Directors of Pilbara Airlines announced today they had accepted a report from the newly appointed General Manager, Mr Ed Turner, that the best aircraft option for the airline in the immediate future was to operate Airbus A320 aircraft. Route studies indicated this was the most viable aircraft option to operate to key Asian and Australian airports.
The directors have also accepted the strategy that the airline will not operate as a low cost carrier and the airline will provide both business and economy class seating. Pilbara Airlines aircraft will be fitted with 12 business class and 138 economy class so that passengers are provided with adequate comfort on longer haul international and domestic routes. The aircraft will be fitted with Wi-Fi facilities where passengers will utilise their own devices. Pilbara Airlines will also deliver a high standard of food service and the aircraft will be fitted with galleys forward and aft in the aircraft.
Pilbara Airlines proposes to dry lease the aircraft and obtain aircraft in the 5 to 10 years age range, if possible.
Directors determined the head office and the main base of operations will be established in the Pilbara. The first international route will be to Singapore, followed by other Asian destinations.
Pilbara Airlines is proposing to operate from Port Hedland International Airport, but will carry out a study into the options of establishing its base at two other regional towns.