SOUTH Australia’s fly-in fly-out services for the mining and energy sector will be boosted by Air South’s acquisition of two Embraer Brasilia 120s.
The first arrived at Adelaide airport in late December 2014 and the other aircraft was scheduled for delivery early this year.
South Australia’s mineral resources and energy minister Tom Koutsantonis said the two new aircraft will enable more fly-in fly-out services to the state’s Cooper-Eromanga basins.
“In the 2014-2015 budget, $4 million has been allocated for the construction of a new open access, sealed airstrip at Innamincka to service the oil and gas industry and the local community,” Mr Koutsantonis said.
“This new airstrip will be able to be used by the new Air South aircraft as an ideal location to allow energy developers to take advantage of the potential for unconventional gas in the region,” he said.
In a statement Air South said the aircraft had a maximum flying range of 800 kilometres when fully laiden.
The aircraft are capable of flying routes out of Adelaide into eastern Western Australia, the Northern Territory, far west Queensland, western New South Wales and into regional Victoria.
The company said these were the only aircraft of its size to feature an auxiliary power unit which delivered on-board air conditioning while stationary on the tarmac or taxiing, providing comfort for passengers in regional areas facing extreme temperatures.
Air South-Rossair director Mark Lindh said these were ideal aircraft for moving larger scale personnel and cargo to regional centres around Australia.