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Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd was a scheduled and charter airline with its head office in Tullamarine, Melbourne Australia,[1] operating within Australasia from Melbourne Airport, Sydney Airport, and Perth Airport. In 2008 the airline was sold to HeavyLift Cargo Airlines, and on 20 May 2009 it suspended its last remaining operations from Perth.[2] In June 2009, OzJet was purchased by the Strategic group.[3] With the insolvency of Strategic Airlines on 17 February 2012 also OzJet ceased all operations and went as part of the mother company into administration. Administrator is the company KordaMentha.

OzJet Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Ceased operations2012
HubsPerth Airport
Fleet size8
Parent companyStrategic Group
HeadquartersMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Key peopleMichael James (Executive Director)
OzJet Boeing 737 at Sydney Airport.
OzJet Boeing 737 at Sydney Airport.


The name Ozjet was first registered as a trademark to Peter Schott, a Metroliner pilot from New South Wales studying for his Master of Business Administration at Swinburne University in Melbourne in 2002. When the Paul Stoddart announced the idea of a low-cost domestic regional airline, Ausjet, a new company Ausjet Airlines Pty Ltd was formed. Schott and Stoddart realised the potential of adopting the Ozjet name and did so. In 2004 the original Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd was deregistered and Ausjet Airlines Pty Ltd became Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd. Peter Schott was initially the chief operating officer, then replaced by David Blake in late 2005.[4]

Following its pre-application meeting on 10 June 2005, Ozjet was granted an airworthiness certificate for its first jet on 28 October 2005. After a number of delays Ozjet was granted an Air Operator's Certificate by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority on 11 November 2005.[5][6] On 29 November 2005 OzJet commenced operations, flying eight scheduled return services per day between Melbourne and Sydney using Boeing 737-200 aircraft transferred from Paul Stoddart's European Aviation in business class configuration of 60 seats.[6][7] OzJet intended to expand its fleet with up to seven further Boeing 737s[6] and four British Aerospace 146s and to expand its network to include the cities of Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth.[6] Ozjet's motto was "You're in Business", reflecting its marketing and product focus on business travellers. OzJet wanted to attain a market share of no more than 10% of the business market from competitors Qantas, Virgin Blue and Jetstar.[8]

Initially the airline offered its business class seats in its three aircraft at fares similar to those of fully flexible economy class seats of its competitors. Faced with poor loads on its services (due in part to not commencing operations until just before the start of the Christmas holiday period in Australia), it had to soon resort to discounting, including "two seats-for-the-price-of-one" offers.[6] On many of the carrier's flights, there were more flight attendants than actual passengers.[9] The low patronage problems continued and in December 2005 the airline commenced offering charter flights.[10]

In March 2006 Chairman of OzJet Paul Stoddart announced that OzJet would cease all scheduled operations. All stranded passengers were given flights with Qantas (economy) and all other booked fares were given full refunds, and an opportunity to book a matching flight with Qantas at the same price.[11]

Ex Ozjet Boeing 737 VH-OZD in Norfolk Air livery at Sydney Airport
Ex Ozjet Boeing 737 VH-OZD in Norfolk Air livery at Sydney Airport

On 16 May 2006, OzJet was announced as taking over operating the regular service from Australia to Norfolk Island, replacing Air Nauru from 24 May 2006. The main aircraft used on this service was configured for 108 seats (8 of which were "Bounty Class") and ticketed by Qantas and Norfolk Air. The services operated several days a week operating from the Norfolk Island base to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle for Norfolk Air.

On 21 August 2006 the airline began scheduled operations on behalf of Airlines PNG between Brisbane and Port Moresby. As of November 2007 these services were operating three times a week, originating in Brisbane each operating day.[12]

In February 2007 OzJet recommenced scheduled flights, operating between Perth and Derby, Western Australia[13] three times each week.[14] In September the same year Ozjet commenced charter flights from Perth to Bali, Indonesia, operating on behalf of travel agency IndoJet, initially twice each week, subsequently increasing to four times per week.[15][16] In October 2007 Ozjet announced that subject to regulatory approval it would commence regular services connecting Palmerston North in New Zealand with the Australian ports of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane;[17] but decided in March 2008, just four days before the first scheduled flights, that the service would not go ahead, leaving hundreds of travellers in limbo without any information or official contact from OzJet.[18][19]

In May 2008 it was announced that Paul Stoddart had sold his 97.4% stake in OzJet to HeavyLift Cargo Airlines.[20] The new Chairman of OzJet, HeavyLift's Nick Leach, was reported as saying that the Boeing 737-200s would be replaced with newer and more fuel efficient 737-300s and 737-400s.[21]

