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Rex To Take Delivery Of First 737 In Full Airline Livery
Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Rex Airlines marks another major milestone tomorrow as the first of its Boeing 737s lands in Sydney in full Rex livery. The aircraft arrived in Brisbane today just after 7:30pm on a transit stop after its major scheduled check overseas. It is due to touch down in Sydney at 8:30am on Christmas Eve.

REX CALLS ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CEASE ALL FUNDING FOR QANTAS
Thursday, 17 December 2020
Rex has grave concerns that Qantas is embarking on an opportunistic strategy of flooding the regional airline market with additional excess capacity to eliminate weaker regional competitors, which will have devastating long term impacts for regional aviation.

PAG Transaction Update
Thursday, 17 December 2020
Rex has responded to yesterday’s media release from ASIC and provided an update on its transaction with PAG.

CASA GIVES REX GREEN LIGHT FOR HIGH CAPACITY AIR OPERATOR'S CERTIFICATE
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Rex today announced that it has been issued a High Capacity Air Operator’s Certificate (HCAOC) by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). This means that Rex is now approved for Regular Public Transport (RPT) services using the Boeing 737-800NG on its existing network where appropriate.

Rex resumes flights between Adelaide and Mildura
Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Rex announced today that it will resume flights between Mildura and Adelaide with effect from Monday 4 January 2021.

REX RELEASES AMAZING THROUGH-FARES CONNECTING REGIONAL AUSTRALIA TO SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE
Tuesday, 8 December 2020
Rex is making it cheaper and easier for travellers from Regional Australia to connect to Australia’s major capital cities and vice versa. Through-fares at exceptional prices are now available for sale on the Rex website for travel from 1 Mar 21.

Rex Launches Into Sydney – Melbourne - 100,000 Tickets On Sale From $79
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
From 1 Mar 2021, travellers will finally have a high quality, reliable and affordable airline to fly between Australia’s major capital cities. Tickets for Rex services between Sydney and Melbourne go on sale from today.

Pel-Air takes delivery of first Beechcraft King Air aircraft for NSW Air Ambulance Service
Monday, 30 November 2020
Rex subsidiary Pel-Air takes delivery of first of five Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft for NSW Air Ambulance Service

Rex Signs Binding Agreement with PAG on Funding for Domestic Jet Operations
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Rex today announced that it had signed an agreement with PAG Regulus Holdings Pte Ltd (PAG), a subsidiary of leading Asia-Pacific focused investment firm PAG that will see an investment by PAG of up to AUD150 million to be used exclusively to support the launch of Rex’s domestic jet operations scheduled to commence on 1 March 2021 (Funding).

REX TAKES DELIVERY OF FIRST BOEING 737
Thursday, 5 November 2020
Rex Airlines has taken a huge step towards launching its domestic operations, with the delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft.

Rex Locks in Six Boeing 737-800NG for Domestic Jet Operations
Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Rex today announced that it had yesterday evening signed Letters of Intent with two Lessors for the lease of six Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft.

Rex Applauds Federal Government Support for Regional Aviation until March 2021
Monday, 28 September 2020
Rex today thanked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, following the announcement that the Regional Airline Network Support (RANS) program will be extended. The extension of the RANS program, which will now run until 28 March 2021, will ensure that vital regional air corridors remain operating, albeit at reduced capacity.

Rex Update on Regional Routes Abandoned by Virgin Australia
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Following Rex’s call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from communities which have been abandoned by Virgin Australia, Rex today reports that it has been progressing discussions with several cities including Geraldton, Port Macquarie and Canberra.

Rex Announces Exclusive Negotiations Regarding Funding for its Domestic Major City Jet Operations
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Regional Express Holdings Ltd ACN 099 547 270 (Rex) has signed yesterday evening a long-form term sheet and is in advanced exclusive negotiations with PAG Asia Capital (PAG), a leading Asia-Pacific focused investment firm, regarding an investment by PAG of up to AUD150 million to be used exclusively to support the launch of Rex’s domestic major city jet operations scheduled to commence on 1 March 2021 (Funding).

Rex Responds to Desperate Pleas of Regional Communities
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Regional Express (Rex) today announces that it stands ready to service the regional cities that have been abandoned by Virgin Australia.

Rex Welcomes Final Authorisation by ACCC to Collaborate on Regional Routes
Monday, 14 September 2020
Regional Express (Rex) welcomes the decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 11 September 2020 to grant authorisation to Rex to collaborate with Qantas (QantasLink) and Virgin Australia on ten regional routes until 30 June 2021.

Rex Corrects Misinformation Stated by Qantas
Thursday, 3 September 2020
Regional Express (Rex) states that Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, had been misinformed by his advisors when he wrongly asserted at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit on 2 September 2020, that Rex was using Commonwealth grants to finance its new domestic jet operations starting March 2021.

Rex Announces FY20 Results
Monday, 31 August 2020
The Regional Express (Rex) Group today released its preliminary final report announcing a statutory Loss After Tax of $19.4 million (M) on a turnover of $321.8M for Financial Year 2020 (FY20).

