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Year 2006


Vaile Congratulates Rex For Drought Assistance
Saturday, December 23, 2006
I would like to congratulate Rex on their philanthropic gift this Christmas of $1 million in travel to help those affected by the current drought.

Rex to Operate Grafton and Taree Services
Friday, December 22, 2006
Australia’s largest independent regional airline, Regional Express (Rex) is to commence services linking Grafton and Taree with Sydney commencing Sunday 25 February 2007.

Rex Provides $1 Million Early Christmas Relief To Drought-Affected Communities
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Following last year’s drought relief programme of $0.5m, Australia’s largest independent regional airline, Regional Express (Rex), has again stepped up its efforts by allocating up to $1 million in travel on its services to assist communities affected by one of Australia’s worst droughts.

Rex Withdraws Plans to Increase Services After District Council's Decision
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Following the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula’s refusal to co-invest with Regional Express (Rex) in enhancing Port Lincoln’s air services, Rex will not be introducing additional flights including the much requested early morning Port Lincoln to Adelaide service.

Rex Surprised At Portland Council's Flip Flop
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
In response to Glenelg Shire Council’s announcement today that the increase in charges at Portland Airport would not proceed as a means to entice Rex to maintain services, Rex has confirmed that it is unable now to reverse its decision.

Rex First Quarter Unaudited Profit Rise Sparks Increase in Forecast for Full Financial Year
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Regional Express Holdings Limited (“Rex”) today announced a first quarter rise in net profit and a revised profit guidance forecast for the full financial year 2007.

Rex Withdraws Portland Services Following Steep Increases in Airport Charges
Friday, November 10, 2006
Australia’s largest independent regional airline, Regional Express (Rex), will cease serving Portland from the end of December 2006.

Rex Seeks More Apprentice Aircraft Engineers
Friday, November 10, 2006
Wagga Wagga based Regional Express (Rex) has advertised for Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Apprentices for its aircraft engineering facility at Wagga Wagga Airport.

Rex and Melbourne Airport Reach Agreement
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) announced that it has come to an agreement with Melbourne Airport over inbound security screening arrangements at Melbourne Airport.

Last Metro Flights for Rex in South Australia
Friday, October 6, 2006
This weekend marks the end of an era for Regional Express (Rex) with the last Metro operations in regular services by the airline.

Rex Boosts Seats to Burnie
Thursday, October 5, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) has increased flights and seats on the Burnie–Melbourne route from this coming Monday, 9 October. Speaking about the increased schedule, Rex Managing Director, Geoff Breust said the airline had reacted further to market demand by providing more seats and more flights with more convenient times.

Rex to Acquire 25 Latest Generation Saab 340B plus Aircraft
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Regional Express (Rex), the largest independent regional airline in Australia, will embark on a massive fleet modernisation and expansion programme involving the long term lease of 25 advanced 34 seat Saab 340B plus aircraft which will be supplied by Saab Aircraft Leasing over the next three years.

Rex Open Day: Saturday 23 September 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) and Wagga Wagga City Council (WWCC) will co-host a special Rex Family Open Day this Saturday 23 September 2006 at Wagga Wagga Airport.

Rex Welcomes Government's Airspace Initiative
Friday, September 15, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) welcomes an initiative for progressing Airspace Reform announced yesterday by the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon Warren Truss, MP.

Rex Group Profits Leap 140%
Friday, September 15, 2006
On 13 September, Regional Express Holdings Limited (Rex) announced the Group's results for the full Financial Year to 30 June 2006. The highlights of which are outlined below:

Immediate Taxi Pick-Up for Arriving Rex Passengers at Adelaide Airport
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) has confirmed that a specific taxi pick-up area for Rex’s Adelaide arriving passengers is now in place immediately in front of the arrival terminal.

Rex Sets the Record Straight on Sunshine Express Acquisition
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) has reacted to repeated insinuations by Sunshine Express Airlines that its planned acquisition by Rex would not have been in the best interests of Sunshine Express staff.

Rex Terminates Deal with Sunshine Express
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) announced today that the proposed acquisition of Brisbane based regional airline Sunshine Express would not proceed.

Truss Welcomes Proposed Rex – Sunshine Express Merger
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Australian Government Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Warren Truss, today welcomed news that Regional Express and Sunshine Express will merge.

