After so many airlines flying Canberra as part of a regional network have gone under (Rex, Brindabella), I was surprised to discover that there’s a brand new player doing the Canberra-Newcastle corridor.
Fly Pelican flies small 19-seater planes with propellers (to my airline-phobic concern) but while I would normally drive the six hours rather than fly, I had to get to north of Newcastle urgently at short notice.
Anyway, a great experience and a little airline that could do with Canberrans’ support. It has been running out of Canberra for only six weeks. Highlights of the flight (besides destination convenience) include: you can watch the pilots flying the plane as there’s a clear view through to the controls; and the plane flies below the clouds, so you get treated to a fantastic low-ish flying view of the landscape, all along the coast on the way south to past Sydney, and turning inland just past the Royal National Park.
I am not connected with FlyPelican in any way – just pleased to share that they are there for the Hunter/Canberra corridor and let’s keep them in business!