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MinRes Air takes to the skies

MinRes Air

Mineral Resources’ (MinRes) new internal airline, MinRes Air, has taken to the skies for the first time with the inaugural flight landing in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The flight transported east coast-based fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) MinRes employees and contractors from Brisbane Airport to the company’s Wodgina and Ken’s Bore mine sites last week.

The A319 aircraft completed the 3600km cross-country journey from Brisbane to MinRes’ Wodgina lithium mine in five hours and 40 minutes.

The aircraft was refurbished to provide an extra 25cm of legroom to ensure MinRes’ FIFO workers travel in comfort.

MinRes Air is staffed by a highly experienced team of pilots, cabin crew, engineers and ground staff who have flown and worked across Australia and internationally.

“MinRes Air is one of the ways we are redefining the fly in, fly out employee experience by setting a new standard in the resources industry for facilities, food and flights,” MinRes people facilities and logistics executive general manager Bethanie Ibrahim said.

MinRes Air
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“This industry-first investment will improve safety and productivity by ensuring our people travel to and from site as quickly, conveniently and comfortably as possible.”

For the initial services, MinRes Air has partnered with Skytraders, an Australian-owned airline that has operated the Brisbane-Pilbara route for MinRes since January.

The weekly direct flights to and from Brisbane significantly reduced the travel time and cost for MinRes employees and contractors who live in Queensland or elsewhere on the east coast.

In the second phase of the rollout, flights between the MinRes Air terminal at Perth Airport and Ken’s Bore will launch in the near future to service the Onslow Iron project.

Onslow Iron, delivered its first shipment in May and is on track to ramp up to nameplate capacity of 35 million tonnes per year by June 2025.

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