Cobham has extended its Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) service contract with Minara Resources to the end of 2015, transporting workers to the remote nickel mine at Murrin Murrin, 900km northeast of Perth. The two-and-a-half year contract extension is worth AUD$18 million and builds on one of Western Australia’s longest FIFO relationships, with Cobham’s operations commencing in 2001. Minara Resources is one of Australia’s top three nickel producers.
Peter Nottage, vice president of Cobham Aviation Services said: “This is an extension of one of Cobham’s foundation FIFO routes in Australia, strengthening our 12-year relationship with Minara Resources and its nickel operation in Western Australia. We are continuing to develop the services we offer to successful companies operating in Australia’s growing mining and energy sectors.”
The contract extension will see the continued operation of the 81-seat BAe146-200 jets flying approximately 1,000 staff to and from Murrin Murrin. The aircraft is well suited to the harsh conditions of the Australian outback due to its rugged construction and high wing, four engine design.
Cobham has a fleet of 20 aircraft made up of BAe146 and Avro RJ100 passenger jets and Dehaviland Dash 8 turboprop aircraft. Cobham is Australia’s largest contract aviation company with a fleet of 48 aircraft used across maritime surveillance, FIFO, freight and airline services.
Source: Cobham Plc (LSE: COB.L)
Date: Jun 7, 2012