Media Releases

Year 2023


Rex – Australia’s No.1 Airline in 2023
Thursday, December 21, 2023
Rex has again smashed its rivals to record the best On Time Performance (OTP) of any Australian airline, according to the latest official Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics (BITRE) figures.

Rex Group Secures FQM Australia Nicketl & Allkem Contract in WA
Tuesday, December 19, 2023
National Jet Express (NJE), a Rex Group member, today announced it had secured a new mining contract in Western Australia for services into Ravensthorpe on behalf of FQM Australia Nickel and Allkem.

Rex Flyers Can Now Use Points for Flights
Tuesday, December 19, 2023
Rex Flyer members can now use their points to book flights on both Rex Airlines domestic routes and to regional destinations across Australia.

Rex Announces Executive Changes
Friday, December 15, 2023
The Rex Group today bid farewell to Board member and aviation stalwart, Chris Hine, who is retiring. Craig Martin has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of National Jet Express (NJE) and Paul Fisher, Rex’s General Manager, Flight Operations and Chief Pilot will also take on the added responsibility as non-executive Chairman of AAPA.

Rex Soars to New Heights with 10th Boeing 737
Thursday, December 14, 2023
Rex’s domestic jet fleet has reached double figures with the airline taking delivery of its 10th Boeing 737-800NG.

Rex Group Wins New FIFO Contracts in WA
Monday, November 27, 2023
National Jet Express (NJE), a Rex Group member, today announced it had secured a further two long-term mining contracts in Western Australia, further reinforcing its dominant position in the FIFO market in WA.

Rex, the Reliable!
Monday, November 27, 2023
Rex has retained its title as Australia’s most reliable airline, according to official figures released this week. They show the Rex Group had the best on-time-performance (OTP) for departures and arrivals as well as the lowest rate of flight cancellations when benchmarked against the airlines of Qantas and Virgin Australia.

Rex Cabin Crew Best in South Pacific
Friday, November 10, 2023
Rex Airlines has been recognised as having the South Pacific’s Best Cabin Service in the 2024 Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Awards.

Rex Boosts Flights from Brisbane, announces new Brisbane-Cairns Route
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Rex now connects Brisbane with three other capital cities following this afternoon’s inaugural flight to Adelaide. Rex also announced new Brisbane-Cairns flights starting on 22 November.

Rex Boosts Flights from Adelaide
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Rex now connects Adelaide with three other capital cities following this morning’s inaugural flight to Brisbane.

Rex Group Expands FIFO Operations in Queensland
Monday, October 23, 2023
National Jet Express (NJE), a Rex Group member, today announced a significant expansion of its presence in Queensland after winning several new contracts

Rex Most Reliable. Again.
Friday, October 20, 2023
Rex has continued its record-breaking run as Australia’s most reliable airline with the latest data showing it’s a country mile in front of all other carriers.

Rex Signs LOI for Another Boeing 737-800NG
Friday, October 20, 2023
Rex Airlines today confirms that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to lease another Boeing 737-800NG.

Rex Flyer has Landed
Monday, October 2, 2023
Rex today unveiled details of the airline’s long awaited and much anticipated loyalty program for frequent flyers. Passengers can now register for Rex Flyer and immediately begin earning Rex Flyer points and status points across both Rex’s domestic and regional networks.

Rex Goes Double Daily to Hobart for the Holidays
Friday, September 29, 2023
Rex today announced it would add a second daily Melbourne-Hobart flight over the Christmas- New Year holiday season.

Rex’s Jet Fleet Continues to Grow
Monday, September 25, 2023
Rex has taken delivery of the airline’s ninth Boeing 737-800NG.

