Coast company can get our pollies airborne
A SUNSHINE Coast company with 150 staff and a fleet of 10 twin-engine, turbine-jet, fixed-wing aircraft says it could have easily addressed LNP leader Tim Nicholls' transport problems if someone had bothered to give them a call.
The McDermott Aviation Group - Machjet - is Australia's largest privately-owned and operated aviation company.
Its fixed-wing company Machjet was used by former Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss when he was leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister.
Mr Nicholls' camp has blamed a tight travel budget of $340,000 and the Premier's deliberate timing for its claim only one plane was available at the start of the election campaign at a cost of $100,000 which would have allowed him to fly out of the state's southeast and into the regions.
Simon McDermott, of the Sunshine Coast family-owned aviation business, emailed Mr Nicholls' office immediately he heard the claim but has been unable to secure a booking or even the opportunity to quote.
"I hope the aircraft they secured are owned by a Queensland business," he said.
Machjet was the first company to base a state-of-the-art Aero medical jet at the Sunshine Coast Airport capable of flying both internationally and domestically to evacuate ill or injured patients.