Rex expects Christmas Eve delivery for maiden 737

An early Christmas present is set to arrive for Australia’s Rex Airlines

Australian carrier Rex Airlines is set to take delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 when it lands in Sydney tomorrow morning (Dec 24).

The jet, VH-RQC (c/n 33797) arrived in Brisbane today (Dec 23) just after 7.30pm local time on a flight from Jakarta/Soekarno-Hatta airport, where it had been receiving a major overhaul and paint job.

(Photo Rex)

The regional operator has leased five further examples in readiness for its inaugural service from Melbourne to Sydney which is set to commence on March 1 next year.

John Sharp, Rex’s deputy chairman commented: “The livery of Australia’s favourite regional airline is now emblazoned on a 737, ready for take-off. It’s a historic moment.”

The company’s second jet is currently being painted by Douglas Aerospace at Wagga Wagga Airport in New South Wales, Australia. The remaining four examples are undergoing scheduled maintenance and will be brought into the country over the next three months.

“With our entry into the domestic market, passengers are no longer forced to choose between cheap fares that come with limited service and reliable service with premium fares. Rex is bringing its renowned country hospitality to the capital city market, offering twice the value at half the cost,” Sharp added.

Rex is Australia’s biggest independent regional airline and operates the world’s largest fleet of 60 Saab 340 aircraft (pre-COVID) on some 1,500 weekly flights to 59 destinations throughout all states in Australia.