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The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP
NSW Minister for Transport


Rex has been providing air travel to regional cities and towns across Australia for the past ten years.

From humble beginnings, Rex has grown into a well-established Australian company, known for effective and sustainable business operations and an unwavering commitment to regional NSW.

For a state as vast as NSW, this service is crucial to connecting our communities and businesses.

Rex’s dedication to regional areas means customers have more choice about how and when they travel across NSW and the country.  This commitment to ‘the bush’ is evident through the services Rex provides year round and the charity work the company supports to help those less fortunate in towns and cities across Australia.

The NSW Government supports the ongoing efforts of Rex to connect people and businesses and recognises the social and economic benefits it provides to our State.

On behalf of the NSW Government, I would like to congratulate Rex on a successful 10 years in operation.

  



  
Michael McCormack MP
Federal Member for Riverina


Dark clouds hovered menacingly over the airline industry when Regional Express airlines first took flight in 2002.

To say the birth of Rex came at a time of great uncertainty would be a huge understatement.

Australian aviation was in turmoil yet the founders of Rex had a purpose, a firm resolve and a vision for what was needed and what would work.

This was a period which needed people with confidence, direction and a dream and those who were there at the start – the owners, investors, management, pilots, flight attendants, engineers, airport and office staff as well as the initial customers who placed their faith in the fledgling airline – ought to now look back with pride at what they helped to achieve.

 From very humble beginnings – local community groups and Rex staff even put together snack packs for travellers to at least have an in-flight service – Rex has grown into a formidable, consistently high performing and successful company.

With national and international awards recognising it for excellence, a superb safety record and customer service renowned throughout the airline industry, Rex is a company for which we should be grateful and of which we should all be truly proud.

Rex’s motto “Our heart is in the country” still rings true and the fact its base is in Wagga Wagga and it provides services linking regional areas to capital cities and therefore the world underlines the ongoing commitment the airline has for rural people.

I congratulate Rex on a memorable decade as a leader in regional aviation and wish the company blue skies, smooth flying and wide horizons into the future.

  



  
Thomas George MP
Member for Lismore


I write to you today to offer my most sincere congratulations on 10 years of flying.

This is a significant achievement in a period in which many other airlines have struggled and indeed ceased to exist.

I have had a long association with the company from as far back as when Hazelton Airlines flew to my electorate in Lismore.

One of the many things that I have always and continue to appreciate about Rex is the fact that Rex treats its customers as more than just a number and offers a genuinely personal service to all of them. 

Furthermore, I also endorse the fact that Rex provides significant services to rural and regional Australians in NSW, who without the services provided by Regional Expresses, would have great difficulty meeting their various commitments, whether they be for business or personal reasons.

Again, congratulations on this wonderful achievement.

  



  
Daryl Maguire MP
Government Whip
Member for Wagga Wagga


It is indeed a privilege to pen a message on 10 years of Rex’s achievements.

Our city and region can be proud of Rex and the management team in having continued to provide growth, employment and dedicated service.

From humble beginnings Rex has flourished combining Hazelton and Kendell Airlines into Australia’s major regional airline.

Rex continues to proudly call Wagga Wagga home employing local people.

Through the tireless efforts of staff and management Rex continues to be an outstanding corporate citizen across regional NSW.

Having a regional based carrier still calling the country home is vital for people of regional NSW.

Thank you Rex.

  



  
Janelle Saffin MP
Federal Member for Page


I congratulate Rex for this anniversary of ten years of flying.

Rex is the pre-eminent rural and regional airline and is a lifeline for country communities.

I love the staff of Rex who really are country friendly and who actually know their customers, more as friends and family.

From my home town of Lismore I am well served and am blessed to have Maurice, Aaron, Corey, John and Lyn running the show. All customers get the Rolls Royce service. And we are lucky in the Page electorate that we can fly with Rex, whether we are flying from Lismore, Ballina or Grafton.

Rex is going from strength to strength and as the Chairman Lim Kim Hai said in his statement to the ASX last year: “I am actually more optimistic and confident of the outlook and potential of the Rex Group than I have ever been for the past nine years.”

This is a wonderful indicator of economic strength and operational strength.

May Rex continue to go from strength to strength and as they do I encourage all country people to continue to choose Rex as their No. 1 commute.

  



  
The Hon Sussan Ley MP
Federal Member for Farrer


The Ansett collapse also meant the collapse of Kendell, an airline that was particularly important to my region.  Of course, I and the other local politicians marched to save the airline. It was ours, after all. Kendell was not just important to regional Australian travel, it was a gold standard country business born in the NSW Riverina. The prospect of losing such a local icon was more than just the loss of vital rural air links; we were losing part of our history, heart and soul.

Thank God Rex was born out of the ashes of Kendell and Hazelton.

In a relatively short time Rex has become the kind of friend you know and trust to help manage life, business or your family.

As the local MP representing West and Southern NSW, Rex is not only a welcome community partner, sometimes it is the only one!

Proof of a vision and commitment to the country is the recent decision to add a Melbourne to Broken Hill link to the network.

Mind you, this first decade was also through some difficult economic times in rural Australia, much of it coinciding with a severe drought.  Without Rex's strong, reliable and regular commitment many of our country regions would have struggled even more so.

Like any good business, employing good people is also its strength. Crews are also often based at its regional ports, where they raise a family and contribute to the professional and personal fabric of a community. Regular passengers will often be on first name terms as we climb the steps for the start of another day (or week) away from our home base.

Congratulations Rex on ten wonderful years! You have grown to become part of our landscape, part of the skies and so very much a vital part of rural and regional Australia.