Rex Airlines to add more aircraft to its domestic network

Australian domestic carrier Rex Airlines plans to add a further two Boeing 737- 800NG jets to its domestic network.

The airline confirmed it had signed a Letter of Intent to lease two Boeing 737- 800NG jets, which are expected to arrive in Australia in June and July 2023. The arrival of the jets will bring Rex’s fleet of Boeing 737-800NGs to nine.

Rex Deputy Chairman, the Hon John Sharp AM, said, “Rex’s domestic jet services have been performing very strongly and have been profitable in the past four months.

“The travelling public has been crying out for our reliable and affordable services.”

Plan on tarmac

The airline is yet to say which routes the aircraft will be deployed on. Rex flies to 58 destinations across Australia including the golden triangle of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Despite its success on the high demand, golden triangle corporate routes, Rex continues to be a key carrier for regional travellers including fly-in-fly-out travellers. The carrier offers up to 36 FIFO services across WA, SA, QLD and NT.

Which is just as well. Research from FCM’s parent company, Flight Centre Travel Group, shows regional corporate flight bookings are up 10.5% on 2019 bookings[1].

The analysis of booking data for the 12 months of 2022 indicates Brisbane - Mackay was the most flown regional route. Six out of 10 of the top regional routes are from Brisbane. Queensland regions also came in eight spots out of the top 10 regional routes flown by business travellers.

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The top regional routes, ranked:

  1. Brisbane-Mackay
  2. Perth-Kalgoorlie
  3. Brisbane-Rockhampton
  4. Brisbane-Townsville
  5. Brisbane-Moranbah
  6. Brisbane-Emerald
  7. Brisbane-Cairns
  8. Sydney-Gold Coast
  9. Melbourne-Gold Coast
  10. Perth-Port Hedland

[1] Booking data from 1 January-31 December 2022 – derived from Flight Centre Travel Group corporate division. Comparisons are made with bookings in 2019 (before the pandemic) when business flights were at normal levels.

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