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Year 2021


Rex Now Flying the Golden Triangle
Monday, December 20, 2021
Rex announces its first flight from Sydney to Brisbane taking off this afternoon. The new service completes the “Golden Triangle” which connects Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and represents the busiest aviation routes in Australia.

Rex Brisbane-Melbourne Flights Take-off
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Rex today begins flying between Brisbane and Melbourne for the first time in a further expansion of the airline’s domestic jet network.

No Undue Delays By Rex in Publishing Fares
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Rex is responding to an article published online by the Courier Mail under the Western Star masthead that accuses Rex of creating confusion and uncertainty. Rex wishes to set the record straight so that the residents of the Maranoa region are aware of the sequence of events.

Rex Wins New Queensland Regulated Route
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Rex today announced it had won a competitive tender to service the Central 1 Route which connects the communities of Roma and Charleville to Brisbane. The Central 1 route is one of 7 regulated routes put out for tender in July this year by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and is currently serviced by QantasLink.

Rex to Fly Brisbane-Sydney
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Rex will launch flights between Brisbane and Sydney on December 20 with fares from just $69. It is the second new route unveiled by Rex this week and follows Monday’s announcement that flights between Brisbane and Melbourne will begin on December 17.

Rex Adds Brisbane to Domestic Network
Monday, November 15, 2021
Rex today announced the launch of double-daily flights between Melbourne and Brisbane from next month. Brisbane becomes the fifth capital city destination in the Rex domestic network, enabling the airline to take a major step towards realising its long stated goal of servicing the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’ (Sydney-Melbourne-Brisbane).

Fly High with Rex Wi-Fi
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Rex today announced the progressive rollout of Wi-Fi and Inflight Entertainment (IFE) on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. Intelsat’s 2Ku Wi-Fi systems have been installed on four of the fleet of six jets in the 737 fleet and the remaining will be similarly equipped in a few months.

Rex 737 Visits Singapore
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Rex said today one of the airline’s Boeing 737-800NGs had been sent to Singapore for scheduled maintenance work at a world-renowned MRO facility.

All Rex Frontline Staff Now Vaccinated
Monday, November 1, 2021
Rex today announced all frontline staff on duty have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the first airline in Australia to reach this milestone. The several hundred vaccinated staff include pilots, flight attendants, customer service officers at airports and all other workers across the Rex domestic and regional networks who may need to interact with passengers face-to-face.

Rex Celebrates Melbourne-Adelaide Restart with $59 Fares
Friday, October 29, 2021
Rex today announced it would restart flights between Melbourne and Adelaide from November 26 with fares from just $59 one-way. The $59 fare for the two return flights a day is now on sale until November 14 for travel up to April 30, 2022. There are no Christmas holiday travel blackout dates.

Rex Launches Sale with No Christmas Blackout Period
Monday, October 25, 2021
In an unprecedented move Rex today announced a raft of sale fares with no Christmas holiday blackout dates to celebrate the re-opening of its domestic network from November 15. The domestic network-wide sale with no Christmas black out period also extends to regional holiday destinations as the airline ramps up NSW intrastate flying.

Rex Restores NSW Regional Flights from November 15
Monday, October 25, 2021
Rex today unveiled plans to increase capacity and reinstate suspended services on key NSW regional routes from November 15. In an unprecedented move, Rex also announced a range of sale fares with no Christmas holiday blackout dates to celebrate the re-opening.

Further Extension to Suspension of Services and Stand Downs
Monday, September 27, 2021
In the light of the current rate of infection, the announced intentions of the various State Governments concerning lockdowns and border closures and the need for lead time for advanced ticket sales, Rex today announced that it is left with no option but to extend the suspension of its domestic services and reduction of regional services up until 31 October 2021. This will also mean an extension of the stand down period for staff up until this time.

Rex Moves To Make Vaccinations Mandatory For Frontline Staff
Monday, September 20, 2021
Rex said today all of the airline’s frontline, customer-facing staff would be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 1 November 2021, the first Australian airline to achieve that goal. This would include company employees working at check-in and all pilots and cabin crew across its regional and domestic networks. Passengers on Rex flights can be reassured that the compulsory staff vaccination policy will mean that they will be travelling in the safest possible circumstances. .