Rex to Make More Reductions to its Regional Network
Friday, September 22, 2023
Rex has been forced to make further reductions to its regional network as the major carriers, particularly the Qantas Group, continued their relentless pillaging of Rex’s pilot group. The reductions, effective from 30 October affect Bamaga, Armidale, Albury, Coffs Harbour, Griffith, Narrandera, Orange, Parkes and Port Macquarie

Rex is Australia's Most Reliable Airline - Again
Friday, September 22, 2023
Rex has again been officially recognised as Australia’s most punctual and reliable airline for the month of August, according to Federal Government data published today. Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics (BITRE) show Rex had the best On Time Performance (OTP) and the lowest flight cancellation rate of any airline last month.

Rex to Launch Adelaide to Brisbane Flights | Rex Group wins at Australian Aviation Awards
Friday, September 1, 2023
Rex today announced new daily direct flights between Adelaide and Brisbane, starting from 30 October. Today’s new route announcement comes as Rex was yesterday named Airline of the Year at the prestigious Australian Aviation Awards for 2023

Rex Announces FY23 Financial Results
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Rex today announced a statutory profit after tax of A$14.4 million (M) for the year ended 30 June 2023 (FY23), and an operational loss before tax was A$31.7M compared to a loss of A$109M in the prior year.

Rex Announces Antarctic Advisory Panel in Preparation for Antarctic Aviation Tender
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
The Regional Express Group (Rex) is pleased to introduce the members of its Rex Antarctic Advisory Panel (RAAP). The panellists will help formulate Rex’s response to the Request for Tender (RFT) expected in November for aviation capabilities in support of the Australian Antarctic Program.

Rex Group's National Jet Express to Take Delivery of 9th De Havilland Dash 8-400NG
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
National Jet Express (NJE), a member of the Rex Group, will shortly take delivery of another De Havilland Dash 8-400NG ‘Next Generation’. This will be the ninth Dash 8-400NG to join the NJE fleet.

Rex Tops Reliability Whilst Rivals Bomb
Monday, August 21, 2023
Rex Airlines has again been confirmed as Australia’s most reliable airline for the month of July, leading the table by a wide margin, according to the official publication by the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics (BITRE).

Hello Hobart!
Thursday, August 17, 2023
Hobart today became the sixth capital city on Rex’s expanding domestic network with the inaugural flight from Melbourne, ZL709, touching down this morning. A number of dignitaries joined the celebrations at Hobart Airport, including Tasmanian Premier and Minister for Tourism, the Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, Rex Deputy Chairman, the Hon John Sharp AM, Hobart Airport Chief Executive Officer, Norris Carter and Tourism Tasmania Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Clark.

Rex Re-awarded Western Australia Regulated Routes
Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Rex announced today that the company has been re-awarded three regulated routes in Western Australia through a competitive tender process. The three regulated routes are: • Perth – Albany; • Perth – Esperance; and • Perth – Carnarvon – Monkey Mia.

Rex Forms Exclusive Partnership with Enterprise Aviation Group for Antarctic Tender
Monday, August 14, 2023
Rex partners with Enterprise Aviation Group for the provision of turboprop aircraft in preparation for the Australian Antarctic Division tender later this year

Rex Group Pilot Academy to Restart Training of China Cadets
Tuesday, August 8, 2023
AAPAV, one of the two pilot academies of the Rex Group, has restarted training for Chinese cadets at its academy in Ballarat, Victoria, for the first time since COVID restrictions ended.

Rex Forms Exclusive Partnership with Helicopter Resources for Antarctic Tender
Thursday, August 3, 2023
Rex proudly announces an exclusive teaming agreement with Helicopter Resources Pty Ltd (Heli Resources) as part of Rex’s preparation for the upcoming tender by the Australian Antarctic Division.

Cyber Attack on HWL Ebsworth Lawyers Compromises Rex's Data
Monday, July 31, 2023
As far as Rex is aware, Rex Airlines is not affected, and no passenger details have been compromised.

Rex’s 8th Boeing 737-800NG arrives
Friday, July 28, 2023
Rex's eighth Boeing 737-800 NG, registered VH-8KH, arrived in Brisbane this morning after a ferry flight from Singapore’s Changi Airport where it underwent a scheduled heavy maintenance check and painting.

