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John McCormick
Director of Aviation Safety
CASA


I would like to congratulate Regional Express (Rex) on the important milestone of its tenth anniversary.

Regional aviation makes a vital contribution to Australia’s social and economic structure. Rex obviously plays an important role in bringing airline services to many different parts of regional Australia. At the same time all regional airlines face sets of unique safety challenges that are part of Australia’s diverse climate and flying conditions. It is important that as the aviation safety regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) fully understands those challenges to help us ensure that all regional airlines continue to operate safely in many different environments. When, as Director of Aviation Safety, I created the Regional Aviation Safety Forum in May 2012, I was concerned that issues facing aviation in regional Australia (that is those areas outside the major metropolitan areas) were able to be discussed in a frank and open manner. I am pleased to say that Rex has played a very valuable part as an active member of this industry forum in the past two years, particularly in regard to discussions about operations at regional aerodromes. I am very appreciative of the continued contribution of Rex and other regional operators to these safety discussions, which is part of the open and productive relationship CASA has developed with the aviation industry.

On behalf of CASA I would like to wish Rex continued safe flying into the future

  



  
Martin Dolan
Chief Commissioner
ATSB


On behalf of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), I congratulate Regional Express – or Rex as we all know it – on 10 years of safe aviation.

As Australia’s national transport safety investigator, we work closely with Australia’s airlines and operators—such as Rex—to help improve the safety system of Australian aviation.

Rex should be proud of its 10-year anniversary. Rex has played a vital role in safely connecting regional and metropolitan Australia. The past years have allowed the ATSB and Rex to develop a strong working relationship to identify safety issues and ultimately make flying safer for industry and the travelling public. 

I wish Regional Express a successful and safe future of flying. The ATSB looks forward to continuing and strengthening our working relationship with Rex to advance aviation safety in Australia.

  



  
Mark Young
Managing Director
Adelaide Airport


On behalf of Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) I congratulate Rex on reaching an important milestone.  Rex has demonstrated great vision and foresight in resurrecting the regional components of the former Ansett operations and growing them into a successful business in the tough aviation market.

As the major intrastate carrier in South Australia, Rex provides a vital link between Adelaide and our regional communities across eight destinations, from Coober Pedy and Whyalla down to Kingscote and Mt Gambier, west to Ceduna and Port Lincoln, and across the border to Broken Hill and Mildura.

The company has built its reputation and expanded its reach in times of great uncertainty through economic downturns, droughts, floods and global security threats.

The journey’s only just begun.  Adelaide Airport Limited looks forward to working with Rex for many more years to come as we both continue to grow and offer our customers an even better level of service.

  



  
Kerrie Mather
CEO Sydney Airport


Our warmest congratulations on the tenth anniversary of Regional Express.

It’s hard to believe it was just 10 years ago that a group of committed investors saw the potential in keeping Ansett’s regional aviation business in operation.

Today, Rex is one of Australia’s most recognisable airline brands, flying more than 1.2 million passengers a year to 35 destinations across the eastern states and operating the nation’s largest independent aircraft fleet.

Regional aviation is vital to our economy and we recognise that regional passengers want to continue flying into Australia’s international gateway.

Regional airlines have ensured ongoing access to Sydney Airport, but our support for regional aviation is not limited to that.

Under our new vision to reconfigure the airport, regional passengers will have better connectivity than ever to domestic and international services and a more seamless passenger experience.

Congratulations again on your fantastic achievement and we look forward to working with you on growing your business in the decades to come.

  



  
Chris Woodruff
CEO Melbourne Airport


On behalf of Melbourne Airport, it is with great pleasure that I congratulate Rex on its tenth anniversary. This is a significant milestone in a highly competitive and challenging industry, and demonstrates the ongoing success of Rex in providing aviation services for regional Australia.

As a long-standing and valued member of the Melbourne Airport community, Rex helps to keep our diverse and vibrant regional communities connected with the rest of Australia and the world.

Rex passengers from Burnie to Broken Hill and Mount Gambier to Moruya are only a few steps from an extensive range of domestic and international services when they arrive at Melbourne.

Similarly, Rex ensures that our capital cities continue to have strong aviation links with regional Australia, enabling the growth of business, education, tourism and other industries.

Congratulations to all the team at Rex on turning ten, and we look forward to continuing to support your future growth and success.

  



  
Peter O'Donnell
Chairman Mildura Airport


It is a great achievement that Rex celebrates its 10th birthday. Any business that is able to not only exhibit longevity, but also to be recognised internationally for the highest standards of operation should be celebrated. But to do this in an industry as challenging as aviation reflects the innovation, discipline and leadership of the company.

The partnership between Mildura Airport and Rex has been a great journey with a wonderful future.  The vision and courage by Rex to expand services through Mildura Airport recently is appreciated enormously by our region.

On behalf of the board of Mildura Airport we extend our congratulations to Executive Chairman, Lim Kim Hai and the whole Rex team.

  



  
Kevin Gill, COO
Regional Airports Group


Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) and its subsidiary companies, Townsville, Mount Isa, Longreach and Aviex (MRO) are proud to contribute to the 10th anniversary celebration of Regional Express (Rex).

 The QAL group hold its partnership with Rex in high regard and is fortunate to have worked with people across all facets of Rex’s business.  Your level of professionalism and expertise in the regional aviation field should be congratulated.  

Rex is a great Australian aviation success story. Its role is pivotal in connecting regional Australia to the city.  The leadership group of Rex has changed the regional aviation space in terms of operating a successful, sustainable, quality airline recognised throughout the airline world.

The QAL group congratulates Rex on their achievements to date and looks forward to contributing to its future success.

  



  
Greg Russell
Former CEO
Airservices Australia


Let me pass on my congratulations to the management and staff of Regional Express on its tenth anniversary.

The regional aviation industry is of vital importance to Australia both in providing reliable and safe air services and as a training ground for aircrew and engineers for the broader aviation industry. I have been proud to have had the opportunity to be associated with Rex through one of its predecessor companies, Hazelton, in helping the company to establish its operations at Sydney Airport and more recently through the national air traffic provider.

I have watched with interest the development of the company during the past decade including its listing on the stock exchange, the acquisition of a large fleet of Saab aircraft, the establishment of a flight training college in Wagga Wagga and the continuation of the policy of supporting regional communities.

Regional aviation is a tough business and to have grown the organisation to the extent that has occurred is a major achievement. My congratulations!