Peter Collings commences the operations of West Wing Aviation to cater for smaller commute services in Northern Queensland.
Brindabella Airlines added a flight training school to its operations.
British businessman Richard Branson establishes Virgin Blue Airlines, as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Virgin Group, with with two Boeing 737-400 aircraft offering seven return flights a day between Brisbane and Sydney.
Air New Zealand acquired full ownership of Ansett, buying out News Corporation’s stake for A$680 million.
The Collings family sold McKinlay Air Charters to Transjet, owner of Transtates Airlines. The 2 brands were merged as MacAir Airlines.
|03 May 2000|
The Australian Federal Government changed the rules to allow foreign airlines to fly domestic routes when the Aviation Legislation Amendment Bill 2000 received assent.
Skytrans Airlines absorbed AirSwift Aviation
Hazelton Airlines becomes a wholly owned subsiduary of Ansett Australia.
Sunstate, Southern Australia, Eastern Australia Airlines, Impulse Airlines, and National Jet Systems Airlink operation were rebranded as QantasLink, though each entity retained a certain amount of independence.
|19 June 2001|
Flight West Airlines went into voluntary liquidation and its assets sold to Queensland Aviation Holdings who subsequently established Alliance Airlines. Alliance commenced operations with two Fokker 100 and two Embraer EMB120 Brasilias aircraft servicing two FIFO contracts.
McGowan family sell Impulse Airlines to Qantas.
|12 September 2001|
Air New Zealand placed the Ansett group of companies into voluntary administration with Price Waterhouse Coopers.
|1 October 2001|
Ansett resumed limited services between major cities utilising only the Airbus A320 fleet after receiving a federal government guarantee.
Skippers Aviation commence scheduled regular public transport services taking up routes in Western Australia lost due to the Ansett collapse.
Regional Pacific Airlines, based at Queensland, was established and started operations in May 2001 and operated scheduled services from Horn Island in Queensland.
Ansett creditors voted to allow the Tesna consortium, led by Melbourne businessmen Solomon Lew and Lindsay Fox, to purchase Ansett’s mainline assets.
Australian Aviation Holdings established Queensland Regional Airlines with operations commencing in 2003.
|27 February 2002|
Skywest Airlines purchased by private investors from the Ansett assets.
|27 February 2002|
Fox and Lew had withdrawn their bid resulting in the agreement with Ansett’s administrators collapsing.
|4 March 2002|
Flights operated by the Ansett Australia Group ceased from midnight with the appointment of administrators (under Deed of Company Arrangement) of the Ansett Australia Group.
Aeropelican acquired by International Air Parts from the Ansett administrator.
Regional Express (Rex) established when the Australiawide Airlines consortium acquired Hazelton Airlines and Kendell Airlines (subsidiaries of Ansett Airlines), merged the two companies, and started operations. Rex commenced with a fleet of 29 SAAB 340 and Metro 23 turboprop aircraft.
Qantas revived the Australian Airlines brand as a full-service carrier, targeting the low-cost leisure market and flying primarily out of Cairns and Bali.
Inland Pacific Airlines, owned by Australian Aviation Holdings, commenced operations from Garbutt, Queensland.
|20 June 2003|
Brindabella Airlines commenced scheduled regional airline services.
Airnorth acquired the assets of Airlines of South Australia (ASA).
The Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 2003 was introduced to implement, amongst other things, governance reforms including the abolition of the Civil Aviation Safety (CASA) Board.
MacAir Airlines aquire Horizon Airlines.
Skywest Airlines taken over by Singapore based investment company CaptiveVision Capital which in turn is a subsidiary of ASX and London Stock Exchange AIM market-quoted Skywest Airlines.
Peter Vincent commenced Vincent Aviation (Australia) Pty Ltd as a charter operation operating from Darwin Airport Northern Territory.
Big Sky Express was establised and commenced operations as an Australian community airline operating scheduled domestic passenger services in the north western part of New South Wales.
HeavyLift Cargo Airlines commences operations offering scheduled and charter cargo services.
Airnorth acquired the assets of Emu Airways
|24 May 2004|
Impulse Airlines ceased operations and was used as a vehicle upon which Qantas’ low-cost airline Jetstar was launched.
|25 May 2004|
Jetstar Airways, Qantas’ low-cost airline, started operations trading as Jetstar.