Key Points:

  • National Jet Express (NJE), part of the Rex Group, is set to receive its ninth Dash 8-400NG aircraft in October, primarily to serve its extended contract with the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA).

  • The new aircraft will facilitate extra flights to Moranbah, a mining community located 1000 km north of Brisbane in the Bowen Basin.

  • NJE is in the late stages of discussions for two more contracts in the mining and construction sectors, signaling a potential expansion of Dash 8-400NG services across Queensland.

NJE Eyes Further Growth in Mining and Construction Sectors Across Queensland

SYDNEY — National Jet Express (NJE), a subsidiary of Australian operator Rex Group, is gearing up to welcome a new addition to its fleet—a De Havilland Dash 8-400NG aircraft, equipped with 82 seats. Slated to enter service in October, this will be the ninth Dash 8-400NG aircraft for NJE and the second one specifically deployed to buttress its enduring contract with mining conglomerate BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA).

Chris Hine, Managing Director of NJE, expressed his satisfaction with the market's reception to the Dash 8-400NG services since their launch in July. "We have been delighted by the response we have received to our commencement of Dash 8-400NG services," Hine said. He also indicated that the company anticipates expanding its Queensland-based fleet further in 2024, driven by strong demand.

The new aircraft will enhance NJE's capabilities to serve the mining community of Moranbah, situated in the Bowen Basin and roughly 1000 kilometers north of Brisbane. The additional flights are part of NJE's strategy to support and cultivate its long-term association with BMA, which officially commenced operations on July 1, 2023.

Beyond the scope of its collaboration with BMA, NJE is on the verge of finalizing negotiations for two additional contracts in Queensland. These contracts, focusing on the mining and construction industries, suggest an imminent expansion of Dash 8-400NG services throughout the state. "Based on the demand we are seeing, we fully expect to further grow our Queensland-based fleet in 2024," added Hine.