BHP Western Australian Iron Ore has extended its air charter services agreement with Alliance Aviation Services by two years.
The company first reached the services agreement in 2014 with two one-year expansion options, with Alliance launching the first flight for BHP Iron Ore in 2009.
Under the terms of the latest contract, Alliance will continue to provide charter fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) services into Coondewanna, near BHP’s Mining Area C, and Barimunya, northeast of the Yandi mine in Western Australia, where it had previously flown 36 sectors per week.
“Our commitment to safety and providing our clients with industry leading on time performance has played a significant role in being awarded this extension,” Alliance chief executive Lee Schofield said.
“In May this year, BHP acknowledged Alliance’s exceptional safety and operational record when BHP presented Alliance with an Aviation Safety Award.”
Alliance, which is the largest supplier of FIFO flights for the Australian resources industry, also has an air charter contract with BHP Nickel West, which will run until 2023 due to a sustained demand for resources and production increases, according to Schofield.
Alliance has carried 3.5 million BHP staff and contractors on its charters and scheduled services throughout Australia between 2002 and 2019.
The company is also contracted to services BHP’s Olympic Dam operation in South Australia until 2021.
Alliance operates a fleet of 23 Fokker F100, 11 Fokker 70LR jet aircraft and five Fokker 50 turboprops, with additional fleet units to join the service in 2019.