Regional Express to Acquire Sunshine Express
Monday, August 14, 2006
Regional Express Airlines (Rex) announced today that it has fast tracked discussions with Sunshine Express Airlines of Queensland to acquire its entire regional airline operation.

Rex Services - The Facts
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) Managing Director Geoff Breust has responded to comments by Dr Watt about fares, seating availability and arrival conditions on its Port Lincoln – Adelaide services.

Burnie and Rex Enter Historic Partnership to Foster Air Services
Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Burnie City Council, Burnie Airport Corporation and Regional Express Airlines (Rex) have agreed to join forces in a special and historic partnership arrangement which will see Rex introduce more flights and a much improved schedule between Burnie Airport and Melbourne.

Rex Calls on Airports Association To Withdraw Comments
Thursday, August 3, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) has called on the Australian Airports Association (AAA) to withdraw comments made in “The Australian” on Monday 31 July about the company “brow beating airports into deep discounts for landing fees and in some cases demanding free of charge...”

Rex Finds Meaningful Way to Celebrate its Fourth Anniversary
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Regional Express (Rex), Australia’s largest independent regional airline, keeps going from strength to strength and today celebrates its fourth birthday. To commemorate the occasion, Rex embarked on a special anniversary project with ‘Care Channels’ to create a unique gift for passengers while contributing to a greater mission.

Regional Express Increases Saab 340 Fleet
Monday, July 17, 2006
Regional Express and Saab Aircraft Leasing have reached an agreement covering five aircraft, which will see Rex add one leased Saab 340B plus extend its existing leases for four Saab 340B aircraft.

Saab Captain Max Langshaw retires after 32 years with Kendell and Rex
Friday, July 14, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) Saab Captain and number one pilot on the seniority list, Max Langshaw, will hand in his Rex wings today after 32 years, and more than 20, 000 flight hours. Rex flight ZL3263 departing Wagga Wagga for Melbourne at 12.40pm will be Max’s last as an Air Transport Pilot with Rex.

Seamless Arrivals for Rex Passengers at Adelaide Airport Commenced Today
Monday, July 10, 2006
New arrival procedures at Adelaide Airport commenced today for passengers of South Australia’s largest regional airline, Regional Express (Rex). The arrangements bypass the need for security screening of Adelaide arriving passengers, the climb up four flights of stairs and the long walk from the aircraft along the covered walkways and inside the terminal to collect bags and exit.

Key Coober Pedy Services Upgrade to Larger Saab Aircraft
Thursday, July 6, 2006
In less than a week after announcing additional services to Port Lincoln, Regional Express (Rex) continues to strengthen its commitment to regional South Australia. On 7 August Rex will upgrade key services between Adelaide and Coober Pedy from 19 seat Metro 23 aircraft to 34 seat Saab 340s.

Rex Supports Burnie
Monday, July 3, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) has confirmed its full commitment to the North West Coast and Burnie in particular.

New Arrival Procedures for Rex Passengers at Adelaide Airport
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Adelaide Airport Limited and Regional Express (Rex) have jointly announced new arrival procedures for Rex passengers that will take place effective 10 July 2006.

Rex Celebrates Two Decades in South Australia Today
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
South Australia’s largest regional airline, Regional Express (Rex), today celebrates 20 years of service to the communities of Port Lincoln and Whyalla. Rex is honoured to fly the flag and continue the great legacy started by Kendell Airlines in 1986 to provide unrivalled service and affordable fares to our loyal customers.

Rex Adds More Services to Port Lincoln in Wake of Qantas Pullout
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Port Lincoln has had a bumper year in 2006 as Regional Express (Rex) today announces two more confirmed dates for additional services to the region. On top of the extra services introduced on 26 February and again on 22 May, Rex makes good its promise to ensure there will be enough capacity to satisfy demand after QantasLink’s withdrawal today. This good news also comes on a day when it celebrates 20 Years in Port Lincoln.

Rex Reassures Communities Affected by QantasLink Pullout
Friday, June 16, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) has reacted to the news of QantasLink’s withdrawal from Port Lincoln, Kingscote and Burnie by saying it will take steps to ensure there will be enough capacity to satisfy the demand from these communities.

Rex Increases Wagga - Sydney Services
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Wagga Wagga based airline, Regional Express (Rex) has dramatically increased its Wagga - Sydney services by introducing a new schedule of peak time flights from Monday 3 July 2006.

Rex Withdraws Armidale Services
Friday, June 2, 2006
Regional Express is to cease its Armidale – Sydney services from Sunday 2 July 2006.

