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Rex Celebrates Inaugural Service Between Melbourne and Adelaide

Yesterday, Rex celebrated their inaugural Boeing 737-800NG service between Melbourne and Adelaide. The occasion was marked by a traditional water canon salute and the flight was met by government leaders, airport executives and the airline’s Deputy Chairman.


Rex inaugural arrival into Adelaide With a Traditional Water Cannon Salute - Courtesy Rex

On Wednesday (March 31, 2021), Rex celebrated the launch of inaugural service between Melbourne and Adelaide. The flight was operated with a Boeing 737-800NG and was greeted with a traditional water canon salute and a delegation including government officials, airport executives and the airline’s Deputy Chairman, the Hon. John Sharp AM. In Wednesday’s announcement, Mr. Sharp said,


“This is a great day for both Adelaide and South Australia as finally it will not need to choose between cheap but unreliable services and premium services at exorbitant prices. Rex has brought to South Australia safe, reliable services at affordable fares for the past 20 years on the regional routes and finally today this will also be made available on domestic routes. If our services are well supported, we will be looking at other domestic destinations from Adelaide as Rex expands its domestic footprint.”


Also commenting on the inaugural flight, Adelaide’s Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon. Stephen Patterson, said,


“It’s been a very tough year in the aviation sector and Rex has shown amazing courage to start interstate flights. It is terrific that we can welcome the first Rex interstate flight into Adelaide, giving visitors to South Australia and those doing business in our state more opportunities to get here, discover SA and contribute to our state’s economy. The State Government works with all of our key airline partners to ensure we continue to see strong passenger growth in a post-pandemic environment, drive trade and business, and create jobs.”


Further commenting on the milestone occasion, Adelaide Airport’s Managing Director, Mark Young added,


“This service provides South Australian passengers with more choice when flying on our most popular route, and has started just in time for the Easter and school holiday peak period. I congratulate Rex on recognizing the future growth opportunities on this route. Rex has been a strong supporter of the Adelaide market for many years - currently flying to several regional destinations across South Australia.”


Cake Cutting Ceremony: L-R Mark Young, Managing Director Adelaide Airport; Hon John Sharp AM, Deputy Chairman, Rex; Rodney Harrex, Chief Executive, South Australian Tourism Commission - Courtesy Rex

Rex is Australia’s largest independent regional and domestic airline. The carrier operates a fleet of 60 Saab 340s and four Boeing 737-800NGs to 62 destinations throughout all Australian states. The Rex Group also includes wholly-owned subsidiaries Pel-Air Aviation (an airfreight aeromedical and charter operator) as well as two pilot academies, Australia Airline Pilot Academy in Wagga Wagga and Ballarat. Rex will have a lounge at Canberra Airport, complementing their existing Sydney lounge.



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