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Old 12th May 2020, 01:14 PM
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Default Rex takes fight to Qantas and Virgin [Jets for REX?]

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Regional Express Holdings will capitalise on the turmoil from Virgin Australia’s collapse and invest $200 million launching capital city services to compete with Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Mark II.

In a move that could harm the sale price achieved by Virgin’s administrators, the regional airline operator is working on a business plan that includes leasing 10 narrow-bodied jets as well as employing new pilots, cabin crew and ground staff.
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Old 12th May 2020, 03:30 PM
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Last time I checked they had something like $9m in cash, their model works on low cost old planes, I don’t think it will fly. Just reading the AA article looks like $200m capital is looking to be raised within 3 weeks.

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Old 13th May 2020, 12:57 PM
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Remember, Kendell (REX's predecessor) attempted to move from props to jets in the 1990's with the introduction of the CRJ200. It didn't go well.
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Old 13th May 2020, 01:36 PM
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Remember, Kendell (REX's predecessor) attempted to move from props to jets in the 1990's with the introduction of the CRJ200. It didn't go well.
It was wholly owned by Ansett at that stage wasn't it, and allocated to do the Canberra shuttle (from Sydney at least). My wife always asked me to let her know which flights would be CRJ - she far preferred them over the S340 alternate.
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Old 13th May 2020, 02:43 PM
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Yes Kent,

An Ansett subsidiary that went belly-up with Ansett.

Word has it, that the CRJ jets where expensive to operate.
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Old 13th May 2020, 03:30 PM
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I dont think CRJs or even EMBs are in the picture, more likely A320/737 with a ready workforce on tap locally, smacks of Compass MK3 or Impulse V2.0
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Old 14th May 2020, 02:46 PM
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It would make some sense for this to be happening if REX had a strong balance sheet coupled with a mindset of a challenger/disrupter.

Whilst I am not familiar with the management, ownership nor culture, my interactions in recent years have felt like they were with a very staid, conservative "brown suit" style of business.

No doubt there will be turmoil in the weeks and months ahead as Qantas, perhaps a trimmed-down Virgin and now potentially REX all scramble to get their hands on a smaller number of passengers.

I can see the $200 million and the current surplus $9 million evaporating quite quickly.
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Old 29th June 2020, 11:07 AM
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REX has signed a MOU with ATR to investigate replacing SAABs with ATR 42/72 aircraft
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Old 29th June 2020, 11:24 AM
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ATRs would require a bit more runway, wouldn't they, so I can't see them completely migrating.

Or maybe I have the wrong impression of a lot of the airports they'd be flying into out west. Happy to be corrected, as it would save me the cost of an airfare to see for myself
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Old 29th June 2020, 12:47 PM
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ATRs would require a bit more runway, wouldn't they, so I can't see them completely migrating.

Or maybe I have the wrong impression of a lot of the airports they'd be flying into out west. Happy to be corrected, as it would save me the cost of an airfare to see for myself
Not much difference, the SAABs are not great performers when it comes to runway length, they require 25% more balanced field length compared to most medium size turboprops which puts them closer to the bigger ATRs

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