Alliance Bags Jet Services Deal from Santos for Latter's Cooper Basin Ops

Australia's contract and ad hoc air charter services provider Alliance Aviation Services Limited (Alliance) announced Friday that it has signed a new contract with Santos Limited (Santos) for a 5 year period commencing March 1.

This new 5 year contract will require Alliance to commence jet services from Adelaide to Moomba in the Cooper Basin to serve the gas and oil operations of Santos. The initial requirement is for Alliance to operate between 10 and 16 services per week in its own right and to coordinate and manage airport operations and intra-field subcontracted flying.

Alliance Chief Executive Officer, Lee Schofield said, "This new contract adds to services that Alliance have provided to Santos in Queensland since 2006. We remain passionate about long term relationships which have always been developed from a foundation of industry leading operational performance and outstanding customer service. This is the reason why Alliance retains and wins long term contracts.

This new business expands the company's operations in South Australia and is the first material contract in the oil and gas sector for Alliance. With the economic challenges this sector is currently experiencing, Alliance is ideally positioned to offer proven operational performance along with flexible and cost effective solutions.

Schofield added, "This contract was won in partnership with Avmin Air Charter Specialists to provide Santos with a total package including ground support and airport management at both Mooba and Ballera."

Alliance will release its half year results on Monday Feb. 15.

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