Sharp was established in 1990 as an aviation company focused on Australia’s Southeast region. From a modest start with just one single engine aircraft and two staff, it currently employs 70 fulltime and part time staff throughout its bases.
During the formative years from 1990 – 2000 Sharp Airlines concentrated on the Airline Cadet Training School and Charter business. The intention was always to develop a commercial pilot cadetship providing more than one licence, ensuring the trainees ended up with a pathway to a future career rather than just a qualification.
The goal to provide a career pathway is a key factor in the success of the airline with Sharp Airline cadets working in all major airlines in Australia and around the world.
In 2001 Sharp successfully moved into the regular public transport (RPT) services upgrading from the Chieftan piston 10 seater aircraft to the new 19 seater Metroliners. Over the following ten years, services were expanded to include Adelaide to Port Augusta as the solely licenced operator on that route and utilising the new T1 terminal facilities at Adelaide Airport.
With ever expanding passenger profile, parallel development occurred with freight services. Today we offer a same day delivery service unmatched by other freight providers. In 2012 the focus moved to tourism and development of holiday packages to key Sharp destinations.
The Sharp story is one of a clear vision, a commitment to excellence and an ability to respond to the rapidly changing sector that is the airline industry. Today Sharp is recognised for its reputation as a leader in regional aviation services. Remaining a locally owned regional business, the Sharp team has built a national profile as a world class product with a personal touch.