Kinetic expands operations in Western Australia with acquisition of Dingo Bus Charter

Posted: 13 June 2023 | | No comments yet

Kinetic’s acquisition of Dingo Bus Charter strengthens its position in Western Australia’s bus service market, fostering community connections and delivering safe, efficient transportation solutions with an expanded fleet.

Kinetic expands in Western Australia with acquisition of Dingo Bus Charter

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Kinetic has announced its acquisition of Perth bus company, Dingo Bus Charter, based in the North East of the city. This move signifies Kinetic’s commitment to growth in Western Australia, as it expands its operations in the region.

Dingo Bus Charter has established a strong reputation over its 15 years of operation, primarily offering school bus services under long-term contracts with the Western Australian Government and private entities. The company currently holds three contracts with the Public Transport Authority for school transportation and also provides charter bus services to schools, tourism and corporate clients.

Sarah Ismail, Kinetic Executive General Manager for Western Australia, said: “This signals our first government-contracted work in Western Australia and we are committed to building on the relationships created through Dingo to grow our existing charter operations and identify opportunities in other markets. From contracted bus services to specialist charter services supporting the resources sector, we’re passionate about our role connecting communities and getting people to where they want to go safely.”

The acquisition will bring Dingo’s fleet of 12 buses and 13 team members into the Kinetic family, solidifying the company’s presence in Western Australia.

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This expansion follows Kinetic‘s introduction of a new fleet of high-quality coaches at its High Wycombe depot in November 2022. In addition, Kinetic operates bus contracts in Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmania, New Zealand, UK, Europe and Singapore through a joint venture.

Kinetic is committed to supporting the decarbonisation of transport networks worldwide, and it aims to have a fleet of 1,000 battery electric buses (BEB) by the end of 2023, with 300 in Australasia alone. 

Director of Dingo Bus Charter, Ray Shortt, said: “It’s exciting for the team to be joining a company which shares our community values, and which demonstrates through ongoing investment and continuous improvement a clear customer-first approach. We’re incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the years with this team through our commitment to supporting local schools and supporting all of our other clients. This is the start of the next chapter for Dingo.”  

The sale is anticipated to conclude towards the end of June 2023.