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This page provides links to all currently operating international, regional, domestic, passenger and cargo airlines registered in Australia. Click on Airline Name for contact, fleet, route and accident data.


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Airlines in Australia
Airline Main Base
IATA code
ICAO code
IATA Prefix
Start of ops.
Adagold Aviation Brisbane (BNE)
-
-
-
1992
Air Link Dubbo (DBO)
DR
-
-
1971
AirNorth Darwin (DRW)
TL
ANO
935
1978
Air South Adelaide (ADL)
-
-
-
1993
Alliance Airlines Brisbane (BNE)
QQ
UTY
-
2002
AusJet Melbourne
-
-
-
1991
Cobham Aviation Services Adelaide (ADL)
NC
NJS
-
1990
Corporate Air Canberra (CBR)
-
-
-
2001
De Bruin Air Mount Gambier (MGB)
-
-
-
2009
Eastern Australia Airlines Sydney (SYD)
QF
EAQ
-
1949
Express Freighters Australia Sydney (SYD)
QF
EFA
-
2006
Fly Corporate Brisbane (BNE)
FC
-
-
2016
JetGo Australia Sydney (SYD)
-
-
-
2012
JetStar Melbourne (MEL)
JQ
JST
041
2004
Maroomba Airlines Perth (PER)
-
-
-
1986
Network Aviation Perth (PER)
-
-
-
1998
Pearl Aviation Darwin (DRW)
-
-
-
1964
Pel-Air Aviation Brisbane (BNE)
-
PFY
-
1984
Pionair Australia Sydney (BWU)
-
SFZ
-
2015
Qantas Airways Sydney (SYD)
QF
QFA
081
1922
Rex - Regional Express Sydney (SYD)
ZL
HZL
899
2002
Sharp Airlines Hamilton (HLZ)
SH
-
-
1990
Skippers Aviation Perth (PER)
JW
-
-
1990
Skytraders Sydney (BWU)
-
SND
-
1980
Skytrans Regional Brisbane (BNE)
Q6
SKP
-
1982
Sunstate Airlines/Qantaslink Brisbane (BNE)
QF
SSQ
-
1982
Tasman Cargo Airlines Sydney (SYD)
HJ
YMN
-
2008
Tigerair Australia Melbourne (MEL)
TT
TGW
-
2013
Virgin Australia Brisbane (BNE)
VA
VOZ
795
2011
Virgin Australia International Sydney (SYD)
VA
VAU
795
2009
Virgin Australia Regional Perth (PER)
VA
VOZ
795
2013

Airlines defunct since 2000 in Australia
Airline Fate
IATA code
ICAO code
Start of ops.
End of ops.
Air Australia Placed into voluntary administration 17/2/12; placed into liquidation 23/3/12
VC
AGC
2011
2012
Air Cargo Australia Merged into Transaustralian Air Express
-
AUC
1989
2002
Ansett Australia Airlines 100% of domestic ops and 49% of int'l ops acquired by Air New Zealand in 2000; briefly ceased ops 14/9/01; resumed limited services in 2001 as Ansett Mark II; ceased all ops 4/3/02
AN
AAA
1990
2002
Asian Express Airlines Renamed 3/11/08 to Tasman Cargo AL
HJ
AXF
1996
2008
Australian Air Express Absorbed into Qantas Freight
XM
XME
1992
2013
Australian Airlines Merged into Qantas with last ops on 30/6/06
AO
AUZ
2001
2006
Eastern Australia Airlines Acquired 1991 by Australian Regional AL (42%), later Qantas