Rex Increases Flights in Western Australia
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Following an announcement on June 30 2020, when Regional Express (Rex) declared that it had almost doubled the number of flights in Western Australia (WA) with effect from July 6, 2020, Rex is pleased to today announce that it is once again increasing its flight schedule in WA with effect from August 31, 2020.

Rex to Resume Flights to Grafton
Thursday, 6 August 2020
Regional Express (Rex) announces today that it will resume flights to Grafton with effect from Monday, August 17, 2020. Rex will operate return services three days a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Rex Welcomes ACCC Decision to Extend Cooperation on Regional Routes
Friday, 31 July 2020
Regional Express (Rex) welcomes today’s announcement from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) that it will continue to allow Rex, Qantas and Virgin Australia to cooperate on 10 competitive regional routes under a draft determination.

Rex Calls on Government to Review All Assistance to Qantas in Light of Anti-Competitive Behaviour
Friday, 3 July 2020
Regional Express (Rex) is calling on the Federal Government to review all assistance to Qantas from the Australian Airline Financial Relief Package, the Domestic Aviation Network Support package and the COVID-19 Regional Airline Network Support (RANS) Program as Qantas has demonstrated that it has spare funds to incur additional losses simply to weaken its competitor at this time of national crisis.

Rex Increases Flights in Western Australia
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Regional Express (Rex) today announces that it will almost double its flights in Western Australia with effect from Monday 6 July 2020. Rex will increase the number of weekly return services on the Albany and Esperance routes from four to eight weekly return services, and increase the number of weekly return services on the Carnarvon/Monkey Mia (Shark Bay) route from three to five weekly return services.

Rex Board has Approved Plans for Domestic Operations
Monday, 29 June 2020
Following the announcement to the ASX on 13 May 2020 of the Regional Express Group’s intentions to explore the feasibility of commencing domestic operations in Australia, Regional Express (Rex) has been engaged in confidential exploratory discussions with various parties to assess the availability of funding for starting up domestic operations.

Rex Increases Flights in Response to QantasLink Increases
Friday, 5 June 2020
Regional Express (Rex) today announces that it will increase its flying schedule in response to QantasLink’s actions to more than double its flights to ports that are in competition with Rex. From 6 July 2020, Rex will be providing daily weekday return services to these competitive routes and will also provide twice-daily return services on certain days in order to facilitate day-return travel.

Rex Sets the Record Straight on Government Funding
Thursday, 4 June 2020
Regional Express (Rex) wishes to set the record straight following persistent misinformation spread by journalists of the Australian Financial Review, Senator Tony Sheldon and the Federal Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Catherine King.

Face Masks Mandatory for Travel
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Regional Express (Rex) announces that it will mandate the use of face masks for all passengers as an extra layer of protection against the spread of COVID-19. Face masks will be compulsory on all Rex flights from June 1, 2020.

Rex Update on Funding Approval for Regional Services
Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Regional Express (Rex) is pleased to today announce the confirmation of additional regional services funded by both Federal and State Governments. In total, Rex will now be operating 88 weekly return services under the various funding arrangements.

Rex Successful in Obtaining Commonwealth Funding for Regional Services
Monday, 20 April 2020
Regional Express (Rex) has today signed a Commonwealth Grant Agreement under the COVID-19 Regional Airline Network Support (RANS) program announced by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), the Hon Michael McCormack, on 28 March 2020. Under the Grant Agreement, Rex will receive funding to operate 1-2 return services a week to most destinations on the Rex network.

Rex to Introduce Temperature Testing at Check-In
Friday, 17 April 2020
Regional Express (Rex) announces that it is rolling out body temperature testing at check-in counters across our network of 55 destinations as an added precautionary measure to protect our passengers, staff and the communities we service during this period.

Rex Reaches Agreement with Queensland Government on Reduced Air Services
Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Regional Express (Rex) today announces that an agreement has been reached with the Queensland Government for the provision of a reduced schedule under a variation of the existing service contract that covers the Northern 1 & 2 routes, the Western 1 & 2 routes and the Gulf route. The reduced schedule will see all communities on these routes receive at least one return service a week.

Rex Provides Update on Route Plans
Monday, 6 April 2020
Regional Express (Rex) wishes to update the 54 regional and remote communities that are serviced by Rex on its immediate plans for the suspension/reduction of services so that they could be prepared for the drastic changes.

Rex to Continue Flying in Queensland
Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Following a last-minute intervention from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Regional Express (Rex) has agreed to reverse its decision to suspend services from 1 April 2020.

Rex to Shut Down All Queensland Services
Monday, 30 March 2020
Regional Express (Rex) announces today that it will shut down its Queensland Regular Public Transport (RPT) services, with effect from 1 April 2020. This includes the five regulated routes operated under Contract with the Queensland Government.

