Skyvan[27]
Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services 1961 1969 Operated Douglas DC-3[28]
Arcas Airways 1971 1992 Renamed to Air Facilities. Operated Cessna 150, Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Cessna 177, Cessna 210, Cessna 310[29]
Arkaroola ArkaroolaAir.jpg 1968 1973 Renamed to Science Aids. Operated Cessna 206[30]
Arthur Morris Aviation 1961 1970 Renamed to Great Western Airlines[31]
Asian Express Airlines Boeing 727-2J4-Adv(F), DHL (Asian Express Airlines) AN0344743.jpg HJ AXF 1996 2008 Renamed from Premier Airlines in 1996 and rebranded as Tasman Cargo Airlines in 2008
Associated Airlines 1938 2000 Air services on behalf of Consolidated Zinc and Broken Hill Pty Co Ltd. Operated de Havilland Heron, Grumman Gulfstream[32]
Atlass Aviation 2008 2009 Aerial survey. Operated Partenavia P.68[33]
Augusta Airways BH 1983 1998 Acquired Lincoln Airlines and renamed to Airlines of South Australia. Operated Aero Commander 500[34]
Aus-Air Aus-Air Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante (VH-OZG) at Moorabbin Airport.jpg NO AUS AUS-AIR 1956 1999
Australia Asia Airlines Australia Asia Airlines Boeing 747SP Wheatley.jpg IM AAU AUSTASIA 1990 1996 Subsidiary of Qantas
Australian Air Charterers 1956 1982 Renamed to Aus-Air. Operated Piper Navajo, Piper Apache, Piper Twin Comanche, Piper Cherokee Six[35]
Australian airExpress Australian air Express (Express Freighters Australia) Boeing 737-376(SF) DRW Butler.jpg XM XME QANTAS 1992 2013 [36]
Australian Airlines (1986-1993) Australian Airlines Boeing 737-400 PER Wheatley-1.jpg TN AUS AUSTRALINA 1986 1993 Operated A300B4, A320, Boeing 727, Boeing 737-300, BAe Jetstream 31, DHC Dash 8 Douglas DC-9[37]
Australian Airlines Australian Airlines Boeing 767-300ER Monty.jpg AO AUZ AUSTRALIAN 2002 2006 Subsidiary of Qantas
Australian National Airways 1930 1931
Australian National Airways (ANA) StateLibQld 2 151647 Loading cargo in the hold of an Australian Nationa Airways Bristol Freighter, Queensland, December 1952.jpg 1936 1957 Sold to Ansett Airways and they merged to form Ansett-ANA
Australian Regional Airlines of Queensland 1988 1993 Was a subsidiary of Australian Airlines. Operated DHC Dash 8, DHC-6 Twin Otter, Fokker F27[38]
AVDEV Airlines Davey 1979 1985 Established as Advance Airlines of Australia. Operated Embraer Bandeirante, de Havilland Heron, Beech King Air, Aero Commander 690[39]
B
BackpackersXpress 2005 Not launched
Barrack Helicopters 1986 1988 Operated Sikorsky S-61N[40]
Barrier Reef Airways 1947 1954 Integrated in Ansett Flying Boat Services. Operated PBY Catalina, Short Sandringham[41]
Bassair 1974 1980 Operated de Havilland Dove, Embraer Bandeirante, Piper Navajo[42]
BBA Cargo 1972 1976 Established as Brain & Brown Airfreighters in 1949. Operated Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy, Douglas C-47[43]
Big Sky Express VH-TGQ Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III Big Sky Express (9169596061).jpg JT 2004 2006
Bloodstock Air Services 1983 1983 Operated Boeing 727[44]
Brain & Brown Airfreighters BQ 1949 1976 Renamed to BBA Air Cargo and ceased in 1979. Operated AW.660 Argosy, Avro Anson, Douglas C-47[45]
Brindabella Airlines VH-TAI British Aerospace Jetstream 41 Brindabella Airlines (6213672977).jpg FQ BRI BRINDABELLA 1994 2013