QF
EAQ
1978
2001
Flight West Airlines Acquired in 2002 by Queensland Airline Holdings and renamed as Alliance Airlines
QQ
FWQ
1987
2001
Horizon Airlines Entered voluntary administration 2003 & acquired by Transjet Group in 11/03
BN
HZA
1998
2003
IAF Air Freighters -
-
IDP
1998
2002
Impulse Airlines Acquired in 2001 by Qantas and renamed as QantasLink franchisee, effective 23/5/01
VQ
IDU
1998
2001
Impulse Airlines/Qantaslink Gradually integrated into JetStar low-cost ops in 2004-2006
-
IDU
2001
2006
Kendell Airlines Renamed Anst Ledneck Airlines during liquidation process in 2003
KD
KDA
1996
2001
Macair Airlines Sold 4/08 to new owner; entered administration & ceased ops on 29/1/09; liquidated 6/2/09
CC
MCK
1996
2009
National Jet Systems Acquired by FR Aviation, UK, later by Cobham Flight ops and renamed in 2009
NC
NJS
1990
2009
Ozjet Airlines Ceased scheduled services 12/3/06 continuing as acharter operators; purchased 5/08 by HeavyLift Cargo Airlines & ceased ops 20/5/09. Assets resold 6/09 to Strategic Airlines & became dormant
O7
OZJ
2004
2009
Pacific Air Express -
-
PAQ
1993
2014
Pacific Blue Airlines Re-branded Virgin Australia 7/12/11
-
VBH
2003
2011
Pionair Australia Started using trademark Skyforce and renamed effective 1/10/11
-
-
2004
2011
Premier International Airlines -
-
-
1996
2001
Ross Air Charter Ceased ops 1 June 2017 -
RFS
1963
2017
SkyAirWorld Ceased ERJ-145 ops 16/2/09 & shut down on 22/2/09; entered administration 13/3/09
S9
SYW
2006
2009
Skyforce Aviation Commercial division Skyforce entered liquidation on 27/5/15 (but AOC remains with Pionair)
-
SFZ
2011
2015
Skytrans Airlines Acquired 11/06 by Australian Aviation Holding & merged 9/07 becoming Skytrans Regional
NP
-
1990
2011
Skywest Airlines Purchased by Virgin Australia (completed 11/4/13); started trading as Virgin Australia Regional 7/5/13
XR
OZW
1963
2013
Southern Australia Airlines Acquired by Australian AL in 1992; ownership transferred to Qantas in 1993
TN
-
1986
2001
Southern Australia Airlines/QantasLink -
QF
-
2001
2002
Strategic Airlines Granted an Australian AOC on 29/9/09; renamed Air Australia 30/10/2011
VC
AGC
2008
2011
Sunstate Airlines Acquired 1989 by Australian AL; stake transferred to Qantas 1994
OF
NSA
1974
2001
Tiger Airways Australia Renamed to Tigerair effective 30/6/13
TT
TGW
2007
2013
V Australia Re-branded Virgin Australia on 7/12/11
VA
VAU
2007
2011
Virgin Blue Airlines Renamed Virgin Australia 4/5/11
DJ
VOS
1999
2011

Airline hull loss accidents in Australia
Date
Airline Aircraft type Reg. Location Fatal
Cat.
