The airline was established and started operations in 1994. It began as an executive air charter and aircraft hire service, with an affiliated aircraft maintenance business. In 2000, Brindabella Airlines added a flight training school to its operations, and in April 2003, scheduled Regional airline services. It is wholly owned by Jeffrey Boyd and Lara Corry-Boyd and employs 38 staff.
In December 2005, Brindabella won an award for excellence in tourism at the Rhodium ACT and Region Tourism Awards 2005. During August 2006, Brindabella Airlines won two awards at the ACT Telstra Business Awards 2006 - Brindabella the Panasonic Australia accolade for businesses with more than 20 employees but less than or equal to 50 employees; and the AMP Innovation Award for the most innovative business in the ACT..
Brindabella Airlines introduced the BAe Jetstream 41 aircraft on 5 May 2008 as the new member of their domestic fleet. Brindabella took delivery of two J41s in December 2007, and wishes to acquire a third. The Jetstream aircraft will operate mostly on the Newcastle to Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Brisbane routes, with a second J41 on the Newcastle to Canberra route.
A new service to Latrobe Valley Airport (Traralgon, Victoria) from Canberra began on 5 September 2005. This service primarily catered for public servants travelling between the national capital and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) centre in Traralgon. It was suspended in May 2006 due to low load factors reportedly costing the airline over $200,000.
In August 2006, Sunshine Express Airlines and Brindabella Airlines announced that an agreement had been reached for Brindabella to take over the New South Wales coastal routes currently operated by Queensland’s privately owned airline, Sunshine Express. On October 1, Brindabella commenced regular passenger transport operations to Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Brisbane. The agreement was a seamless transition for passengers travelling between Brisbane, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie, utilising the same equipment and staff previously provided by Sunshine Express. Brindabella took over services effective Sunday, 1 October 2006.
As of September 2008 a total of 14 aircraft are in Brindabella Airlines service: These aircraft are used for domestic sevices.
These aircraft are used for charter sevices and pilot training.
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