British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines Douglas DC-6 VH-BPF (6981022227).jpg 1946 1954 Taken over by Qantas
Bush Pilots Airways QN AQN BUSHAIR 1951 1981 Became BPA then renamed Air Queensland in 1981
Burnett Airways 1971 1976 Operated Trislander, Piper Navajo.[46]
Butler Air Transport Vickers 747 Viscount G-ANYH Butler AT BLA 04.09.56 edited-2.jpg 1934 1959 Absorbed into Ansett as Airlines of New South Wales
C
Carnarvon Air Taxis 1963 1979 Renamed to Skywest Airlines[47]
Central Australian Airways 1970 1976 Operated de Havilland Dove, Beech Baron[48]
Central Highlands Air Transport 1980 2009 Operated Swearingen Merlin II, Piper Saratoga[49]
Charrak Air 1994 1996 Operated Lockheed L-188 Electra[50]
Charter Cruise Air 1983 1994 Renamed to Aircruising Australia. Operated Fokker F27 Friendship[51]
Clubair 1971 1981 Acquired by Wings Australia. Operated GAF Nomad[52]
Coastal Airways 1962 1984 Absorbed into Ansett
Cobden Air Services 2002 2002 Tours and charter carrier. Operated Mitsubishi MU-2[53]
Cockatoo Island Airways 1989 1989 Operated BN Islander[54]
Commodore Airlines 1979 1985 Operated Short 360[55]
Commuter Airlines 1968 1969 Founded by Forrester Stephen Pty & Farmair Pty. Established as Commuter Air Services in 1967[56]
Compass Airlines Compass Airlines Airbus A300B4-605R at Adelaide Airport.jpg YM CYM COMPAIR 1990 1993
Confederate Airways Confederate Airways Piaggio P-166 at Bankstown Airport.jpg 1981 1985 Operated Piaggio P.166[57]
Connair (Australia) CK 1970 1979 Established as Connellan Airways in 1943. Renamed to Northern Airlines. Operated Douglas DC-3[58]
Connellan Airways Connellan Beechcraft D18S VH-CLI CAAM, 2015 (03).JPG CX 1939 1980 Acquired by East-West-Airlines
Coral Sea Airlines 1997 2005 Operated BN Islander[59]
Country Air Services 1958 1983 Renamed to Countryair. Operated BN Islander, Piper Comanche, Piper Navajo, Piper Aztec, Piper Cherokee[60]
Country Connection Airline XL NSW 1991 2001 [61]
Countryair CE 1983 1991 Established as Country Air Services in 1958[62]
Countrywide Airlines CE 1980 1982 Formed by the merger of Business Aviation, Cobden Airways, Sandon Airlines. Operated Piper Navajo, Partenavia P.68[63]
Crane Airlines FD 1987 1990 Established as Waratah Air Services in 1985. Renamed to Sydney Airlines[64]
D
Dakota Airways 1988 1993 Operated Douglas DC-3[65]
Dakota National Air 1992 2002 Operated Douglas DC-3[66]
Davey Air Services 1958 1980 Renamed to Avdev Airlines Davey. Operated de Havilland Heron, Piper Apache, Piper Aztec, Piper Comanche, Cessna 310, Embraer Bandeirante[67]
DC-3 Queensland (Air Rambler) 1988 1991 Operated Douglas C-47[68]
E
East Coast Airlines 1971 1982 Operated Cessna Titan, Embraer Bandeirante[69]
East-West Airlines East-West Fokker F28 PER Wheatley-1.jpg EW EWA EASTWEST 1947 1993 Absorbed into Ansett
Eastland Air DK ELA
Eco Airlines V2 AKT 2004 2005 Privately owned airline[70]
Emu Airways Emu Airways Beech 1900C PER Wheatley.jpg TL 1970 2005
Eyre Commuter 1980 1998 Operated Cessna 402, Piper Seneca[71]
F
FAST (Falcon & Sopac Transport) 1976 1979 Operated BN Islander, Trislander[72]
Flight West Airlines 70cp - Flight West Airlines Fokker 100; VH-FWI@SYD;04.09.1999 (6116239036).jpg YC FWQ UNITY 1987 2001 Sold to Queensland Aviation Holdings