21-Feb-17 Corporate and Leisure Charters Beech B200 Super King Air VH-ZCR near Melbourne-Es... 5 crashed
28-Jan-16 Hamilton Island Air Cessna 208 Caravan I VH-WTY Chance Bay, ... 0 crashed
25-Sep-15 Yulgilbar Pastoral Co Cessna 550 Citation Bravo VH-FGK Lismore Airp... 0 crashed
22-Mar-10 Airnorth Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia VH-ANB Darwin Airpo... 2 crashed
14-Jan-10 Broome Aviation Cessna 208B Grand Caravan VH-NTQ Beagle Bay A... 0 crashed
09-Apr-08 Airtex Aviation Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III VH-OZA near Sydney-Kings... 1 crashed
09-Apr-07 Network Aviation Australia Beech B200 Super King Air VH-SGT Perth Airpor... 0 crashed
01-Jul-06 Corporate Air Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III VH-VEH Canberra Air... 0 crashed
07-May-05 Transair Australia, op.for Aero-Tropics Swearingen SA227-DC Metro 23 VH-TFU near Lockhart Riv... 15 crashed
08-Feb-04 Cape York Airlines Cessna 208 Caravan I VH-CYC near Green Island... 0 crashed
16-Jul-02 Hardy Aviation Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II VH-MMY Darwin Airpo... 0 destroyed
25-Jun-01 Airtex Aviation Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante VH-OZG Cootamundra ... 0 crashed
04-Sep-00 Central Air Beech 200 Super King Air VH-SKC near Burketown, QLD 8 crashed
16-Jan-99 Uzu Air BN-2A-26 Islander VH-XFF near Coconut Isla... 3 crashed
07-Apr-96 Island Air Gold Coast BN-2A-21 Islander VH-HIA Currumbin, QLD 0 crashed
16-Sep-95 Tamair Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III VH-NEJ near Tamworth Air... 2 crashed
27-Apr-95 Pel-Air IAI 1124 Westwind VH-AJS near Alice Spring... 3 crashed
24-Apr-94 South Pacific Airmotive Douglas C-47A (DC-3) VH-EDC near Sydney-Kings... 0 crashed
21-Mar-94 Aurukun Air Services BN-2A-21 Islander VH-JUU Weipa Airpor... 6 crashed
09-Mar-94 Jetcraft Swearingen SA226-AT Merlin IV VH-SWP near Tamworth Air... 1 crashed
16-Apr-93 Jetcraft Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II VH-UZS Mackay Airpo... 0 crashed
11-May-90 Air North Queensland Cessna 500 Citation I VH-ANQ near Mareeba, QLD 11 crashed
05-Apr-90 Sydney Skydivers GAF Nomad N.22B VH-DNM near Leongatha, VIC 0 crashed
09-Jan-90 Sunbird Airlines PADC/BN-2A-21 Islander VH-SBD Yorke Island... 0 crashed
15-May-89 Cockatoo Island Airways PADC/BN-2A-26 Islander VH-BSN Derby Airpor...   destroyed
01-Mar-88 Norfolk Pacific Aviation Beech 200 Super King Air VH-IBC unknown 0 crashed
10-Oct-85 Pel-Air IAI 1124 Westwind VH-IWJ near Sydney-Kings... 2 crashed
18-Jan-85 Barrier Reef Airways GAF Nomad N.22B VH-BFH Brisbane Int... 0 destroyed
25-Nov-84 Snowy Mountains Hydro BN-2A-21 Islander VH-ISI near Wilton Airfi... 0 crashed
28-Aug-83 Moore's Air Charter Beech 200 Super King Air VH-KTE near Adavale, QLD 12 crashed
04-Aug-83 Airlines of Tasmania de Havilland DH-114 Riley Heron 2D VH-CLY Launceston A... 0 crashed
09-Jun-82 TAA Fokker F-27 Friendship 600 VH-TQQ RAAF Amberle... 0 crashed
