Our story

The name National Jet Express is synonymous with pioneering and excellence in the field of aviation.

An Australian success story

In 1990, a group of Australian entrepreneurs founded National Jet Systems (NJS) to provide services to pioneering oil and gas producer Santos. They established a high-capacity closed-charter jet service to a mine site – pioneering the introduction of fly-in, fly-out services using jet aircraft in South Australia.

The operation started with one aircraft flying from Adelaide to Moomba and Jackson with a team of 15
employees. This operation set the foundation for future relationships, and subsequent contracts, which has ultimately led to us becoming the organisation that we are today, with operations spanning both South Australia and Western

In 2000, Jet Systems Group was acquired by Cobham plc, a global aerospace technology company founded by Sir Alan Cobham and rebranded as Cobham Aviation Services. The organisation experienced further growth with the alignment of the Australian and UK based aviation services businesses.

In 2020, Cobham plc was acquired by leading global private equity firm Advent International, and it then operated as Cobham Aviation Services, a standalone business in Australia with its own Board of Directors.

In September 2022, Cobham’s charter and FIFO business was purchased by Regional Express (the Rex Airlines Group), and is now a separate entity to Cobham’s Special Mission business.

Cobham’s charter and FIFO business will continue to operate as it has always done as part of the Rex Airlines Group, and is now known as National Jet Express

Rex Airlines Group Fleet

 In addition to NJE’s fleet of Q400 and E190 aircraft, Rex Airlines group offer further aircraft for charter, namely the Saab 340B (33-34 seats) and Boeing 737-800NG (170-176 seats)

Saab 340B

 Versatile turboprop able to operate into a wide range of regional and remote airports around Australia:

  • 33-34 seats in a 1-2 configuration and full stand-up cabin
  • Fully pressurised with a toilet and inflight catering
  • 2 pilots / 1 flight attendant
  • 61 aircraft in the fleet, with major bases in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns
  • Range of 1,490km


Boeing 737-800NG


Modern jet aircraft servicing capital city and major regional airports around Australia:

  • 170-176 seats in 2 classes:
    • 2-2 configuration (business class – 8 seats)
    • 3-3 configuration (economy class – 162-168 seats)
  • 2 toilets
  • Full hot and cold galley facilities
  • 2 pilots / 4 flight attendants
  • Inflight wifi and entertainment available on select aircraft
  • Long range capability means the aircraft is able to operate nonstop between most major cities in Australia

In 2020 we celebrated
30 years of flying in Australia.