Rex is going from strength-to-strength on the launch of domestic capital city flights, with four Boeing 737s currently under its wing and plans to expand this to eight jets by July 2021.
The third and fourth jets touched down at Brisbane from Jakarta in late February 2021, before relocating to Sydney to officially join the country carrier’s fleet ahead of its 1 March 2021 launch of capital city flights.
But due to reduced travel demand, just two of the four 737s are hard at work on the busy Sydney-Melbourne corridor at present, where they’re being pushed to as many as six one-way flights a day.
The airline expects to be able to ramp up to nine return Sydney-Melbourne trips a day by the end of March, by fully utilising its fleet.
Two more jets to join in March, opening up Adelaide & Gold Coast
Rex’s fifth and sixth Boeing 737s, earmarked for delivery in March, are crucial for the airline’s next steps. As previously reported in Point Hacks, Adelaide and the Gold Coast were somewhat unexpectedly announced as the carrier’s next destinations, launching in just a few short weeks time with fares from $69.
These extra Boeing 737s will enable Rex to fly up to twice-daily on Gold Coast-Sydney, Gold Coast-Melbourne and Adelaide-Melbourne routes.
Where to next? More jets, more destinations
Rex is now planning to take delivery of its seventh and eighth Boeing 737-800s in June, saying that it is “in discussions with interested lessors.”
While we don’t yet have confirmation on whether these will be ex-Virgin Australia planes, though it’s certainly expected to be the case given the need for fleet consistency with Rex’s Business Class seating at the front.
The airline also remains coy on its next new destinations, suggesting that it may still be open to discussions with various airports. Considerations include gate availability, airport costs, and the potential to develop new lounges should the need arise.
Rex calls on major cities in Australia to send in their expression of interest if they wish to be the next in line to receive reliable air services at affordable fares delivered with Rex’s trademark country hospitality.Rex media spokesperson, 8 March 2021.
Rex’s capital city expansion dreams are slowly and surely fitting into place, though it seems the airline is happy to make snap decisions on where to fly next based on market demand and its Boeing 737 fleet delivery schedule.
The next few months will be very important to see how well Rex can fill up its services, as Australia’s domestic borders are on track to be relaxed nationwide from 15 March 2021 as long as there are no further outbreaks of COVID-19 community transmission.
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