02-Apr-81 Bush Pilots Airways Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II VH-BPL Emerald Airp... 0 crashed
16-Dec-80 Eagle Airways Pty Ltd BN-2A Trislander Mk.III-2 VH-EGU near Tumut, NS 2 crashed
13-May-80 Skywest Airlines (Australia) Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II VH-SWO near Esperance Ai... 0 crashed
21-Feb-80 Advance Airlines Beech 200 Super King Air VH-AAV Sydney-Kings... 13 crashed
13-Feb-79 Pan-Air DHC-6 Twin Otter 200 VH-PAQ Yarra Creek,... 0 crashed
23-Oct-75 Connair de Havilland DH-114 Riley Heron 2E/ VH-CLS near Cairns Airpo... 11 crashed
10-May-75 Air Express Bristol 170 Freighter 21E VH-SJQ near Cape Paterso... 2 crashed
25-Dec-74 Seulawah Air Services Douglas C-47B (DC-3) PK-RDB Darwin Airpo... 0 destroyed
31-May-74 East West Airlines Fokker F-27 Friendship 100 VH-EWL Bathurst-Rag... 0 crashed
21-Jan-74 Burmah Oil Comp. Douglas C-47A (DC-3) PK-GDC Broome Airpo...   crashed
22-Dec-73 Adastra Airways Lockheed 414-08-10 Hudson IV VH-AGX Horn Island ... 0 crashed
26-Mar-71 Ansett Fokker F-27 Friendship 200 VH-FNE Melbourne-Es... 0 destroyed
31-Dec-68 MacRobertson Miller Airlines Vickers 720 Viscount VH-RMQ near Port Hedland... 26 crashed
24-Sep-66 Adastra Aerial Surveys Lockheed 414-08 Hudson IVA VH-AGE near Tennant Cree... 6 crashed
22-Sep-66 Ansett-ANA Vickers 832 Viscount VH-RMI near Winton, QLD 24 crashed
01-Apr-65 Airlines of NSW Douglas C-47 (DC-3) VH-ANJ Warrnambool ... 0 crashed
17-Mar-65 Ansett-ANA Fokker F-27 Friendship 200 VH-FNH Launceston A... 0 crashed
03-Jul-62 Ansett Short S.25 Sandringham 4 VH-BRE Lord Howe Is... 0 destroyed
18-Dec-61 Pacific Aviation Bristol 170 Freighter 21 VH-AAH Albion Park,... 0 crashed
30-Nov-61 Ansett-ANA Vickers 720 Viscount VH-TVC near Sydney-Kings... 15 crashed
24-May-61 TAA Douglas DC-4-1009 VH-TAA Bulwer Islan... 2 crashed
23-Dec-60 Australian Iron & Steel Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer 1 VH-BHJ Yampi Sound,... 0 destroyed
12-Dec-60 Airlines of NSW Douglas C-47A (DC-3) VH-INI near South Head, ... 3 crashed
10-Jun-60 TAA Fokker F-27 Friendship 100 VH-TFB near Mackay, QLD 29 crashed
26-Jan-60 T.A. de Timor de Havilland DH-114 Heron 2D CR-TAI near Bathurst Isl... 9 crashed
24-Jun-57 Adastra Airways Lockheed 414-56 Hudson IIIA VH-AGO Horn Island ... 6 crashed
12-Jan-56 Ansett-ANA Douglas C-47 (DC-3) VH-BZA Frederick He... 1 crashed
15-Dec-55 Butler Air Transport Douglas C-47A (DC-3) VH-AOG near Bourke Airpo... 0 crashed
09-Sep-55 New Zealand AF Handley Page Hastings NZ5804 Darwin RAAF ... 0 crashed
31-Oct-54 TAA Vickers 720 Viscount VH-TVA Mangalore Ai... 3 crashed
14-Sep-54 John Fairfax & Sons Lockheed 414-08 Hudson IVA VH-SML Barrington T... 2 crashed
14-Mar-54 Queensland Airlines Douglas C-47A (DC-3) VH-BBV near Mackay Airpo... 2 crashed
31-Oct-52 Ansett Short S.25 Sandringham 4 VH-BRD Brisbane, QLD 0 destroyed
08-Aug-51 TAA Douglas C-47A (DC-3) VH-TAT Barilla Bay,... 2 crashed
12-Oct-50 John Fairfax & Sons Douglas C-47A (DC-3) VH-SMH Bungulla, NSW 2 crashed
