REX: Statement to ASX confirms their interest in ‘Domestic operations’
REX ‘discloses‘ that it has been approached by parties interested in backing the airline to start ‘domestic operations’. Since REX is already a presence in capital city to regional areas, and region to region flying, this is being interpreted as capital city to capital city flying.
The statement refers to the board believing that there is a ‘confluence of circumstances’ that provided with a suitable injection of equity, could be advantagious for REX airlines. Those circumstances presumably refer to the administration of Virgin Australia, and the current travel and economic crisis caused by the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regional Express is currently a regional airline in Australia with a fleet of 60 Saap 340s operating 1,500 flights to 59 destinations through Australia.
The aviation industry has a difficult road ahead when it comes to sustainability. It’s going to require a relative revolution in technology, with ‘electric planes’ or hydrogen planes, or some form of jet engine that doesn’t require a carbon based fuel. And that is going to require the development of an alternative to jet engines probably.
It’s a big ask. It will take time to develop.
This move to home grown and manufactured SAF is a first step – maybe even a baby step in a very long road of innovation. In the long run, US$200 million won’t even touch the sides.
Things get more and more interesting, at what seems like a very low estimate of AU$200 million worth of Equity.
The Board is giving itself 8 weeks to think this through. By that time we should well and truly know the fate of Virgin Australia.
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