|1980s AUSTRALIAN AIRLINERS
A selection of my photographs taken during the decade
|During the 1980s
Ansett Airlines of Australia participated in the annual Easter airshows
at Mangalore in country Victoria.
This was the Ansett flypast at the April 1985 show: BAe146 leads Boeing 737, 727 and 767. Happy days
|A spirited display by Ansett Boeing 737 VH-CZQ at the April 1983 Mangalore show
|Ansett Airlines Boeing 767 VH-RMG turns in for a solo display at Mangalore April 1983
|Boeing 767 VH-RMG Mangalore April 1983
|Boeing 767 VH-RMD at Mangalore April 1984
|Boeing 767 VH-RMD Mangalore April 1985. Stairs and ground equipment were transported from Melbourne Airport
|Boeing 737-277 VH-CZQ at Mangalore April 1983
|The other player in Australia's Two Airline Policy was TAA. Boeing 727-276 VH-TBL at Perth June 1981
|Central Australian promotional scheme on TAA Boeing 727-276 VH-TBK. Perth November 1980
|TAA introduced the A300 Airbus. The first of the order, VH-TAA seen on an early service to Perth in July 1981
|TAA withdrew its last Fokker F.27 Friendships in the early 1980s.
VH-TQP in a row of retired TAA Friendships at Melbourne Airport in April 1983 awaiting resale
|TAA changed name in 1986 to Australian Airlines. and introduced this attractive new scheme.
VH-TBQ at Perth in February 1988 as Australian, while the Airbus behind still wears TAA markings
|Boeing 737-376 VH-TAW in the new Ausralian Airlines scheme at Perth in June 1987
NSW Regional operator East West Airlines began the decade with an all Friendship fleet.
VH-EWO on a scheduled service at Albury NSW in September 1984
|East West Airlines introduced a new colour scheme, as shown on Friendship VH-EWU in February 1984
|East West Airlines introduced Fokker F.28 Fellowships in 1984 and developed interstate routes. VH-EWD at Perth in May 1985
Back to Ansett. Sir Reginald Ansett said the DC-9 was his favourite aircraft and the most economical airliner he ever operated.
VH-CZG at Perth in May 1981
|Boeing 737-277 VH-CZU at the Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, north Queensland in September 1984
|Ansett F.27 Friendship VH-FNO at Melbourne Airport in October 1983
|Ansett associate Airlines of NSW was rebadged as Air NSW with this "Yellow Canary" scheme early in the 1980s.
F.27 VH-FCA at Perth on a charter June 1982
Air NSW had changed to standard Ansett "Southern Cross"scheme by 1985 when this former MMA F.28 Fellowship VH-FKA
was used on NSW routes. Seen ready to depart Perth on delivery to Sydney on 19 August 1985
|Air NSW F.27s were replaced by Fokker 50s. Here's VH-FNE in October 1988
|Ansett associate Airlines of South Australia F.27 VH-FNP was chartered to bring enthusiasts to the 1984 Mangalore airshow
|MMA became Airlines of WA and then Ansett W.A. Refer 1980s Perth Airport in this series for picture coverage.
Ansett W.A. Fokker F.28 Fellowship VH-FKC at Geraldton WA in August 1987
A new operation was Ansett N.T., based at Darwin, Northern Territory.
Their F.28 VH-FKF was being used by Ansett WA in August 1987 when I got this night shot at Geraldton WA
|Non-airline users of Fokker aircraft included this former Department of Civil Aviation F.27 VH-CAT seen at Essendon
in July 1988 being used by CSIRO on research tasks, crewed by East West pilots.
|Australian Aircraft Sales had parked this former Air New Zealand F.27 ZK-NAH at Melbourne Airport in April 1984.
It became VH-NLS with Aircruising Australia the following year, flying holiday air tours
Lloyd Aviation in Adelaide purchased this new F.28 VH-LAR in 1985 to carry personnel to the Moomba gas fields in the north
of South Australia, as Australia's first dedicated jet FIFO operation. Adelaide Airport February 1988
|DCA had become Department of Transport Air Transport Group by 1977 when it purchased three F.28s to replace its F.27s.
Here's VH-ATG taxying at Essendon in May 1981 for another radio navaid checking mission
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