Johnathan Thurston on the first Skytrans flight from Brisbane to Chinchilla.
Johnathan Thurston on the first Skytrans flight from Brisbane to Chinchilla.

JT surprises passengers on Darling Downs flight

SKYTRANS co-owner and NRL great Johnathan Thurston surprised his airline passengers on their inaugural flight early this morning from Brisbane to Chinchilla.

The inaugural flight marks a three year $25 million dollar transport contract with QGC which will see Skytrans provide seven return flights per week for QGC staff and contractors from Brisbane to sites in Chinchilla and Taroom.

Thurston and aviation entrepreneur Peter Collings purchased the collapsed airline in March 2015 and also provide a daily operation (Monday to Friday) from Cairns through the Cape York and Torres Strait.

This new QGC contract has seen them expand their operations into Brisbane, re-employing three captains, three first officers, three flight attendants and two engineers in Brisbane, as well as local operational staff in Chinchilla and Taroom.

Under the leadership of Michael Thinee as CEO, the company has re-employed their entire workforce from retrenched staff, now taking the staffing numbers over 80, with bases in Brisbane and Cairns (headquarters).

Skytrans has an aircraft fleet value of $20 million and operates Dash 8-Aircraft (36 seater) throughout their network.


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