Rex Announces FY21 Results
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
The Regional Express (Rex) Group today released its preliminary final report announcing a statutory Profit Before Tax (PBT) loss of $7.2 million (M). The Underlying Loss Before Tax is $18.4M after excluding mark-to-market adjustments related to the funding agreement entered into with PAG. Revenue was down 20% to $256.2M from $321.8M in the prior year.

Rex and Flight Centre Travel Group Take-Off with New Commercial Agreement
Monday, August 16, 2021
Rex today announced it has signed an agreement with the Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) which has significantly extended the airline’s consumer reach and commercial footprint in the aviation industry.

Rex Moves to Protect Job Security
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Rex said today it had been forced to temporarily adjust employment numbers because of the extended lockdowns and border closures caused by the pandemic.

Rex Revises Profit Guidance
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Further to the profit guidance provided by Rex on 9 June 2021, which forecast a profit before tax loss of $15m for the Financial Year (FY) 2021, Rex is now giving a revised profit guidance based on up-to-date information.

Rex Appoints Legal Team to Pursue Legal Remedies for Qantas Anti Competitive Behaviour
Monday, August 2, 2021
Rex today announced the appointment of market-leading litigation law firm Clayton Utz to pursue all legal remedies in response to Qantas' predatory and anti-competitive behaviour. Mr Fred Prickett will be leading the Clayton Utz litigation team, joined by Rex’s other competition advisors Ms Rachel Trindade and former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Commissioner Dr Rhonda Smith. Rex’s legal team will explore all legal avenues to stop Qantas from abusing its market position in order to push its competitors out.

Rex Considers Launching Legal Action Against Qantas For Predatory Actions
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Rex said today it was seeking legal advice on its legal remedies in the face of Qantas’ anti-competitive behaviour in the form of capacity dumping and predatory practices.

Rex Implements Capacity Reductions Due to COVID Restrictions
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Rex announced today reductions in services to cities and regional communities that are affected by extensive State border closures and/or lockdowns. Domestic and Regional routes on Rex’s network in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania will be either temporarily suspended or greatly reduced until the end of the State Government imposed border closures and/or lockdowns. Affected passengers who booked directly with Rex can go online to Rex’s COVID Refund Portal. The automated portal will refund all eligible tickets and the money will be returned to the original form of payment within a few days. Customers who booked through a travel agent can still log on to our COVID Refund Portal for instructions on how to expedite a refund through the travel agents.

Rex Backs Sweeping Reforms To Better Protect Passengers
Friday, July 9, 2021
Rex today endorsed calls for a change to Australian consumer laws to make it easier for airline passengers to get COVID-related refunds. Rex leads the industry by example and has a COVID Refund Guarantee which guarantees a full refund for passengers whose flight plans are directly impacted by COVID-related lockdowns and border closures, even if Rex is still operating the particular flights.

Rex Subsidiary Pel-Air to Procure 2 Pilatus Jets For NSW Ambulance Fixed Wing Air Ambulance
Friday, July 2, 2021
As announced by the New South Wales Government on 22 June 2021, funds for the new budget year have been allocated for NSW Ambulance (NSWA) to secure an improved mix of aircraft in their Air Ambulance fleet. Rex subsidiary Pel-Air will be adding two new Pilatus PC-24 jets to the NSWA Fixed Wing air ambulance services contract.

Rex Creates Dedicated Portal for Covid Refunds
Friday, July 2, 2021
In an initiative that is unprecedented within the aviation industry, Rex has created a dedicated online automated portal for COVID refund requests that will ensure eligible tickets are refunded to the passenger’s bank within 7 days of request.

Rex Secures Two Additional Boeing 737-800NGs
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Rex today announced it had signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a lessor for the lease of two Boeing 737-800NGs. The two aircraft are expected to arrive in late August, increasing the 737 fleet to eight, and are scheduled to enter service on Rex’s domestic network in September.

Rex Provides Update on Sydney Services
Monday, June 28, 2021
Rex today moved to reassure passengers the airline was still operating to and from Sydney despite the NSW Government’s enforced two-week lockdown.

