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Cobham’s FIFO deal with WA mine company

written by Adam Thorn | May 12, 2021
Cobham’s Bombardier Q400

Cobham has signed a two-year contract extension with mining company IGO to provide FIFO services to its Nova nickel, copper and cobalt mine in WA’s Goldfields region.

The business said it would use its Embraer E190 and the Bombardier Q400s, which output comparatively low carbon emissions.

IGO chief operating officer Matt Dusci said, “IGO has a strong focus on the sustainability of our operations and we are pleased that Cobham can offer aircraft that help support our continued drive to reduce carbon emissions.”

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Cobham regional services managing director Dean Brennan said that Cobham recognised the importance of sustainable FIFO options.

“This commitment to using our lowest carbon emission aircraft demonstrates how serious IGO is about making a difference and achieving sustainable outcomes,” he said.

In May last year, Australian Aviation reported how Qantas purchased Cobham’s National Jet Systems, taking 20 Boeing 717 aircraft back in-house.

The business had previously operated the fleet for 15 years on behalf of regional subsidiary QantasLink. The deal effectively killed the 10-year contract with National Jet Systems signed in 2016, however Cobham continues to operate cargo jets on behalf of Qantas freight.

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