Air Transport World

Commuter/regional airline of the year: Kendell Airlines. (18th Annual Air Transport World Awards)

Wagga Wagga, Australia-based Kendell Airlines is distinctive for three reasons: It is the largest regional carrier in Australia and the only airline there to post a profit last year. it also is our 1991 Commuter/Regional Airline of the Year.

Last year, ATW found that Kendell's long-held reputation for providing reliable service throughout its network in southeastern and southern Australia is well-deserved. Here is a carrier that has capitalized on opportunities when they arose and scrambled for survival when necessary during its 20-year-plus history.

Kendell has come a long way since it operated 10 round-trip weekday flights from Wagga Wagga to Melbourne, using a Piper Navajo. …

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