After a long ferry flight over two days and 9025NM, Alliance Airlines’ first E190 is now in Brisbane. The E-Jet departed San José, Costa Rica, as flight SXIE190 on October 27, made technical stops in San Ysidro (California), Honolulu, Kiribati, and landed in Brisbane the afternoon of October 29. Southern Cross International, an aviation services company, managed the transoceanic crossing.
This is the first of 14 E190s that are joining the Australian carrier’s fleet. Scott McMillan, Alliance’s Managing Director, cited the significance of the E-Jet additions. “This fleet acquisition represents another milestone for Alliance and is a result of many years of considered planning.”
Alliance offers a range of services – regularly scheduled passenger flights, on-demand charters, and Fly-In-Fly-Out contract flying to/from remote mine sites for employees of resource-based companies. This diversity has helped the airline weather the demand downturn from the coronavirus. In fact, Alliance recorded a profit for the financial year ending June 30, 2020, a standout considering almost every airline is posting huge losses.
Border closures, particularly those that restrict international travel, are a significant drag on recovery efforts. With foreign destinations out of reach, domestic air service will likely lead the renewal of the airline industry over the next few years.
Alliance Airlines’ fleet expansion strategy of deploying the right-sized aircraft to serve the post-COVID market gives them a head start in preparing for the mid and long-term new normal and emerge stronger from this crisis.
The E190 is ideally suited for the airline’s varied markets. Within a structurally changing environment, the introduction of E190 will help Alliance Airlines sustainably expand by achieving the right balance between capacity and demand for a post-COVID-19 market as and when required.