BHP extends Pilbara contract with Alliance until 2019

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Brisbane-based Alliance Airlines has announced that its contract for chartered FIFO (fly in, fly out) flights with BHP has been extended until 2019.

The extension will see Alliance continue its chartered services between Perth and BHP’s Barimunya and Coondewanna airports in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The former is located just northeast of BHP’s Yandi mine and the latter near Mining Area C.

Starting its first year with three aircraft, the company now boasts over 30 Fokker planes in its Australian fleet — with more due to enter service in 2018 — and employs over 500 staff across Australian, New Zealand and Europe.

Among several clients, Alliance is also known for providing services for the Australian Government. It is also a member of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) and is the largest supplier of FIFO flights for the Australian mining and resources industry.

Alliance chief executive officer Lee Schofield said that the contract extension would allow the airline to “continue to provide industry-leading service” on its flights between Perth and BHP’s two airports.

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