Flinders Island Airlines CK 1952 1990 Established as WT Dwyer Airlines in 1946. Operated Beech D18S, Cessna 205, Piper Comanche, Piper Cherokee[73]
Flinders Island Airways 1932 1933 Merged with Holyman's Airways to form Tasmanian Aerial Services[74]
Fly Corporate FC 2016 2020 Rebranded as Link Airways[75]
Fly Orana 2014 2017 Operated Piper Navajo Chieftain[76]
Forrestair Cargo 1974 1978 Operated Douglas C-47A, GAF Nomad, Short Skyvan[77]
Fortescue Air Charter 1980 1985 Commuter service. Operated Partenavia Victor, Rockwell Shrike Commander[78]
G
Geelong Air Travel FK 1977 1979 Operated Partenavia Victor, Piper Navajo[79]
General Cargo Australia (Cranways) 1980 1983 Operated Douglas C-47A[80]
Gibbes Sepik Airways Noorduyn Norseman aircraft refuelling on the airstrip, possibly at Eagle Farm, 1948 (5575838784).jpg 1948 1960 Absorbed into Mandated Airlines. Operated Junkers Ju 52, Lockheed Lodestar, Noorduyn Norseman[81]
Global Air GAG GLOBAL AIRGROUP 1997 2005
Gold Wings Australia 1983 1985 Operated Douglas C-47A[82]
Golden Eagle Airlines Golden Eagle Airlines Piper Chieftain Halls Creek Airport WA May 2008.JPG
Golden West Airways 1983 1989 Operated Douglas C-47[83]
Goulburn Valley Air Services 1954 1955 Founded by Sir Reginald Barnewall. Renamed to Southern Airlines (Australia). Operated Avro Anson[84]
Great Western Aviation Great Western Aviation Embraer Brasilia PER Wheatley.jpg 1998 2006
Guinea Airways People disembarking from Guinea Airways Ltd plane(GN14413).jpg 1927 1959 Renamed to Airlines of South Australia. Operated de Havilland DH.37, Airco DH.9, Junkers W 34, de Havilland DH.60 Moth, Westland Widgeon, Junkers F 13, de Havilland Fox Moth[85]
H
H.C. Sleigh Airlines 1982 1990 Operated Cessna Titan, GAF Nomad, DHC-6 Twin Otter[86]
Hammond Aerial Transport 1928 1930 Founded by H.T. (Bunny) Hammond. Operated de Havilland DH.60 Moth[87]
Hart Aircraft Service 1929 1938 Sold to Victorian & Interstate Airways
Hazelton Airlines 67cq - Hazelton Airlines Saab 340B; VH-LIH@SYD;15.08.1999 (8354131882).jpg ZL HZL HAZELTON 1953 2001 Acquired by Australiawide Airlines and merged with Kendell Airlines to form Regional Express Airlines
Heneberry Aviation HZ 1975 1985 Scheduled passenger services [88]
Hicks Airlines 1973 1973 Third-level services. Operated Cessna 401[89][90]
Holden's Air Transport Vn3930951HoldenCanberraMoth.jpg 1928 1936 Founded by Les Holden. Operated de Havilland DH.60 Moth, de Havilland Giant Moth, Avro Avian[91][92]
Holyman's Airways 1932 1933 Merged with Flinders Island Airways to form Tasmanian Aerial Services[93]
Holyman's Airways Royal Mail DC-2 "Bungana" VH-USY of Holyman's Airways, ca. 1936 - photographed by Sam Hood (2877021921).jpg 1934 1936 Merged with Adelaide Airways and West Australian Airways to form Australian National Airways[94]
Horizon Airlines Horizon Airlines HS748 Pryde-1.jpg BN HZA HORIZ AIR 1999 2004 Established as International Aviation in 1998. Acquired by Macair Airlines
I
IAF Air Freighters IDP 1998 2002 Established as IPEC in 1976. Operated Boeing 727-200, Fokker F27, McDonnell Douglas DC-9[95]
Illawarra Airways 1961 1967 Operated Cessna 172, Cessna 182, Cherokee Six, Piper Aztec, Aero Commander 100, Mooney M20[96]
