IATA Code: YC, ICAO Code: FWQ, Known As: Flight West Airlines, Full Name: Flight West Airlines Pty Ltd., Country: Australia, Callsign: Flight West
Brief History of Flight West Airlines:
Flight West Airlines was established by Sir Dennis Buchanan in 1987 to operate subsidised passenger services to remote communities on Queensland Government contracts.
Initially the airline used Beechcraft King Air aircraft on these services from a base in Brisbane, and then quickly expanded, adding DHC-6 Twin Otters and an EMB 110 to the fleet. A second base was established in Cairns. It was soon operating the most extensive network of routes throughout regional Queensland.
From bases in Brisbane, Townsville and Carins it served major cities and small regional communities throughout the state including communities on Cape York Peninsula and in the Torres Strait, major coastal cities and islands, and cities and towns in western Queensland.
Flight West Airlines went into voluntary liquidation on the 19th June 2001
Most of the assets of Flight West, including the Fokker jets and the Embraer EMB 120s were purchased by Queensland Airline Holdings, the parent company of Alliance Airlines. Alliance Airlines operated the Fokker 100s on selected charter routes from Brisbane, Townsville and Mount Isa for a period of time before suspending these regular services and operating ad hoc charter services.
Flight West Safety Cards:
Flight West King Air Super 200 Safety Card x 2.
This safety card is cardboard and is not laminated which is very unusual. Has information regarding: Take off and landing, oxygen mask, life jackets, brace position and emergency exits.
Production Notes: Nil, Acquisition Date: 2006, Production Date: Nil, Height: 300 mm, Width: 160 mm.
Flight West Safety on Board Fokker F28 -4000.
Has information regarding: Take off and landing, oxygen mask, life jackets, brace position and emergency exits. This card is very thin compared to most other safety cards.
Production Notes: Acquisition Date: 2006, Production Date: 5 – 1995, Height: 290 mm, Width: 201 mm