Cobham Aviation Services has extensive experience in the provision of passenger transport services for corporate clients.
Our capabilities in passenger transport are reflected in our role as the outsourced operator of the Qantas Airways regional jet fleet in Australia. Since 1991, we have provided engineers, pilots, cabin crew, operations and management staff under a long-term, performance-based contract with Qantas Airways.
This major operation comprises a fleet of Boeing 717 aircraft carrying more than two million passengers each year between Australia's capital cities and the regional airports. Cobham is the only third party operator trusted to operate under the Qantas brand as custodians of Qantas' customers, image and aircraft.
Cobham is a leading provider of high capacity air transport services throughout remote areas of Australia, supporting fly in/fly out (FIFO) operations for blue-chip clients in the resource sector.
We tailor our services precisely to customers' operational requirements and the Embraer 190, BAe146/RJ series and Bombardier Dash 8 regional jets that we operate are popular, not only for their excellent performance but also their passenger comfort.
Jet services to gravel runways
In an Australian first, Cobham commenced jet FIFO services to gravel runways (unpaved airfields) in 2012 following modification of a number of BAe 146 jets. These jets are equipped with "gravel kits" that protect the undercarriage and airframe during take-off and landing.
We are the only provider in Australia that operates jet aircraft to gravel runways. This innovation enables resource companies to upgrade to jet aircraft services for transporting employees to mine sites operating with gravel runways.
Our jet aircraft are larger and faster than other aircraft currently used in FIFO operations to gravel runways, which enables us to move more people, faster, using fewer services.
- Gravel_Kit_Information_Sheet (pdf) 4 MB
Focused on safety
Cobham was a founding participant in the Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) program, which was established by the Flight Safety Foundation to meet an industry-identified need for a common global aviation safety standard for application to onshore resources sector aviation support activities.
The BAR Standard has been adopted by many of the world's largest resource companies to assist them with the management of their aviation risk. Cobham has been awarded 'Gold' BARS status and has fully approved and audited Regulatory compliance and Safety Management Systems in place across its operations.