Impulse Airlines VH-IMH Beech 1900D Impulse A-l SYD 05JAN99 (6934546235).jpg VQ IPU IMPULSE 1992 2004 Absorbed into QantasLink
Independent Air Freighters Independent Air Freighters Boeing 727 PER Wheatley.jpg IDP 1993 1998 Renamed to IAF Air Freighters
Indian Ocean Airlines CCX 1992 1994 Operated L-188 Electra[97]
IndoJet Asia 2008 2009
Inland Pacific Air 1993 2007 Acquired by Skytrans Airlines. Operated DHC-6 Twin Otter, Swearingen Merlin II[98]
IPEC (Interstate Parcel Express Company) IPEC Air Freight McDonnell Douglas DC-9 PER Wheatley-1.jpg IN IPA 1976 1993 Renamed to Independent Air Freighters
Island Air 1971 1972 Merged into Union Air[99]
Island Airlines DG 1996 1999 [100]
Island Airlines Tasmania 2003 2004 Operated Piper Chieftain[101][102]
Island Airways 1965 1973 Scheduled services. Operated BN-2 Islander[103][104]
J
Jan Beers Aviation 1980 1984 Operated Beech Baron[105][106]
Janami Air 1982 1999 Merged into Aboriginal Air Services. Operated Cessna Grand Caravan[107]
Jet Charter Airlines 1978 1982 Formed by Southbank Aviation, Pilbara Air Services, Australian Jet Charter. Operated Beech Super King Air, Mitsubishi MU-2, Piper Aztec, Piper Chieftain, Swearingen Metroliner, Ted Smith Aerostar[108][109]
Jetair Australia 1969 1970 Operated Vickers Viscount[110]
JetAirlines of Australia 1969 1970 Operated five Douglas DC-3[111]
Jetcraft Air Cargo Jetcraft AirCargo-1+ (2392116684).jpg JCC JETCRAFT 1989 2008 Renamed to Toll Priority. Operated Fairchild Metroliner[112]
JETGO Australia JetGo Australia (VH-JGB) Embraer ERJ-135LR taxiing at Wagga Wagga Airport (1).jpg JG JGO JETGO 2011 2018
K
Kendell Airlines Fairchild SA-227DC Metro 23, Kendell Airlines AN0404519.jpg KD KDA KENDELL 1971 2002 Acquired by Australiawide Airlines and merged with Hazelton Airlines to form Regional Express Airlines
Kingfisher Aviation 1974 1998 Operated Cessna 210, Piper Navajo[113]
L
Lachlan Valley Farm Services 1968 1973 Third-level services in New South Wales. Operated Beech Bonanza, Cessna 172, Piper Cherokee Six[114]
Laurie Potter Airlines 1980s 1980s Operated Piper Navajo[115]
Laynha Air 2004 2018 Operated GippsAero GA8 Airvan, Cessna Stationair[116]
Lincoln Airlines RT LRT 1987 1998 Renamed to Augusta Airways. Operated Embraer Bandeirante[117]
Lindeman Island Aerial Services 1969 1982 Operated Piper Aztec, BN Islander, Rockwell 685[118]
Link Airways JK 1984 1994 Charter carrier[119]
Lip-Air 1997 1999 Renamed to Aero-Tropics Air Services. Operated Aero Commander 500[120]
Lloyd Aviation Lloyd Aviation Nord N-262 Mohawk 298 JP.jpg QUEENSLAND 1969 1990
Lloyd Aviation Jet Charter UD 1969 1990 Merged into Skywest Airlines (Australia). Operated Aérospatiale N 262, Cessna 441, Cessna Citation, Embraer Bandeirante, Fokker F28, Short 330[121]
M
MacAir Airlines Fairchild SA-227DC Metro 23, Macair AN0514447.jpg CC MCK MACAIR 1996 2009
MacArthur Airways 1978 1979 Operated de Havilland Dove[122]
Macknight Airlines MT MTD 1978 1979 Operated Piper Twin Comanche, Piper Cherokee, Piper Seneca, Ted Smith Aerostar, Aero Commander 500[123]
MacRobertson Miller Airlines (MMA) Fokker F.27-200 VH-MMR MMA Essendon 120471 edited-1.jpg MV MILLER 1927 1981 In 1963 became a division of Ansett Transport Industries and was renamed MacRobertson Miller Airline Services. Renamed Airlines of Western Australia in 1981.
