Skywest began service in 1963 as Carnarvon Air Taxis flying charter flights with small general aviation aircraft out of Carnarvon, Western Australia. In 1979 it changed its name to Skywest Aviation and had moved to Perth"s Jandakot Airport. In 1980 Skywest Airlines was formed, based at Perth Airport, and acquired Stillwell Airlines and its routes; the combined fleet included 39 aircraft, making it the second largest commuter airline in Australia at the time. In 1982, the controlling companies merged Skywest Airlines with TransWest airlines. At the time Skywest operated 16 aircraft and TransWest 25.
In 1983 Skywest proposed to merge with East-West Airlines, who were both owned at the time by the Devereaux group. The merger did not eventuate, but East-West operated flights in WA on Skywest"s behalf. In 1987 Skywest lost the Government Coastwatch contract (currently held by National Jet) which severely weakened the business. The company was bought out by the Perron group and then on-sold shortly thereafter to TNT/News Ltd and began operating under the Ansett banner. In 2002, Skywest was purchased by private investors. Skywest Airlines Pty. Ltd. has been since 2004 100% owned by CaptiveVision Capital Ltd which in in turn is a subsidiary of ASX and London Stock Exchange AIM market-quoted Skywest Airlines Ltd. Virgin Australia Holdings purchased 10% of Skywest Airlines Ltd on 10 April 2012.
About the airline
Skywest Airlines Pty Ltd is a regional airline company based in Perth, Western Australia, Australia; servicing key towns in the state of Western Australia, Darwin, Northern Territory and Melbourne, Victoria; as well as charter flights to Bali, Indonesia.
The airline operates scheduled flights to these domestic destinations: Northern Territory (Darwin â€“ Darwin International Airport), Victoria (Melbourne â€“ Melbourne Airport), Western Australia (Albany â€“ Albany Airport, Broome â€“ Broome Airport, Busselton â€“ Busselton Airport, Derby â€“RAAF Base Curtin, Esperance â€“ Esperance Airport, Exmouth â€“ Learmonth Airport, Geraldton â€“ Geraldton Airport, Kalgoorlie â€“ Kalgoorlie Airport, Karratha â€“ Karratha Airport, Kununurra â€“ Kununurra Airport, Paraburdoo â€“ Paraburdoo Airport, Perth â€“ Perth Airport, Port Hedland â€“ Port Hedland Airport and Ravensthorpe â€“ Ravensthorpe Airport). It also operates domestic scheduled services for Virgin Australia, consisting of: Australian Capital Territory (Canberra â€“ Canberra Airport), New South Wales (Sydney â€“ Sydney Airport, Port Macquarie â€“ Port Macquarie Airport), Queensland (Brisbane â€“ Brisbane Airport, Gladstone â€“ Gladstone Airport, Emerald â€“ Emerald Airport, Rockhampton â€“ Rockhampton Airport).
International destination includes Bali â€“ Denpasar International Airport in Indonesia.
Its fleet consists of 8 Fokker 50, 9 Fokker 100, 1 Airbus A320 and 6 ATR 72
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