Impulse Airlines Ltd.

In April 2000, CVC Asia Pacific Funds led an institutional investment in Impulse Airlines Ltd. (‘Impulse’), an independent Australia passenger airline, providing low cost regional flights.

Impulse was established in 1992. The airline operated a network of regional routes throughout New South Wales. The network initially included routes to Armidale, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Tamworth.

In 1994, Impulse expanded its fleet and became the first Australian operator of the BAe Jetstream 41. In 2000, the airline acquired Boeing 717 jet aircraft and commenced operations as a low cost airline on Australia’s eastern seaboard routes in direct competition with Qantas and Ansett.

In April 2001, Impulse was absorbed into the QantasLink group of subsidiary airlines. Impulse ceased operations in May 2004 and was used as a vehicle upon which Qantas’ low cost airline Jetstar was launched in May 2004. The Impulse brand was later replaced with Jetstar whose today headquarters are found in Melbourne.

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Regional passenger airline