In October 2008 the Manawatu Standard reported that Ozjet was in talks with Palmerston North Airport; to discuss Ozjet commencing the services from Australia to Palmerston North that had been abandoned at the time of the HeavyLift sale.[22] In late 2008 Ozjet's services to Port Moresby on behalf of Airlines PNG ceased when Pacific Blue Airlines commenced code-share flights on 3 November.[23]

On 29 April 2009 Norfolk Air CEO Jeff Murdoch announced that, following a decision by Ozjet Airlines to immediately end charter services to the island, Our Airline would be taking over all charter services on behalf of Norfolk Air.[24][25] Following the grounding of OzJet's fleet, air services between Perth and Derby were restored with Fokker 100 aircraft chartered from Alliance Airlines.[3]

From 3 February 2011 to 7 February 2011, flights on Strategic Airlines' website for Townsville to Denpasar (Bali) from 9 April 2011 showed as flight number O7 228. This uses Ozjet Airlines IATA airline designator prefix of O7 instead of Strategic Airlines' own VC.[26]


A Minardi Formula One car running with OzJet sponsorship in 2005.
A Minardi Formula One car running with OzJet sponsorship in 2005.

In November 2009, Ozjet's services reduced to just one route, with services flown by Alliance Airlines:

Former services


Notes: 3 were never used by Ozjet.

Previously operated

See also


  1. "Contact us." OzJet. Retrieved on 31 August 2011. "Address OZJET Airlines 15 Hewitt Way, Tullamarine VIC 3043"
  2. "Airline OzJet suspends Perth fleet"
  3. "Strategic steps in to buy OzJet". Travel Weekly. 29 June 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011.
  4. Newsdesk Australian Aviation issue 222 November 2005 page 16
  5. 11 November 2005 media release
  6. "Newsdesk", Australian Aviation magazine. No. 224, January/February 2006, p.14. Aerospace Publications. ISSN 0813-0876.
  7. News article on the commencement of flights
  8. [http://www.theage.com.au/news/Business/Wizard-of-OzJet/2005/03/25/1111692626222.html Wizard of Ozjet The Age 25 March 2005
  9. "Article on the commencement of VivaJet Airlines". Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
  10. News article on the commencement of charter flights Herald Sun
  11. 12 March 2006 media release
  12. Airlines PNG Schedule Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 23 November 2007.
  13. Ozjet Media Release retrieved 23 November 2007. Archived 1 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  14. Ozjet Flight Schedule retrieved 23 November 2007. Archived 2 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  15. "e-Travel Blackboard: Asia's Number One Industry Newsletter". Archived from the original on 21 January 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2007.
  16. Indojet schedule. Retrieved: 4 November 2008. Archived 18 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  17. Ozjet Media Release retrieved 23 November 2007. Archived 7 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  18. "Service shafted in a blink". Manawatu Standard. 28 March 2008.
  19. "Palmerston North's trans-Tasman air service cancelled". New Zealand Herald. 27 March 2008. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012.
  20. "OzJet sells to HeavyLift Cargo Airlines". Sydney Morning Herald. 6 May 2008. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.
  21. "Numbers man gets his teeth into Tiger". Sydney Morning Herald. 7 May 2008. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  22. "City must give OzJet second chance". Manawatu Standard. 1 October 2008.
  23. "Pacific Blue adds PNG to Growing Network" - Virgin Blue Media Release. Retrieved: 4 November 2008
  24. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  25. "Travel Blackboard: Australia's Number One Industry Newsletter".
  26. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 May 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  27. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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[de] OzJet

Ozjet Airlines war eine Linien- und Charterfluggesellschaft beheimatet auf dem Flughafen Tullamarine der australischen Metropole Melbourne. Die 2005 gegründete Firma wurde 2009 durch Strategic Airlines übernommen und weitestgehend in diese integriert. Mit dem Bankrott von Strategic im Februar 2012 endete auch die Existenz von OzJet.
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Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd était une compagnie aérienne régulière et charter avec son siège social à Tullamarine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australie, opérant en Australasie à partir de l'aéroport de Melbourne, de l'aéroport de Sydney et de l'aéroport de Perth. En 2008, la compagnie aérienne a été vendue à HeavyLift Cargo Airlines et, le 20 mai 2009, elle a suspendu ses dernières opérations au provenance de Perth. En juin 2009, OzJet est racheté par le groupe Strategic. Avec l'insolvabilité de Strategic Airlines le 17 février 2012, OzJet a également cessé toutes ses activités et est entré dans l'administration de la société mère. Administrateur est la société KordaMentha.

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