Alliance loan extends national FIFO services 


Image: Alliance Aviation Services.

Alliance Aviation Services has secured a loan from the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to construct a 10,000 square metre aircraft maintenance facility. 

Located in Rockhampton, the hangar will support Alliance’s fleet expansion, as well as  provide the company with greater control and security over their aircraft base maintenance activities. 

“This project will bring jobs to Central Queensland, reduce fuel burn for maintenance flights and result in a reduction in maintenance costs. The majority of base maintenance is currently carried out overseas and this project relocates those jobs back to Australia,” Alliance managing director Scott McMillan said. 

Fly in, fly out (FIFO) is a staple in the mining industry and Alliance has been providing these flights since 2002. 

 Throughout the years, Alliance has continued to expand its reach to rural Australian mines due to the company’s focus on safety, time performance and competitiveness.  

In April 2020, Alliance secured a contract with South32 to provide airline services to its Queensland and Gulf of Carpentaria mines.  

Additionally, 2021 saw Alliance extend their contracts with Newmont Mining in the Tanami gold region and BHP in Western Australia. 

McMillan recognised that the new Rockhampton project will benefit the company’s goal for long-term onshoring base maintenance in QLD, furthering Alliance’s national reach. 

Construction on the hangar has already started, with practical completion due by November 2022. 

Full year financial advantage is set to be evidenced by FY2024. 

“This project and the benefits it will bring would not have been achievable without the support of NAIF,” McMillan said. 

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