Two Rex Group Enterprise Agreements Approved By Fair Work
Thursday, July 27, 2023
The Rex Airlines Domestic Pilots’ Enterprise Agreement and the National Jet Express (NJE) Logistics Enterprise Agreement, both which had overwhelming support from employees, have been ratified by Fair Work.

More 737s for Rex
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Rex has signed leases for an additional two Boeing 737-800NGs. Rex currently operates seven 737-800NGs and the additional two aircraft will take its 737 fleet to nine, bolstering its domestic network and expansion plans.

Rex Intends to Be Aerial Operator for Australian Antarctic Division
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Rex has revealed that it has submitted a response to the Request for Information (RFI) issued by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) as a precursor to Rex’s intention to be the next aerial operator of the Australian Antarctic Program.

National Jet Express Takes Off From New Brisbane Base
Monday, July 3, 2023
National Jet Express (NJE), a Rex Group company, has today firmed up its bold ambition to expand its footprint in the Queensland charter and mining market. NJE today took passengers to the skies for the first time in Queensland, with flight NC344 departing Brisbane at 0700 local time for Moranbah. This comes after NJE was successful in winning a contract to provide air services for BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA).

Rex Welcomes Armidale Council’s Efforts to Facilitate Unscreened Departures
Monday, July 3, 2023
Rex welcomes Armidale Airport’s recent airport refurbishment which has established an alternative departure gate for unscreened departures of flights not requiring screening.

Rex Expands Domestic Network with Adelaide to Sydney Flights Taking Off
Thursday, June 29, 2023
Rex will now connect Adelaide with Sydney, with its inaugural flight between Adelaide and Sydney resulting in passengers having more choice and greater competition leading to lower prices. Today marks the start of daily flights between the two capital cities with Rex's fleet of Boeing 737-800NG jet aircraft.

Rex Awarded Best Regional Airline Australia & Pacific By Skytrax
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Rex Airlines has today been honoured with the prestigious title of Best Regional Airline Australia & Pacific at the 2023 World Airline Awards hosted by Skytrax. "Being voted as the best regional airline means so much to the 2,000 staff in the Rex Group as they go above and beyond every day in conditions that are still extremely challenging,” said Lim Kim Hai, Rex Executive Chairman, said.

Dovetail Electric Aviation and Hyundai to develop electric propulsion system
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Dovetail Electric Aviation (Dovetail) is today proud to announce that Hyundai Motor Group’s HTWO is to supply a hydrogen fuel cell system for electric aviation powertrain trials. HTWO is a fuel cell system-based hydrogen business brand of Hyundai Motor Group. Rex announced in April that it had taken a 20% stake in Dovetail, and has been actively working with Dovetail to advance pioneering the conversion of turbine-powered aircraft to electric propulsion, nil-emission propulsion.

Hobart, Here We Come!
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Hobart is poised to enjoy much cheaper airfares and will become Rex’s fourth Tasmanian destination. The airline today announced daily flights between Melbourne and Hobart will begin on 17 August.

Hobart, Here We Come!
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Hobart is poised to enjoy much cheaper airfares and will become Rex’s fourth Tasmanian destination. The airline today announced daily flights between Melbourne and Hobart will begin on 17 August.

Rex To Fly Adelaide-Sydney
Monday, May 29, 2023
Rex today announced it will launch flights between Adelaide and Sydney. The new route, Rex’s eighth domestic route, will begin on 29 June. Special launch fares start from $99* each way now on sale. Business Class fares are also available from an affordable $399.