Federal Government Keeps Critical Regional Aviation Services Alive
Saturday, 28 March 2020
Regional Express (Rex) strongly applauds today’s announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Nationals, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, of a comprehensive Regional Aviation Rescue Initiative tailored to ensure that critical and essential regional aviation services continue to be provided amid the worst operating conditions the industry has ever seen.

WA Government Support for Regional Air Services – Rex Reconsidering Plans To Suspend All Services
Friday, 27 March 2020
Regional Express (Rex) is today grateful that the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, Minister of Transport of Western Australia (WA) has decided to put in place an assistance package that would allow Rex to maintain a reduced schedule for the next three months. On Monday 23 March 2020, Rex made a final plea to local, state and federal governments for critical assistance to maintain essential air services to regional communities. A further announcement will be made next week giving full details of whether Rex will proceed to shut down the rest of its network.

ACCC Interim Authorisation Given for Airlines to Cooperate on Some Regional Routes
Thursday, 26 March 2020
Regional Express (Rex) has been granted an interim authorisation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today (see attached) to coordinate with Qantas (QantasLink) and Virgin Australia (VA) on 10 regional routes where Rex competes with QantasLink and/or VA.

Rex to Cease All Passenger Air Services with the Exception of Queensland
Monday, 23 March 2020
Following an emergency Board meeting on Sunday 22 March 2020, Regional Express (Rex) has announced that it will shut down its expansive Regular Public Transport (RPT) air services in all States, except in Queensland where the services are underwritten by the Queensland Government. Operations will cease with effect from 6 April 2020 unless the Federal and State Governments are willing to underwrite the losses.

Rex Appeals to State Governments for Assistance to Avoid Annihilation of Regional Air Services
Thursday, 19 March 2020
Regional Express (Rex) today has written a letter to all State Governments requesting for urgent relief and assistance measures to give the regional carriers a fighting chance of seeing through the current crisis.

Rex Announces Reductions to Network
Thursday, 19 March 2020
As foreshadowed in our earlier media release, Regional Express (Rex) has finalised the first stage of network reductions with effect from Monday 6 April 2020.

Rex Thanks Michael McCormack and the Morrison Government on Measures to Assist Airlines
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Regional Express (Rex) today applauds the announcement from the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Nationals, the Hon. Michael McCormack MP, on relief measures to assist airlines amid the dire operating environment following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Open Letter to the Deputy Prime Minister on Impact of COVID-19 on Regional Aviation
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
On 16 March 2020, Regional Express (Rex) lodged an open letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Nationals, Michael McCormack, on the extremely dire consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on regional aviation and on regional communities.

Regional Express first half 19/20 results released
Friday, 28 February 2020
Regional Express (Rex) Group today announced a statutory Profit After Tax (PAT) of $6.9 million (M) on a turnover of $166.2M for First Half Financial Year 2020 (1H FY20), down from $9.8M for the prior period.

Rex subsidiary Pel-Air awarded NSW Air Ambulance tender
Thursday, 13 February 2020
Regional Express (Rex) today announces that the New South Wales Ambulance and Pel-Air have entered into a contract to provide Fixed Wing Patient Transport Services to NSW Ambulance.

Rex to raise further concerns to the ACCC about Qantas anti competitive actions
Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Regional Express (Rex) today announced that it will be presenting a supplementary submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Qantas' abuse of market power.

Rex announces exit date from Kangaroo Island
Monday, 10 February 2020
Regional Express (Rex) today announces that services to Kangaroo Island will cease from Wednesday July 1, 2020.

Rex announces exit date from Ballina
Wednesday, 5 February 2020
Regional Express (Rex) today announces that services to Ballina will cease from Sunday March 29, 2020.

Rex to raise Qantas abuse of market power to ACCC
Monday, 3 February 2020
Regional Express (Rex) today announces that it has raised an official complaint to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) about Qantas’ behaviour of dumping excessive capacity on routes that are already extremely marginal. The direct impact of this conduct is to force out the smaller competitor and substantially lessen competition in the long term.

Regional Express Extends Community Fare Scheme in Regional Queensland
Friday, 31 January 2020
Regional Express (Rex) today announces the extension of the Rex Community Fare scheme on the Rex operated Queensland Government Regulated routes throughout Queensland.

Bushfire Update: NSW South Coast Services Suspended on Saturday 4 January 2020
Friday, 3 January 2020
Regional Express (Rex) has suspended all NSW South Coast services on Saturday 4 January 2020 due to the extreme bushfire conditions. This decision has been made in consultation with local authorities and impacts all services between Moruya and Sydney, Merimbula and Sydney, and Merimbula and Melbourne.

Bushfire Update: NSW South Coast, Snowy Mountains and Riverina
Thursday, 2 January 2020
Regional Express (Rex) has scheduled additional services to the NSW South Coast on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd January 2020 to assist with the evacuation of the South Coast region. This includes additional services between Merimbula and Melbourne, Merimbula and Sydney, and Moruya and Sydney.

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