Rex Lands in Canberra from Melbourne
Thursday, June 24, 2021
The first Rex jet service between Melbourne and Canberra landed in the national capital this afternoon.

ACCC Heightened Concerns Over Qantas and Virgin Australia Behaviour
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Rex welcomes the increased scrutiny, highlighted in its latest monitoring report on 17 June 2021, that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is bringing to bear on Qantas and Virgin Australia over their increases in capacity and price discounting on routes in competition with Rex.

Rex Signs Engine Deal
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
REX Airlines (RAL) signed an agreement to purchase a CFM56 Engine from MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V, a subsidiary of MTU Aero Engines, on 21 Jun 2021.

Rex Melbourne-Canberra Update
Friday, June 11, 2021
Rex today announced it had been forced to further delay the launch flights between Melbourne and Canberra until Thursday, June 24.

Rex Acquires Boeing 737 Simulator
Friday, June 11, 2021
Rex today announced the acquisition of a Boeing 737 Full Flight Simulator (B737 FFS) from Boeing US Training & Flight Services L.L.C. The B737 FFS satisfies the Qualification Level D requirements promulgated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and will be used for type ratings, recurrent training and proficiency checks. It is also certified for Upset Recovery Training (UPRT) and can be configured for a number of variants of the B737, including B737-800, B737-700 and B737 Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).

Rex Melbourne-Canberra Route Update
Friday, June 4, 2021
Rex today announced a short delay with the commencement of servicing the Melbourne to Canberra route due to the extended lockdown in the Victorian capital. The new Rex Boeing 737-800NG jet service between Melbourne and Canberra which was due to begin next Thursday (June 10), will now commence on the Friday of the following week (June 18).

Rex COVID Refund Guarantee
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Rex today publicised its COVID Refund Guarantee in full-page newspaper advertisements in Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra to reinforce the airline’s refund policy.

ASIC Infringement Notice
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Rex has received an ASIC Infringement Notice alleging that Rex contravened section 674(2) of the Corporations Act in the period from 11 May 2020 to 12 May 2020 inclusive by failing to lodge material information with ASX prior to informing the public as required under ASX Listing Rules 3.1.

Rex Launches Melbourne-Canberra Flights
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Rex today announced it would begin flying between Melbourne and Canberra from June 10, operating a twice-daily return service on a Boeing 737-800NG jet.

Rex Successful In Appeal Against Recusal Decision
Monday, May 17, 2021
Rex announces that it has been successful in an appeal against the decision of Deputy President Boyce of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) not to recuse himself for a hearing between Rex and its employee.

Rex Welcomes Watchdog Scrutiny On Capacity Dumping
Monday, May 10, 2021
Rex today applauded the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) move to scrutinise massive capacity dumping on both domestic and regional air routes.

Rex Offers Airfares Cheaper than a Bus Ticket
Monday, May 3, 2021
Rex today unveiled an incredible $39 fare between Sydney and Melbourne (Tullamarine), the lowest fare the two capital cities have ever seen for full-service flights. This unprecedented offer is even cheaper than the cost of catching a bus between the two capital cities and will be valid for travel till 28 August.

Rex Jet Fleet Continues to Grow
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Rex has taken delivery of another Boeing 737-800 NG, the sixth to join the airline’s growing fleet of jet aircraft. The 737, with the registration VH-RYU, touched down in Sydney after emerging from the lessor’s paint facility adorned in the distinctive Rex livery. Rex has taken delivery of another Boeing 737-800NG, the sixth to join the airline’s growing fleet of jet aircraft.

Rex Flights To Boost Canberra’s Economy By $191 Million
Monday, April 19, 2021
The launch today of flights between Sydney and Canberra will provide a direct annual economic boost of nearly $200 million to the national capital, according to data analysis by respected public policy evaluation and consultancy firm, Urbis.

Rex's New Canberra Lounge
Friday, April 16, 2021
Rex today announced that it had concluded an agreement with Canberra Airport for the temporary use of the former International Lounge from next Monday, April 19.