Majestic Airways 1994 1995 Operated Mohawk 298[124]
Maroomba Air Services VH-SMT Beech King Air Maroomba Avn PER 29SEP99 (6788436078).jpg 1997 1998 Established as Maroomba Aviation in 1985. Renamed to Maroomba Airlines. Operated Beech Super King Air 200[125]
Marshall Airways Lockheed 10B VH-ASM Marshall Aws Bankstown 4.10.70 edited-2.jpg 1937 1967 Operated Avro Anson, Avro Cadet, Douglas DC-2, de Havilland Puss Moth, de Havilland Dragon, Lockheed 10 Electra, Short Scion[126]
Masling Commuter Air Services EK 1971 1967 Operated Beech Queen Air, Beech Twin Bonanza, Douglas DC-3, Embraer Bandeirante, Cessna 402[127]
McKinlay Air Charter 1992 2000 Renamed to MacAir Airlines in May 1998
Midstate Airlines 1986 1989 Operated Cessna 310, Cessna 340, Piper Navajo[128]
Moree-Narrabri Airways 1992 1993 Operated Cessna 402,[129]
Morlae Airways 1929 1929 Operated Airco DH.9C,[130]
Muir Airlines of NT 1957 1965 Operated Beech Travel Air, de Havilland Dragon, Lockheed 12A[131]
Murchison Air Charter 1965 1973 Operated De Havilland Drover, BN Islander, Piper Super Cub, Piper Apache, Piper Cherokee Six, Piper Comanche[132]
Murray Valley Airlines 1979 1986 Operated Short 360, Piper Chieftain[133]
N
National Jet Systems British Aerospace BAe-146-100, National Jet Systems AN0689619.jpg NC NJS 1990 2009 Renamed to Cobham Aviation Services Australia[134]
Nationwide Air Services 1972 1977 Established as Air Charter Tours Renamed to Southern Cross Airways. Operated Cessna 310, Cessna 401[135][136]
New England Airways 1931 1935 Floated as Airlines of Australia in 1935
New Holland Airways 1948 1948 Founded by G. W. Board and C. R . Hanlon. Charter services. Operated Douglas DC-5[137]
Newcastle Aviation 1994 1995 Acquired by Pel-Air[138]
Ngaanyatjarra Air 1982 1999 Merged into Aboriginal Air Services. Operated Cessna 208 Caravan[139]
Ngurratjuta Air 1987 1999 Merged into Aboriginal Air Services. Operated Cessna 208 Caravan, Cessna 210[140]
Nicholas Air Charter 1962 1963 Amalgamated with SA Air Taxis. Operated Avro Anson, Cessna 180, Cessna 185, Cessna 210, Piper Aztec[141]
Noosa Air Noosa Air De Havilland Canada DHC-6-100 Twin Otter at Sunshine Coast Airport.jpg OF 1975 1983 Established as Whitaker Pty in 1970. Merged into Sunstate Airlines[142]
Nordstress Australia 1993 2011 Operated Boeing 767, Airbus A300[143]
Norfolk Air VH-NLK Boeing 737-33A Norfolk Air (Our Airline) (6213631777).jpg N5 NFK NORFIK AIR 2006 2011
Norfolk Airlines UG NIA 1988 1991 Established as Norfolk Island Airlines[144]
Norfolk Island Airlines UG NIA 1973 1992
Norfolk Island Airlines 2017 2018 Used Nauru Airlines aircraft
Norfolk Jet Express VH-FWI Fokker FK.100 Norfolk Jet (8337763168).jpg YE 1997 2005
North Queensland Airways 1936 1938
Northern Airlines 1979 1981 Established as Connair in 1970[145]
Northern Territory Air Charter 1976 1982 Operated Beech Baron, Piper Cherokee Six[146]
Northwest Skyways 1981 1982 Operated Piper Chieftain[147]
O
O'Connor Airlines O'Connor Airlines J31 Jetstream Finney-2.jpg UQ OCM OCONNOR 1973 2007
Opal Air OB OPA 1963 1986 Operated Cessna 210, Cessna 310, Cessna 402, Cessna 421, Swearingen Merlin[148]
Ord Air Charter RF 1984 1998 Operated Beech Baron, BN-2 Islander[149]
Overland Air Services 1952 1952 Operated Avro Anson, Lockheed Lodestar[150][151]
Oxley Airlines VQ 1974 1994 Founded by Brian Peel. Acquired by Impulse Airlines. Operated Beech King Air, Beech 99, Beech 1900, Embraer Bandeirante, Piper Navajo[152]
OzJet B-737-200 (Ozjet) (5777858344).jpg O7 OZJ AUSJET 2005 2012
P
PACAV - Pacific Aviation Charters PCV Operated Beech 1900[153]
Pacific Aerial Transport 1929 1936 Founded by Ray Parer. Merged with W.R. Carpenter & Co (Aerial Service), to form Mandated Airlines. Operated Gipsy Moth, de Havilland DH.50, Junkers W 33, Fokker F.III[154]
Pacific Air Freighters VH-PAF Douglas C-54E Skymaster Pacific Air Freighters (9171241656).jpg 1993 1996 Operated Douglas C-54 Skymaster[155]
Pacific Rim Airways PAR 1996 1997 Operated Lockheed L-100 Hercules[156]
