Air north is part of a new coalition of regional air services in Australia, Regional Link Airlines, put together by Darwin-based aviation services company Capiteq Limited. This is Australia"s first airline franchise operation. In May 2004 Airnorth signed a contract with Indonesian operator Merpati Nusantara Airlines to provide services between Darwin and Kupang in West Timor using Embraer Brasilia aircraft.
Capiteq Limited, trading as Airnorth, is a regional airline based on the property of Darwin International Airport in Marrara, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Its main base is Darwin International Airport, with a hub at Maningrida Airport. Airnorth is owned by Skyport Group, QTEC and John Gamble.
The airline was established in 1978 and started operations on 4 July that year. At first, it operated charter flights only. Then scheduled services were introduced in 1981. It was formerly known as Air North International. In October 2003 Airnorth acquired the assets of Airlines of South Australia (ASA) with the intention of gradually merging the two companies and operating under Airnorth"s Air Operator"s Certificate. In March 2004 Airnorth acquired the assets of Emu Airways, but in 2005 sold off both ASA and Emu.On 9 November 2005, ASA and Emu Airways ceased operations.
The airline operates over 185 departures weekly, serving 16 destinations in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland and Timor-Leste. Domestic scheduled destinations: Broome, Darwin, Gove, Groote Eylandt, Karratha, Kununurra, Maningrida, Milingimbi, Elcho Island, McArthur River mine, Mount Isa, Perth, Port Hedland and to the Gold Coast, Townsville. International scheduled destinations include Dili (East Timor). Domestic charter destinations: Argyle Diamond Mine, Horn Island, Truscott and the Tiwi Islands.
The Airnorth fleet consists of the following aircraft: 3 Embraer 170, 4 Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, 3 Fairchild Metro 23.
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