Townsville firm wins another lu­cra­tive air­craft con­tract That’s a paint job

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

A TOWNSVILLE com­pany has won a lu­cra­tive con­tract to paint Qan­tasLink planes as part of the air­line’s re­brand­ing.

Fly­ing Colours Avi­a­tion will paint the 10 air­craft in its hangar at the Townsville Air­port over the next few months, with work ex­pected to be com­pleted by Novem­ber.

It’s un­der­stood the paint pro­gram could be worth more than $ 1 mil­lion.

The first Bom­bardier Dash 8 Q300 be­ing re­painted as part of the deal flew in from Syd­ney on Wed­nes­day, with the re­paint­ing job start­ing yes­ter­day.

The plane is be­ing stripped to its sil­ver shell be­fore re­paint­ing, a process ex­pected to take 12 days, 16 peo­ple and a total of 1100 man hours.

Fly­ing Colours Avi­a­tion manag­ing di­rec­tor Linda Arm­strong said the con­tract was a big win for Townsville.

“In prepa­ra­tion we have opened a sec­ond paint fa­cil­ity at Townsville Air­port mak­ing our op­er­a­tion the largest in the coun­try and Pa­cific re­gion,” she said.

“The sec­ond fa­cil­ity open for about a month.”

The busi­ness now em­ploys 43 has been staff, com­pared to just six when they came to Townsville in 2012, mov­ing up from Bris­bane to ac­cess larger fa­cil­i­ties. Ms Arm­strong said with the sec­ond hangar the com­pany would be work­ing on four air­craft each month, two in each hangar.

“Hav­ing the sec­ond hangar was some­thing we had been work­ing to­wards,” she said.

“Apart from the Qan­tas one, we’ve also won the New Zealand De­fence con­tract as well.”

The com­pany is hop­ing to drum up even more busi­ness, with a trip planned in late Oc­to­ber to the MRO Asia Pa­cific trade show in Sin­ga­pore.

“It’s a large mar­ket over in Asia and we want to see if we can at­tract more work from over there,” Ms Arm­strong said.

The Qan­tas com­mis­sion is part of a pro­gram to re­paint more than 200 Qan­tas and Qan­tasLink air­craft by 2020, with the up­dated logo un­veiled last Oc­to­ber.

Qan­tasLink chief oper­at­ing of­fi­cer Jenny Chamberlain said she was pleased the process of re­paint­ing the fleet was well un­der way.

“Cus­tomers and plane- spot­ters should keep an eye out for the up­dated fly­ing kan­ga­roo logo as more re­painted Qan­tasLink air­craft take to the skies,” she said.

BUSI­NESS FLY­ING: Linda Arm­strong in the hangar with an in­ter­na­tional mil­i­tary 757 air­craft ready for paint­ing. Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

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