Alliance Airlines.

The in-depth histories of the individual aircraft that have been operated by Alliance Airlines.



Background Information.


Alliance Airlines is an aviation services company based in Brisbane, Queensland with operational bases in Adelaide, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth, Townsville and Auckland, New Zealand. The Company owns and operates a fleet of Fokker aircraft including Fokker 50 turboprop and Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 jet aircraft. The airline provides fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) air charter services for the Australian mining and resources industry across Australia, as well as private aircraft charters throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and the South East Asia region. Alliance also provides aircraft component sales and leasing worldwide.

The airline was established in 2002 when the Brisbane based Queensland Airline Holdings acquired the assets of the dormant Flight West Airlines which had been established in May 1987 and ceased scheduled services in 2001. Alliance commenced operations with two Fokker 100 aircraft and has since expanded its fleet and operational capabilities to service the growing demand from the mining and energy sector. The airline is wholly owned by Alliance Aviation Services Limited which was listed on the ASX in 2011 and now has over 430 employees. In November 2015, Alliance announced the purchase of 6 Fokker 70 and 15 Fokker 100 aircraft from Austrian Airlines.

In February 2019 it was announced that Qantas Airways Ltd had acquired a 19.9% shareholding in the airline.

In August 2020 Alliance announced that it intended to purchase 14 Embraer E190 jet aircraft to add to their fleet. Four months later, in December 2020 it announced that it was purchasing a further 16 Embraer jets, bringing the fleet total to 30 aircraft.

In May 2022 the Alliace Airlines board announced that it had agrred to terms that the airline would be taken over by Qantas Airways Limited, thus becoming a Qantas subsidiary airline.