Cobham Aviation Services will continue to fly Boeing 717s under the QantasLink brand after being awarded a new ten-year contract.
The deal, worth AUS$1.2bn, will see Cobham flying the 20-strong fleet until the end of 2026, extending a partnership that began in 1991.
Peter Nottage, Sector President, Cobham Aviation Services commented: “Qantas is a very important and long term customer for Cobham and this is a significant contract extension, providing a valuable contribution and scale to our overall commercial passenger flying operations in Australia through 2026. We have supported QantasLink since 1991 and the award of this extension demonstrates the ongoing value that Cobham provides for Qantas. This award is a great credit to our very professional and dedicated team of staff and I am delighted that they will have the opportunity to continue to support QantasLink for a further 10 years.”
QantasLink Chief Executive Officer John Gissing, added: “Cobham is the expert operator of the Boeing 717 aircraft in Australia, who we’ve had a strong relationship with over the past 25 years, and I’m pleased they will continue to provide safe operations and exceptional service to our customers in line with Qantas standards.”
Luton-based low-cost carrier easyJet has started the formal process of acquiring an air operator certificate (AOC) in another European country after the UK voted to leave the EU.
The airline currently operates on a UK AOC which enables it to operate across Europe but after the referendum result and the uncertainty surrounding how it would affect the European Open Skies agreement, the airline has begun putting its contingency plan into action.
“easyJet is lobbying the UK government and the EU to ensure the continuation of a fully liberal and deregulated aviation market within the UK and Europe,” a statement on its website read. “This would mean that easyJet and all European airlines can continue to operate as they do today and this objective has been supported by European airlines, with Airlines For Europe, Europe’s main airline association.
“As part of easyJet’s contingency planning before the referendum we had informal discussions with a number of European aviation regulators about the establishment of an AOC (air operator certificate) in a European country to enable easyJet to fly across Europe as we do today.
“easyJet has now started a formal process to acquire an AOC.”
The airline said that until the outcome of the UK/EU negotiations are known, it will not need to make any structural or operational changes. It also reaffirmed its commitment to Luton where it has been based for 20 years.