Pacific Transair 1995 1997 Operated Boeing 737-200[157]
PAGAS YP 1968 1982 Established as Port Augusta Air Services[158]
Paradak 1978 1980 Operated Douglas C-47[159]
Peninsula Air Services 1993 1994 Operated Cessna 401, Cessna 402[160]
Phillip Island Air Services 1968 1998 Regional services. Operated Piper Cherokee[161]
Pilbara Air Services JV 1977 1978 Merged with Southbank Aviation and Australian Jet Charter to form Jet Charter Airlines[162]
Pionair Australia (2000) 2000 2012 Renamed to Skyforce Aviation. Operated Convair 580, Douglas DC-3[163]
Port Augusta Air Services 1967 1968 Renamed to PAGAS[164]
Premiair Aviation 1967 1982 Founded by Don Kendell. Renamed to Kendell Airlines[165]
Premier Airlines 1994 1996 Renamed to Asian Express Airlines. Operated Boeing 727-100 on behalf of DHL Aviation[166]
Promair 1989 1993 Operated Piper Navajo[167]
PY Air PY Air (Aboriginal Air Services) Embraer EMB-110 Vabre.jpg 1982 1999 Merged into Aboriginal Air Services. Operated Embraer Bandeirante[168]
Q
Qantas Empire Airways 1934 1967 Renamed Qantas[169]
Queensland Airlines 1949 1958 Acquired by Ansett. Operated Handley Page Dart Herald, Piaggio P.166[170]
Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services 1921 1934 Operated Avro 504, de Havilland DH.9, de Havilland DH.50[171]
Queensland Pacific Airlines Queensland Pacific Airlines Nord Aviation Mohawk.JPG 1988 1991
Queensland Pacific Airways 1971 1972 Absorbed by Bush Pilots Airways
Queensland Regional Airlines Queensland Regional Airlines De Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 Dash 8 Vabre.jpg Q7 2003 2007
Qwestair 1989 1995 Subsidiary of Pel-Air. Operated Beech Super King Air[172]
R
Rebel Air 1956 1988 Operated Douglas DC-3[173]
Regional Pacific Airlines Vhrpxhangar.jpg QT 2001 2010
RegionalLink Airlines 2004 2006 Formed by the merger of Emu Airways and Airnorth[174]
Robby’s Aircraft Co. 1949 1962 Aerial survey, crop spraying. Operated Auster Autocar[175]
Rockhampton Aerial Service 1934 1935 Operated de Havilland DH.50[176]
Rossair RF 1982 1988 Merged with Airnorth and Tillair to form Air North International[177]
Rossair Charter RFS 1963 2017 [178]
Rottnest Airbus WI 1987 1998 Established as Rottnest Airlines in 1985. Renamed to Maroomba Airlines. Operated BN-2 Islander, Beech Baron, Piper Navajo, Sikorsky S-61[179]
S
SA Air Taxis Piper PA-24-... Comanche, South Australian Air Taxis Limited AN0481425.jpg 1958 1963 Merged with Nicholas Air Charter and Muir Airlines forming SA and Territory Air Services. Operated Auster Autocrat, de Havilland Dragon, de Havilland Dove, Lockheed 12 Electra Junior, Piper Comanche[180]
Sabair ZG 1982 1994 [181]
Sandon Airlines 1978 1980 Merged with Business Aviation and Cobden Airways to form Countrywide Airlines. Operated Piper Aztec, Piper Navajo[182]
Savage Air Services 1987 1987 Operated Beech 18, DHC-2 Beaver, Douglas C-47A[183]
Science Aids 1973 1975 Established as Arkaroola in 1968. Operated Cessna 206[184]
Seaplane Safaris 2004 2006 Merged with Sydney Harbour Seaplanes and Southern Cross Seaplane to form Sydney Seaplane. Operated DHC-2 Beaver, Cessna 185[185]
Seaview Air CD 1992 1994 Operated Aero Commander 690[186]
Seawing Airways 2004 2006 Operated DHC-2 Beaver[187]
Setair 1981 1983 Freight carrier. Operated Douglas DC-3[188]
Shepparton Airlines OB 1987 1999 Founded by John Holmes and Grayson Pogue. Operated Piper Navajo Chieftain[189]
Silver City Air Taxis XQ 1978 1979 Founded by Dick Dennis and Ken Rosen. Operated Cessna 180, Piper Cherokee Six[190]
Singleton Air Services 1980 1988 Founded by Paul Rees. Renamed to Yanda Airlines. Operated Cessna 402[191]
SkyAirWorld SkyAirWorld VH-SZH Embraer EMB 145 jet.jpg S9 SYW SKY AIR 2006 2009
Skyforce Aviation 2012 2015 Established as Pionair Australia (2000) in 2000. Renamed to Pionair Australia. Operated Convair 580, Douglas DC-3[192]
Skylink Australia Skylink Australia Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain PER Wheatley.jpg 1990s 1990s Operated Piper Chieftain
