Australia’s leading independent charter and ACMI airline. 

On April 3rd, 2023, ASL Aviation Holdings confirmed that it had acquired Australian airline, Pionair, Australia’s leading independent provider of charter and ACMI services. The Sydney based airline will continue to operate as a proudly Australian airline.

Over time Pionair will reinforce its Australian identity and was re-branded as ASL Airlines Australia in common with ASL Group’s European airlines ASL Airlines Ireland, ASL Airlines Belgium, ASL Airlines France and ASL Airlines United Kingdom.

The Pionair fleet of 12 aircraft, including Embraer E190-E2’s and Bae 146/Avro regional jets will joined the ASL Group’s fleet of 150 aircraft. ASL’s aircraft range from the Boeing 747 to the turbo prop ATR72-600 freighter and includes the largest Boeing 737 freighter fleet in Europe.

Established in 2000, Pionair offers passenger and cargo charter and ACMI services across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

With its headquarters and main operational hub based at Bankstown Airport, Sydney, Pionair has four other operating hubs across Australia in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns and Melbourne.

Since 2016 Pionair has been operating Cargo aircraft for TNT/FedEx first through Virgin Australia and currently through QANTAS. It has a diverse customer base and is currently the only operator in the region of the Embraer E190-E2 aircraft, which with its GTF engines has an extraordinary range and low fuel burn.

In addition to the modern E190-E2, Pionair owns and operates the largest fleet of commercially operated Bae146 / RJ type aircraft in the world, with the majority being freighters.

Pionair offers a business-to-business ACMI and Charter model, and supports many sectors such as Tourism, Air Cargo, Dangerous goods transport, FIFO (Fly in fly out) and additional capacity for regional carriers.

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Aircraft Types

Pionair Australia has 2 aircraft types

Bae 146/RJ

Embraer 190-E2