Announcement Of Direct Flights Between Orange & Melbourne

Posted August 04, 2017

Orange | Fly Corporate
Saab 340 | Fly Corporate

Regional Airline Fly Corporate confirmed a further extension to their expanding network of air services with the announcement today of daily Monday to Friday direct flights between Orange NSW and Melbourne VIC.

Commencing on the 9th of October 2017, flights will operate Monday through Friday departing Orange at 9.50am and arriving at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport at 11.35am. The return service will depart Melbourne’s Essendon Airport at 12.20pm and arrive in Orange at 1.55pm.

Andrew Major, CEO of Fly Corporate, said “I am extremely pleased to be making this announcement today. Following commencement of our direct Brisbane to Orange flights in February this year, the requirement for a similar service between Melbourne and Orange was apparent. The success of the Brisbane service combined with consultation with stakeholders has provided the necessary impetus for the implementation of the new service. The proposed schedule will complement the existing strong ties between the two cities”.

Mr Major went on to say that “we have chosen to operate this service utilising Melbourne’s Essendon Airport. Essendon stood out for us with its close proximity to the Melbourne CBD as well as other great advantages, such as extremely economical car parking rates and no airport congestion. For passengers inbound to Melbourne wanting to connect on to other domestic and international destinations, there is a free shuttle bus connecting the two airports”.

In closing Mr Major said; “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Orange City Council, Essendon Airport Management and the many other stakeholders who have helped make today’s announcement of a new service connecting Melbourne and Orange a reality”.

Orange Mayor John Davis OAM is thrilled by the news of the new direct flights to Melbourne. “Orange is a very connected regional city and our business community is routinely travelling interstate,” Cr John Davis said. “For this group time is money, and these direct flights are going to save them so much time. A survey of passengers at the Orange airport found that Melbourne was the most requested destination, closely followed by Brisbane. It’s tremendous that since then an operator has come along who can meet this demand. Fly Corporate’s decision to open another route here adds another reason for new businesses to open in Orange,” Cr Davis said.

CEO of Essendon Airport Chris Cowan  said “The service by Fly Corporate to Orange is exactly the kind of service that will flourish at Essendon. Orange passengers will enjoy arriving the benefits of arriving at Essendon Airport especially the time savings, lack of congestion and the popular retail amenities on site. Fly Corporate is the 5th regional airline to choose Essendon as its Melbourne base mostly through word of mouth which is very encouraging. The team at Fly Corporate has been a delight to work with in planning this new route.”

Tickets are on sale from today at or travel agents with $259 one-way all-inclusive Web Deal fares available.

The airline and Council are planning a joint launch to welcome the new service, details TBA.

Fly Corporate’s network includes Armidale, Biloela (Thangool), Brisbane, Coffs Harbour, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri, Orange, Sydney and Tamworth.


Orange to Melbourne (Essendon) Timetable
Flight Depart Arrive Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Stops Effective From/To
FC332 0950 1135 0 9 Oct 17 to 24 Mar 18
Melbourne (Essendon) to Orange Timetable
Flight Depart Arrive Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Stops Effective From/To
FC333 1220 1355 0 9 Oct 17 to 24 Mar 18

Flights normally operated by Saab 340B Plus aircraft. Timetables are subject to change, the information provided should be used as a guide only. Subject to Regulatory Approval.

About Fly Corporate

Aiming to be an airline of choice for regional communities, Fly Corporate operates from Brisbane and Sydney to regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Safety, reliability and the desire to treat each customer with personalised, caring service are our highest priorities. Fly Corporate’s fleet is comprised of several highly reliable and fuel efficient 34 passenger seat Saab 340B Plus and 19 passenger seat Metro 23 turbo-prop aircraft.

Fly Corporate is owned by Corporate Air (established 1972) which is one of the largest and longest established air charter and aviation service providers based in eastern and southern Australia. Corporate Air offers you the confidence and surety that comes with over 40 years’ experience and an impeccable reputation within the aviation industry. Corporate Air is widely recognised for the delivery of safe, sustainable and high-quality services underpinned by industry leading operational standards. The Company possesses highly developed management systems together with well trained personnel fully supporting the principles of resilience and quality service delivery. The Company in line with Civil Aviation Safety Authority Regulations holds an ‘Airline’ Air Operator’s Certificate (Domestic and International).

Corporate Air is proud to be an Australian owned and operated business providing important services to regional communities.

For more information, contact: Geoff Woodham, Fly Corporate Sales Manager, Phone 0438 880 801