Skymaster Air Services 2007 2010 Operated Piper PA-31P-350 Mojave[193]
Skyport 1975 1993 Integrated into Airnorth[194]
Skytrans Regional Q6 SKP 2007 2015 Peter Collings and Johnathan Thurston re-launched Skytrans[195]
Skywest Airlines Skywest Airlines Fokker F50 Spijkers-1.jpg XR OZW 1980 2013 Established as Carnarvon Air Taxis in 1963. Rebranded as Virgin Australia Regional Airlines[196]
Slingair Heliworks 1984 2013 Renamed to Aviair[197]
Somerset Airways 1950 1963 Taken over by Bush Pilots Airways. Operated Auster J-1N Alpha, Beech Bonanza[198][199]
South Pacific Airmotive 1993 1998 Operated Douglas DC-3[200]
South Pacific Airways SOUTH PACIFIC 1974 1984 Operated Piaggio P.166
Southbank Aviation CE 1977 1999 To Jet Charter Airlines. Operated Beech King Air, Cessna 310, Cessna 402, Cessna Citation[201]
Southern Airlines (Australia) 1955 1958 Established as Goulburn Valley Air Services. Operated Avro Anson, de Havilland Dove, de Havilland Heron[202]
Southern Airways (Australia) 1968 1972 Operated Cessna 402, Piper Navajo[203]
Southern Australia Airlines VH-YAD B.Ae 146-200 Southern Australia A-l MEL 03JAN99 (6050717949).jpg 1992 2002 Established in 1981 as Sunstate Airlines. Merged into Qantas. Operated BAe 146[204]
Southern Cross Airlines 1991 1992 Renamed to Compass Airlines[205]
Southern Cross Airways YK 1978 1982 Established as Air Charter Tours in 1970. Operated Beech Queen Air, Cessna 402[206]
Southern Cross International 1970s 1970 Operated Bristol Britannia[207]
Southern Pacific Regional Airlines 1991 1993 Operated Frakes Mohawk[208]
Southern Sky Airlines 1997 1999 Acquired Albatross Airlines in 1997[209]
Staywood Airlines OW 1986 1987 Operated Piper Navajo[210]
Stephens Aviation 1937 1942 Established as Stephens Aerial Transport in 1936. Operated de Havilland Hercules, de Havilland DH.50, de Havilland Giant Moth[211]
Stillwell Airlines 1937 1942 Established as Civil Flying Services in 1960. Acquired by Skywest Airlines (Australia). Operated Fairchild Metroliner[212][213]
Strategic Airlines Strategic Airlines Airbus A330-200 Prasertwit.jpg STRATEGIC 2009 2011 Trading as Air Australia[214]
Sunbird Airlines (Australia) 1984 1990 Formed by the merger with Thorpe's Transport, Helitrans (Australia) and Outback Air. Operated Cessna 421, Embraer Bandeirante, BN-2 Islander, Cessna 310, Beech 99[215]
Sungold Airlines 1986 1989 Acquired by Queensland Pacific Airlines. Operated BN-2 Islander, Partenavia P.68[216]
Sunshine Express Airlines VH-SEY Swearingen SA227DC Metro 23 Sunshine Express (8337763940).jpg CQ EXL 1998 2006 Ceased all scheduled operations. Charter only.
Survey & Inland Transportation 1939 1943 Founded by Edward Connellan. Renamed Connellan Airways[217]
SWAC (Statewide Air Charter) 1975 1999 Operated Beech Baron, Piper Navajo Chieftain[218]
Sydney Airlines FD 1990 1990 Took over Crane Airlines[219]
Sydney Harbour Seaplanes 1993 2006 Took over Aquatic Air. To Sydney Seaplane. Operated DHC-2 Beaver[220]
T
T.Thomas Air Transport Systems 1979 1982 Operated Piper Navajo Chieftain[221]
Tamair GG TMR 1950 1998 Established as Tamworth Air Taxi Service in 1949. Renamed to Eastern Australia Airlines. Operated Piper Chieftain, Cessna 310, Cessna 152[222]
Tangalooma Airlines 1979 1988 Operated DHC-3 Otter[223]
Tasair VHLTW.JPG TA 1998 2012
Tasfast Air Freight 2004 2006 Operated Aero Commander 690, Piper Navajo Chieftain, Beech 1900[224]
Tasman Airlines 1974 1974 Operated Grumman Goose, Piaggio P.166[225][226]
Tasman Australian Airlines 1998 1999 Established as Kentialink Australia in 1997. Acquired by Fitzroy Aviation[227]
Tasmanian Aerial Services 1933 1933 Formed by the merger of Flinders Island Airways and Holyman's Airways[228]
Tasmanian Airways 1926 1935
Thorpe's Transport YW 1975 1984 Merged with Helitrans (Australia) and Outback Air to form Sunbird Airlines[229]
Tigerair Australia VH-VNR (15346959723).jpg TT TGG TIGOZ 2007 2020 Acquired in stages by Virgin Australia Holdings between 2012 and 2014. Brand retired in 2020.