26-Jun-50 ANA Douglas DC-4-1009 VH-ANA near Guildford, WA 29 crashed
01-Jan-50 John Fairfax & Sons Lockheed 414-08 Hudson IVA VH-SMK near Camden Airpo... 2 crashed
02-Jul-49 MacRobertson Miller Airlines Douglas C-47A (DC-3) VH-MME near Guildford Ai... 18 crashed
07-Apr-49 Qantas Avro 691 Lancastrian C.1 VH-EAS Dubbo Airpor... 0 crashed
10-Mar-49 Queensland Airlines Lockheed 18 Lodestar VH-BAG Coolangatta ... 21 crashed
29-Dec-48 ANA Douglas DC-3-232 VH-UZJ near Mangalore, VIC 0 crashed
08-Nov-48 ANA Douglas DC-3-232 VH-UZK Mount Macedo... 3 crashed
02-Sep-48 ANA Douglas C-47A (DC-3) VH-ANK near Quirindi, NSW 13 crashed
09-May-48 New Holland Airways Douglas DC-2-112 VH-AEN Darwin Airpo... 0 crashed
03-Oct-47 John Fairfax & Sons Lockheed 414-08 Hudson IVA (VH-SMJ) near Muswellbrook... 2 crashed
03-Jun-47 Butler Air Transport Douglas C-47A (DC-3) VH-AOH Schofields A... 0 crashed
22-Jan-47 Qantas Lockheed 14-H2 Super Electra VH-ADT Schofields A... 0 crashed
07-Sep-46 ANA Douglas C-47 (DC-3) VH-ANM Sydney-Masco... 0+ 1 destroyed
02-May-46 BOAC Avro 691 Lancastrian C.1 G-AGMC Sydney, NSW 0 crashed
10-Mar-46 ANA Douglas C-47 (DC-3) VH-AET Derwent Rive... 25 crashed
24-Jun-45 MacRobertson Miller Airlines de Havilland DH.86A Express VH-USF Geraldton Ai... 2 crashed
11-Oct-44 Qantas Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat VH-ABB Sydney Harbo... 1 crashed
09-Oct-44 Qantas de Havilland DH.86 Express VH-USC Darwin, NT 0 crashed
13-Feb-44 Guinea Airways, opf ADAT Lockheed 14-WF62 Super Electra VH-CXI Alice Spring... 0 crashed
18-Jan-44 Qantas Short S.33 Empire Flying Boat VH-ACD Rose Bay, Sy... 0 crashed
19-Mar-43 ANA Douglas DC-3-232A VH-ACB near Melbourne-Es... 0 crashed
06-Nov-42 ADAT Douglas DC-5-511 VHCXB Lurnea Sidin... 0 crashed
08-Oct-42 KNILM Lockheed 14-WF62 Super Electra VHCXK Cooktown, QLD   crashed
17-Aug-42 ADAT Douglas DC-5-511 VHCXA Port Moresby... 0 destroyed
21-Apr-42 Guinea Airways Lockheed 14-WF62 Super Electra VH-ADY near Pine Creek, NT 12 crashed
26-Mar-42 KNILM, op.for RAAF Lockheed 14-WF62 Super Electra PK-AFM Katherine River 0 crashed
22-Mar-42 BOAC Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat G-AEUF Port Darwin 2 crashed
03-Mar-42 BOAC Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat G-AEUC Broome   destroyed
03-Mar-42 KNILM Douglas DC-3-194B PK-ALO Broome Airpo... 0 destroyed
03-Mar-42 KNILM Douglas DC-3-194B PK-AFV Carnot Bay, WA 4 destroyed
20-Feb-42 Qantas de Havilland DH.86 Express VH-USE near Brisbane-Arc... 9 crashed
18-Jan-39 Guinea Airways Lockheed 14-H Super Electra VH-ABI near Katherine-Ti... 4 crashed
25-Oct-38 ANA Douglas DC-2-210 VH-UYC Mt Dandenong... 18 crashed
02-Oct-35 Holyman's Airways de Havilland DH.86 Express VH-URT near Flinders Isl... 5 crashed
15-Nov-34 Qantas de Havilland DH.86 Express VH-USG near Ilfracombe, QLD 4 crashed
19-Oct-34 Holyman's Airways de Havilland DH.86 Express VH-URN near Wilsons Prom... 11 crashed

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