Rex Corrects Whyalla Council’s Deceptive Statements
Friday, May 19, 2023
Following Whyalla City Council’s deceptive statement of 18 May to the press concerning Rex’s actions, Rex is compelled to set the record straight

Rex Exits Whyalla-Adelaide Route Due to Council Imposed Security Charges
Thursday, May 18, 2023
Rex Airlines today announces that it will exit the Whyalla to Adelaide route from 1 July 2023 following Whyalla City Council’s decision to impose passenger security screening charges on to Rex’s services that are not legally required to be screened. Rex would like to thank customers who have supported Rex on the Whyalla to Adelaide route over the many years it has served the community. Customers holding tickets for travel beyond 1 July 2023 will be provided with a full refund.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Rex today proudly celebrated the graduation of 16 Rex Cadet Pilots from its pilot training facility, the Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA), a wholly owned subsidiary, based in Wagga Wagga, NSW. The Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Carol Brown; the NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, the Hon Jenny Aitchison, and Toby Hazelton, the son of late aviation-great Max Hazelton, attended as special guests.

National Jet Express Wins First Mining Contract In Queensland, Announces New Brisbane Base
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
The much-anticipated move by National Jet Express (NJE), a member of the Rex Group, into the Queensland market has begun with the signing of a long-term contract. NJE today announced it had won a contract to provide services for BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA).

Rex Adjusts Regional Network
Thursday, April 27, 2023
Rex has announced minor changes to flight schedules on its regional network across four states. The changes, which will be implemented from 1 May, concern the operations of Rex’s fleet of Saab 340 turboprop aircraft in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.

Rex Announces Investment In Dovetail Electric Aviation
Friday, April 14, 2023
Rex today announced it had taken a 20 per cent stake in Dovetail Electric Aviation (Dovetail) which is pioneering the conversion of turbine powered aircraft to electric, emission-free propulsion. The equity participation agreement formalises the strategic partnership between Rex and Dovetail and builds on the Memorandum of Understanding between the two companies which was unveiled on 21 July, 2022. Dovetail, owned by Sydney Seaplanes and Dante Aeronautical, was formed in 2021 and is a start-up trailblazing new electric aviation concepts.

Vale Max Hazelton
Monday, April 10, 2023
Rex today paid tribute to aviation pioneer Max Hazelton AM OB, one of the founding fathers of the airline. Max had long been regarded as Australia’s greatest living aviation pioneer whose legendary exploits revolutionised regional and agricultural aviation. “Max was a much loved member of the Rex family who will be forever remembered as a remarkable trailblazer who built an airline from scratch, was a catalyst for change and left an indelible mark on the Australian aviation industry,” Rex Executive Chairman, Lim Kim Hai, said. Our condolences to Max’s wife Laurel and their children Toby, Carolyn (deceased), Max’s grandchildren, family and friends.

Rex Corrects Qantas' Punctuality Claims
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
According to Government figures, in four of the last eight months, more Rex flights departed on time than any other airline. Rex is ranked No.1 in FY22-23 year-to-date for on-time departures while also having the lowest cancellation rate.

Rex Announces 1HFY23 Financial Results
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Regional Express Holdings Limited (Rex) today announced an after-tax loss of A$16.5 million (M) for the six months ended 31 December 2022 (1HFY23), an improvement of 55% over the prior corresponding period. Commenting on the results, Rex Executive Chairman Lim Kim Hai said “The results are pleasing considering that domestic jet services only really operated in a relatively COVID-free environment since late February 2022. To achieve profitability in such a short period under a normal environment is fairly unprecedented in the world.”

Rex Signs LOI for Two More Boeing 737-800NG Jets
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Rex Airlines today confirms that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to lease two Boeing 737-800NG jets. The two aircraft are expected to arrive in Australia in June and July 2023. The arrival of these jets will bring Rex’s fleet of Boeing 737-800NGs to nine.

Rex Announces Increasing Profitability in December
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Rex today announces that its unaudited management accounts for December have continued to show profitability for its domestic Boeing 737 jet operations, reporting a Profit Before Tax (PBT) of $4.0 million improving from the $1.9 million in October and $2.8 million in November.

Rex Announces Increased Profitability
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Regional Express, Rex, today announces that its unaudited management accounts for November 2022 have shown a further increase in profitability.