Airlines of Tasmania
|Operating bases||Cambridge Aerodrome|
|Secondary hubs||Launceston Airport|
|Headquarters||Hobart, Tasmania, Australia|
Airlines of Tasmania, commercially known by the name Par Avion is a regional airline based in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It operates scheduled services across a number of locations in Tasmania. Par Avion also operates a wide variety of charter services ranging from business, scenic flights into Tasmania's South West, group charter and leisure. Par Avion owns and operates Cambridge Aerodrome, a flying training school which is affiliated with the University of Tasmania and a tourism business into the Southwest National Park of Tasmania.
Airlines of Tasmania was established as a regular public transport operator (previously it had been an airwork operator) in 1977, along with Par-Avion, a different branding used for chartered and sightseeing flights. During its early years, the company had regular services to the West Coast from Queenstown and Strahan. In the 2004–2005 year there was a service between Hobart and Strahan, but this service was closed due to marginal traffic. Early in 2008, the airline moved its Melbourne operations from Moorabbin Airport to Essendon Airport, due to the airline upgrading its fleet by introducing the Dornier 228.
During July 2012, Sharp Airlines took over all scheduled operations to King Island.
In February 2014, the airline announced it was intending to expand into the mainland and commence regular services from Essendon to Griffith. Following approval by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the airline announced the first services would begin on 17 March, under the Par Avion brand. The airline will use Cessna 404 Titan aircraft on the new route. The airline has since dropped the route.
In September 2015 the airline announced they would introduce a new service from Hobart (Cambridge Aerodrome) to King Island via Wynyard and in partnership with Sharp Airlines. Flights commenced in November using 6-9 passenger seating Piper Navajo and the occasional service using Cessna 404 weeks before the route was dropped. Airlines of Tasmania / Par Avion Airlines would fly from Cambridge Aerodrome to Wynyard, passengers could then board a Sharp Airlines flight to connect with King Island. Flights operated twice daily on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. However flights were suspended in late 2015 due to poor passenger numbers.
Par Avion entered the Tasmanian Tourism Hall of Fame in 1999 (Tour and Transport Operator - Significant) and again in 2016 (Major Tour and Transport Operator) and won the 2014, Australian Tourism Award for Major Tour and Transport Operator (receiving Silver in 2016) for its tourism operations around Tasmania
In May 2019, Par Avion commenced airline services to Strahan from Hobart / Cambridge, with assistance of a Tasmanian state government grant, with services three times a week using a Cessna Titan
The sightseeing flights under the Par Avion branding are conducted from the Cambridge Aerodrome base near Hobart. In May 2019, the company commenced services to Strahan three times a week, and Hobart to Launceston twice a week Par Avion provides chartered flights and as of November 2019, provides scheduled passenger services to the following locations:
As of May 2019, the Airlines of Tasmania fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Cessna 404 Titan||2|
|Piper PA-31 Navajo||2|
Accidents and incidents
The company has been involved in two separate fatal accidents. A Par-Avion Britten Norman Islander airplane impacted terrain near Federation Peak and the Western Arthur Range in December of 2018 which resulted in the death of the pilot. And a Cessna 172 which impacted the ocean off the Tasman Peninsula in December of 2014 resulting in the death of the company pilot and one passenger
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