Cobham has extended its Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) service contract with energy company Santos to the remote Cooper Basin area until 2018, securing a six year contract valued at over AUD$50 million. The contract will see one of Australia’s newest Avro RJ100 jets fly weekly from Adelaide to Santos’ gas facilities at Moomba and Ballera, 800km northeast of Adelaide.
Peter Nottage, vice president of Cobham Aviation Services said:
“This is a significant extension of one of Cobham’s foundation FIFO routes in Australia. It strengthens and extends our 22-year relationship with Santos and we are delighted to provide what will be enhanced services to Santos and its people at Moomba and Ballera.”
The 99-seat RJ100 to be servicing Santos is the fifth in Cobham’s 20 strong FIFO fleet and is ideally suited to the harsh conditions of the Australian outback due to its robust construction and exceptional hot weather performance capabilities. The RJ100 navigation system is fitted with new satellite-based technology, ADS-B, which is being introduced in Australia and is seen as essential in managing rising aviation congestion in mining areas.
Cobham specialises in meeting the demand for data, connectivity and bandwidth in defense, security and commercial environments. Offering a technically diverse and innovative range of technologies and services, the Group protects lives and livelihoods, responding to customer needs with agility that differentiates it. The most important thing we build is trust. Employing more than 10,000 people on five continents, the Group has customers and partners in over 100 countries.
About Cobham Aviation Services
Cobham Aviation Services provides specialist aviation solutions to Defence, Government and major commercial customers under long term performance based contracts. Thiincludes modern battle space air warfare training for the UK armed forces and NATO, operating the largest border protection civil maritime surveillance contract in the world for the Australian Government, supporting Qantas and numerous major resource industry clients across Australia, providing a wide range of civil and military platforms with modification and through life support, including the Sentry E3-D fleet and the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft fleet of A330 aircraft for the UK MOD, providing air traffic control radar display software and aid calibration services to leading UK and European airports and with partner Bristow Helicopters training all helicopter pilots for the UK’s Navy, Air Force and Army through entity FBHeliservices. With a combined fleet of over 150 fixed and rotary wing aircraft, Cobham Aviation Services is a trusted partner worldwide.