More bad news from the airline industry as Air Australia entered receivership on February 17 2012.

The Australian budget charter airline flew local Australian routes operating out of Brisbane and Melbourne and internationally to Bali, Phuket and Honolulu.

As many as 4,000 passengers are currently stranded including in Phuket and Honolulu with Qantas and JetStar both reported to be helping out.

The image below was shot in December 2011 with the Air Australia branding.

Air Administration

VH-YQB – Airbus A320-212 – Photo by Hans Fairhurst

Many passengers with advanced tickets, up to 100,000, may not be covered by their travel insurance as part of their ticket conditions!

Air Australia

Here is the current statement on the Air Australia website

The airline was founded in 2008 as Strategic Airlines and became Air Australia in November 2011.

On we tracked a couple of their last flights.

VA-YQA – Flight AGC663 from Melbourne to Brisbane –

VH-SSA – Flight AGC11 from Melboune to Honolulu –

The image below shows VH-SSA in Strategic Airlines livery captured in November 2011 shortly after the airline became Air Australia.

Airbus A330-200
VH-SSA – Airbus A330-200 – Photo by Brian Wilkes

Sadly these aircraft are all now indefinitely grounded and are unlikely to be seen in the skies or on Plane Finder any time soon.

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