Tillair 1983 1988 Merged with Airnorth and Tillair to form Air North International[230]
Townsville and Country Airways 1947 1948 Taken over by Australian National Airways. Operated Avro Anson[231]
Trans Australia Airlines TAA 727 Trans Australian (6153751679).jpg TN TAA TRANSAIR 1946 1994 Rebranded as Australian Airlines in 1986. Acquired by Qantas in 1992. Brand retired.
Trans Australian Air Express HW AUC AUSCARGO 2001 2003 Operated Boeing 727[232]
Trans Oceanic Airways 1947 1962 Operated Short Sunderland, Short Solent[233]
Trans Regional Airlines 1982 1982 Operated Embraer Bandeirante[234]
Trans-West Air Charter 1967 1979 Renamed to Transwest Airlines. Operated BN-2 Islander, Beech King Air, De Havilland DHA-3 Drover, Piper Apache[235][236]
Transair VH-TFG Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III Transair (9171618048).jpg JT 2002 2006
Transtate Airlines 1996 2000 Operated Embraer Bandeirante, DHC-6 Twin Otter[237]
Transwest Airlines 1979 1982 Established as Trans-West Air Charter in 1967. Acquired by Skywest Airlines (Australia). Operated BN-2 Islander, Beech King Air, Beech Baron, Cessnas[238]
Travair 1986 1987 Operated Douglas DC-3[239]
Travmar Aviation 1977 1981 Operated Douglas DC-3[240]
Tropic Air Services EP 1968 1982 [241]
Twinair 1983 1984 Operated Douglas DC-3[242]
U
Union Air UJ 1971 1979 [243]
Uzu Air LF 1994 1999 Regional services based in Cairns. Operated BN-2 Islander, Cessna 206, Cessna 310[244]
V
V Australia VH-VPF Virgin Australia Boeing 777-3ZG LAX NITE (10717081893).jpg VA VAU VEE-OZ 2009 2011 [245]
Victorian & Interstate Airways 1936 1938 Operated de Havilland DH.60 Moth[246][247]
Victorian Air Coach Services 1961 1966 Operated Douglas C-47, Douglas C-49, Douglas C-50[248]
Vincent Aviation Australia Beech 1900D, Vincent Aviation AN1675026.jpg BF VIN 2004 2014
Virgin Blue Boeing 737-33A, Virgin Blue Airlines AN0286737.jpg DJ VOZ 2000 2011 Operated Boeing 737-400, Embraer E170, Embraer E190[249]
W
Wards Express 1966 1996 Operated Fokker F27, Dassault Falcon 20, Learjet 35[250]
Waratah Air Services 1985 1987 Acquired by Crane Airlines[251]
West Australian Airways West Australian Airways 6.jpg 1921 1936 Purchased by Adelaide Airways
Western Air Navigation 1971 1971 Operated Piper Aztec, Cessna 185, Cessna 205, Cessna 210[252]
Western Airlines (Australia) EM 1989 2002 Operated Piper Navajo Chieftain[253]
Western NSW Airlines 1982 1993 Operated Mitsubishi MU-2, Cessna 310[254]
Whitaker Air Charters SE 1989 2006 Operated Beech Baron, DHC-6 Twin Otter, Piper Cherokee Six[255]
Whitaker Pty 1970 1975 Renamed to Noosa Air[256]
Whyalla Airlines WA 1990 2000 Operated Piper Navajo Chieftain[257]
Williams Airlines YI 1990 2000 Operated Cessna Citation II, Piper Navajo Chieftain[258]
Wings Australia 1981 1984 Operated Embraer Bandeirante, Beech Super King Air, Short 330[259]
Woods Airways 1948 1961 Founded by James Wood. Operated Avro Anson[260]
WT Dwyer Airlines 1946 1952 Renamed to Flinders Island Airlines[261]
X
XP Express 1990 1990 Freight services for TNT. Operated British Aerospace 146[262]
Y
Yanda Airlines YE 1988 2001

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