Eastern Australia Airlines - Airline Information
Eastern Australia Airlines Pty. Ltd., a Sydney-based regional domestic airline, is a subsidiary company of Australian flag carrier, Qantas Airways that flies to 16 destinations under the QantasLink network.
Flying from its primary hub at the Sydney Airport and its secondary hub at the Melbourne Airport, Eastern Australia Airlines was founded in 1949 and began its operations under the name of Tamworth Air Taxi Service (eventually shortened to Tamair) with a single one-pilot aircraft that plied New South Wales and Queensland farming community routes. By 1987, after considerable expansion and mergers with other small commuter air operators, Eastern Australia Airlines came into its present name.
By 1992, when Qantas Airways bought Australian Airlines, which had a 26% stake in Eastern Australia Airlines, it automatically became a Qantas Airways subsidiary.
Eastern Australia Airlines currently flies to Albury, Armidale, Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Lord Howe Island, Moree, Port Macquarie, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga from Sydney; Adelaide, Devonport, Launceston and Mildura from Melbourne; Port Lincoln from Adelaide, and Lord Howe Island from Port Macquarie. It ferries air passengers on its 20-strong fleet composed of 5 Bombardier Dash 8 200s and 15 Bombardier Dash 8 Q300s.