Adelaide Joins Rex Domestic Jet Network
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Rex jet flights between Melbourne and Adelaide began today heralding a new era for competition on the route with special one-way launch fares from just $55. The inaugural Boeing 737-800NG flight was met by government leaders, airport executives and the Hon John Sharp AM, the airline’s Deputy Chairman.

Rex to Launch Canberra Flights
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Rex today announced the airline would fly between Canberra and Sydney from April 19 next month with fares from just $99 one way.

Rex Pledges Support for Port Macquarie
Monday, March 22, 2021
Rex today announced it would provide emergency assistance to flood-ravaged Port Macquarie just days ahead of the airline’s launch of flights to the regional city on 28 March. Rex has advised the Mayor, Peta Pinson, that it will allocate a budget of $500,000 for Council to use at its discretion for purchase of flights on Rex to benefit local residents affected by the deluge, as well as to benefit organisations involved in relief and recovery efforts.

Rex Restores Key Regional Routes
Monday, March 22, 2021
Rex today announced it will continue to operate several routes which had been earlier earmarked for closure at the end of this month. This follows the unexpected decision by the Federal Government to continue the Regional Aviation Network Support (RANS) program until end September 2021. The five affected routes are from Sydney to Bathurst, Cooma, Lismore and Grafton; and Adelaide to Kangaroo Island.

Rex Thru-Fares Brings Significant Benefits to Regional Australia
Friday, March 19, 2021
To celebrate the commencement and expansion of Rex’s domestic services, Rex has introduced special thru-fares connecting Rex’s vast regional network with its new domestic routes.

Rex subsidiary Pel-Air takes delivery of second aircraft for NSW Air Ambulance Service
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Rex announces that its subsidiary, Pel-Air, has taken delivery of the second of five Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft for the NSW Ambulance Air Ambulance service, commencing operations in January 2022.

Rex Announces Additions to Boeing 737 Fleet
Monday, March 8, 2021
Rex has taken delivery of two more Boeing 737-800NGs from its lessor on 26 February 2021, after the aircraft’s scheduled heavy maintenance checks at the lessor’s designated engineering facility. With the addition of these two aircraft, Rex now has a fleet of four 737-800NGs on its AOC.

Rex Expands Domestic Jet Services
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Easter comes early for Adelaide and the Gold Coast as they have been chosen by Rex to receive domestic jet services just in time for the Easter rush.

Rex Reveals New Regional Network Strategy
Monday, February 22, 2021
Rex announces that it will embark on a major revamp of its regional route network in response to aggressive predatory moves by Qantas into thin regional routes serviced by Rex.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Rex has announced that the Western Australian Government has granted Rex an extension on its current deed of agreement to operate the Perth-Albany and Perth-Esperance routes until 30 June 2023.

Rex Announces $49 Fares for Sydney to Melbourne
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
To celebrate the launch of Rex’s domestic jet services between Sydney and Melbourne, Rex is offering never seen before business class fares for just $199 and economy fares at an unbelievable $49.

Rex Shareholders Endorse PAG Investment Deal
Friday, January 29, 2021
Rex shareholders have overwhelmingly endorsed the airline’s investment deal with PAG to fund its domestic operations, starting on March 1.

Rex Celebrates Australia Day In Sydney With Flypast
Monday, January 25, 2021
In celebration of Australia Day, Rex will be conducting a flypast over Sydney Harbour and its beaches in one of its Boeing 737-800NGs sporting its new Rex livery.

Rex Refreshes Uniform For Domestic Launch
Saturday, January 23, 2021
As Rex’s inaugural domestic services between Sydney and Melbourne fast approach, Rex today unveils its refreshed cabin crew uniforms.

Rex's Commitment to COVID Refunds
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Rex today reiterates its commitment to refund all tickets for flights affected by COVID-19, as the Nation experiences further restrictions and State border closures.

Rex Supports National Cabinet Mandating Of Face Masks Onboard
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Rex has offered its full support of National Cabinet’s decision to make face masks mandatory on all Australian domestic and international flights.

Rex Condemns Malicious Rumour from its Detractors
Monday, January 4, 2021
Rex is setting the record straight with regard to an inaccurate article in a daily newspaper captioned “Rex seeking to employ overseas pilots to fly domestic routes”.