Sharp Airlines

Sharp Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1990
Fleet size 14
Destinations 9
Company slogan Southern Australia's Regional Airline
Parent company Sharp Aviation Pty. Ltd.[1]
Headquarters Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
Key people Managing Director: Malcolm Sharp
Director: Peter Sobey

Sharp Airlines is a regional airline headquartered in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia and operating in the southern states of Australia. Its main bases are Portland Airport,[2] Adelaide Airport[3] and Launceston Airport. The airline also provides charter operations to regional Victoria and South Australia. The parent company Sharp Aviation has a flight training operation base at Hamilton Airport, and a maintenance base at Portland Airport.


Commencing airline operations using the Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain, the airline has continued to grow; acquiring Fairchild Metro aircraft to replace the Chieftains and adding Essendon Airport to the route network. In April 2008 it commenced services from a new Adelaide Airport base of operations to Port Augusta. In October 2009 Sharp Airlines commenced a trial period connecting Adelaide with Portland and Avalon Airport. In January 2010 it became a permanent addition to the flight schedule.[4] In October 2010 Sharp Airlines took over routes to Flinders Island from Launceston in Tasmania and Essendon Airport in Melbourne, Victoria from previous operator Airlines of Tasmania. In late 2011 flights to King Island from Launceston via Wynyard started twice daily.


Sharp Airlines Fairchild Metro III at Essendon Airport

Sharp Airlines operates the following scheduled services.[5][6]

The scheduled services are operated using the airline's Metro III and Metro 23 aircraft. It also operates charter services using a mix of other aircraft in the fleet as well as the Metros.


As of September 2016 the Sharp Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7]

Sharp Airlines fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
Cessna 172 1 3 Predominantly used for flight training purposes.
Cessna 182 1 3
Cessna 441 4 8
Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III 3 19
Fairchild SA227-DC Metro 23 4 19
Piper PA-34-220T Seneca IV 1 5 Used for flight training and charter.



1. ^ Sharp has no registered ICAO or IATA codes allocated, but uses 'SH' on all scheduling, ticketing and baggage (as an official IATA code would be). It is authorised by Airservices Australia to use this designator of "SH" for its flights instead of using aircraft registrations.

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