Brisbane-based Strategic Aviation Group Pty Ltd has been granted new Air Operator Certificates (AOCs) in both the Australian and European aviation markets, developments which the company says will enable it to further its plans for Australian domestic and international services and European charter flights.
Strategic Airlines’ plans include more Australia-Bali services, the company having been granted the largest share of available seat capacity between Australia and Indonesia.
The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has granted Strategic Airlines an unrestricted three-year AOC, while the Luxembourg Ministry of Transport’s Direction De L’Aviation Civile has granted Strategic Aviation Group’s European division a Luxembourg AOC to undertake European charter services.
“We welcome the scrutiny and endorsement of both CASA and Direction De L’Aviation Civile,” says David Blake, Strategic’s chief executive officer. “Our highest priority is the safety of our operation and the approval of the regulators allows us to proceed with confidence in both markets.”
Adds Blake: “In Western Australia, Queensland and Indonesia, Strategic Airlines has enjoyed a positive response to our entry to commercial operations and we look forward to assessing further opportunities.”
Strategic Airlines’ commercial operations use Airbus A330-200s and Airbus A320-200s. In september 2009 Strategic Airlines began flying schedules from Australia to Bali and it now operates both a Perth-Derby-Denpasar rotation and a Brisbane-Port Hedland-Denpasar service.
The carrier is launching Brisbane-Townsville-Denpasar services on December 3 and plans to add more Australia-Bali services after the International Air Services Commission (IASC) proposed to award Strategic Airlines 1,514 weekly seats in the Australia-Indonesia market in a draft determination issued on September 29. Strategic had originally requested 1,716 weekly seats.
Formed in 2005, the Strategic Aviation Group now comprises three divisions: Strategic Aviation, which offers aircraft brokerage, logistics and cargo solutions; Strategic Europe, which offers charter and turnkey aircraft wet-lease services within Europe on an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) basis; and Strategic Airlines, the company’s new entrant in the Australian airline market.
For more information on Strategic Aviation Group, visit www.flystrategic.com.