In 1976 Southern Cross Aviation delivered its first aircraft, a single engine Cessna, from California to Australia by flying the same island-hopping route that Sir Charles Kingford-Smith used in his 1928 pioneering trans-Pacific flight. Our fledgling aircraft ferrying service both celebrated Sir Charles’ daring achievement and began to create a foundation from which to build its own place in aviation history.
Our company name, Southern Cross, pays tribute to the record-setting Fokker Trimotor flown by Sir Charles and also makes reference to the emblematic star formation visible only in the southern skies. Since our adventuresome early days ferrying small aircraft to Australia, Southern Cross Aviation has expanded to a truly worldwide aircraft delivery company.
In the last 40 years, our pilots and crews have delivered thousands of aircraft of all types to over one hundred countries on six continents.
Today Southern Cross delivers more than 150 aircrafts and flight tests well over 100 aircraft annually. The types of aircraft vary from airliners such as Boeing 767s and Airbus 340s to commuter turboprops such as ATR-42s as well as executive jets. Our only business is aircraft delivery and flight testing. With over 5000 aircraft delivered, Southern Cross is the premier delivery system for all aircraft types.
Southern Cross has committed itself to the highest standard of service and qualifications. Therefore we continuously invest in training and modern state of the art equipment. Our crews are regularly route-checked to assure optimal flying skills and an equally high level of knowledge. We strive to provide our clients with the most reliable and cost-effective solutions by continually meeting and exceeding their expectations.
Southern Cross is the name of the Fokker F.VIIb/3m trimotor monoplane which in 1928 was flown by Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew in the first ever trans-Pacific flight to Australia from the mainland United States, about 7,250 miles (11,670 km).