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Air Link celebrates 50 years

Air Link Pilot Terri Warne behind controls of Piper Chieftain. Photo TWH

Air Link, Dubbo’s local airline, is proudly celebrating its 50th anniversary of serving the people of Dubbo and western NSW with vital air services.

Established in February 1974 by Olaf Weyand as an aircraft charter operator, the airline has become an integral part of regional transport, fostering community support and connectivity in the NSW outback.

Air Link was transformed under the stewardship of Dubbo local David Miller who acquired the company in 1989 and grew operations to include passenger services in 1991 after Hazelton Airlines sold their western NSW routes.

David Miller’s vision saw the local airline flying a Beech 1900D turbo-prop aircraft between Sydney and Dubbo with connections to Cobar, Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Walgett, and Lighting Ridge.

Regional Express purchased Air Link in 2005 and continued to operate the airline under the Air Link brand until 2018 when REX sold Air Link to current owners, Sydney based company Aviation Logistics.

Aviation Logistics Executive Directors, Matthew Kline and Mark Wardrop, were in Dubbo this week to pay tribute to the previous owners and thank the people of western NSW for their support over the past five decades.

Matthew Kline said that Air Link was proud to have re-established scheduled flights between Dubbo, Bourke, Walgett, and Lightning Ridge almost five years ago.

“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, I would like to acknowledge the ongoing support we have received from the people of Dubbo, Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Bourke and many other regional towns that we service,” Mr Kline said. […]

Read more in the printed edition of The Western Herald.

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