Rex Aims to Take Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
As the nation prepares for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Rex makes its own plans to host Australia’s ‘Highest’ Morning Tea to help fight against a disease that affects one in three Australians: Cancer.

Rex and Air Link Boost Schedules in Dubbo
Friday, May 19, 2006
The Regional Express (Rex) Group of Airlines including Regional Express and Air Link are continuing to increase seating capacity and schedule frequency between Dubbo and Sydney.

Rex Continues to Add More Flights to Port Lincoln Route
Friday, May 19, 2006
In less than three months, Regional Express (Rex) has ramped up services between Port Lincoln and Adelaide, bringing it to a massive 88 weekly flights with the addition of five return services per week.

Rex Passenger Disembarks During Aircraft Startup
Thursday, May 4, 2006
A passenger on Rex flight ZL3471 from Merimbula to Melbourne today allegedly became frightened once the cabin was secured and the right engine was being started and disembarked through the left side main cabin door without authority.

Rex Says Adelaide Airport Out to Mislead
Friday, April 28, 2006
Rex says the bussing of passengers will now not proceed as planned as Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) continues to reject its appeal for a second bus and attempts to mislead the public on the reason for refusal.

Rex Calls on Government to Keep Lid on Airline Charges
Friday, April 28, 2006
Soaring fuel prices and the resultant hefty fuel surcharges announced by the major airlines are once again putting pressure on the price of air tickets for regional travellers.

Adelaide Airport Rejects Rex Bussing Solution
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Regional Express announced today that the bussing solution for its inbound passengers was now in jeopardy.

Adelaide Airport to Bus Rex Arriving Passengers
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Adelaide Airport and Rex are planning to bus all Rex’s arriving passengers directly from their aircraft to the old International Terminal Building. This will remove the need for security screening of arriving Rex passengers and the long walk from the aircraft along the covered walkways and inside the terminal.

New Agency Base Commission Structure
Monday, April 3, 2006
Effective 1 July 2006, Regional Express (Rex) will change the default travel agent base commission applicable to all Rex 899 tickets from the current level of 1% to 0%. Rex will continue to pay agents 6% for bookings made on-line via the web.

Rex Adds More Flights to Port Lincoln
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) South Australia’s largest regional airline has increased further its Adelaide – Port Lincoln services to 88 flights per week.

Rex Upgrades for Regional Passengers in South Australia and Broken Hill
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
South Australia’s largest regional airline, Regional Express (Rex) continues to strengthen its commitment to regional South Australia by upgrading its aircraft fleet as well as introducing additional services on key routes starting 5 March 2006.

Rex Increases Services to Port Lincoln
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) has increased its schedule of flights between Adelaide and Port Lincoln with an additional two return services each week, one on Sunday and one Friday.

Rex Releases Half-Year Financial Report
Monday, February 20, 2006
Regional Express Holdings Limited (Rex) today announced its results for the Half Year to 31 December 2005 as outlined below.

Rex Happy Following Talks With AAL
Monday, February 13, 2006
Regional Express (Rex) is positive about the outcome of discussions today with Adelaide Airport aimed at finding solutions to problems affecting regional passengers using the new terminal.

Rex Calls for Adelaide Airport to Substantiate Allegations Made or Issue Public Apology
Monday, February 13, 2006
SA’s largest regional airline says it is “disturbed and very angry” following comments made on regional radio by Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) Managing Director Phil Baker over the airline’s concerns about regional facilities at Adelaide’s new airport.

Rex's Strong Commitment to South Australia
Friday, February 10, 2006
Regional Express (Rex), Australia’s largest independent regional airline which flies to seven major South Australian regional centres and Broken Hill from Adelaide Airport, has re-affirmed its full commitment to its services in the State.

Rex Calls on Adelaide Airport to Fix Facilities for Regional Travellers
Monday, February 6, 2006
South Australia’s and Australia’s largest independent regional airline Regional Express (Rex) has called on the management of Adelaide Airport to fix the problems regional air travellers are experiencing at the new terminal.

Rex Celebrates 20 Years in Port Lincoln
Thursday, January 12, 2006
In 2006 Regional Express (Rex) celebrates 20 years of service to the community of Port Lincoln. Rex continues to offer the high level of service to Port Lincoln and the surrounding region provided by its predecessor Kendell Airlines since it initiated flights to the region in 1986.