TAA - Significant Australian Firsts

This compilation lists many of the inovative Firsts which can be attributed to the operation of TAA within Australia.

26/02/1947

Capt. Chapman with a DC4 operates the first double crossing of the Tasman in one day. Syd - Auckland - Syd.

1948

The Convair 240 was the first pressurised airliner to operate in Australia

09/02/1954

Queen Elizabeth's flight, Newcastle to Evans Head on TAA Convair TAQ, was the first flight in Australia by a ruling British Monarch. The Queen and Prince Phillip made six flights on TAA aircraft during the 1954 Royal Tour of Australia.

12/1954

TAA starts the first non-European Viscount service.

TAA introduced turbine powered aircraft with the Viscount.

05/1955

Transair of May 1955 states that TAA Viscount TVF Ernest Giles, first Viscount in the world to be fitted with "slipper" tanks (for use on the Adelaide - Perth route).

10/1955

TAA introduced Economy class airtravel in Australia.

24/04/1956

TAA operated Australia's first commercial helicopter service (Yarra Bank, Melbourne)

1957

Introduced Packaged Holidays

08/1958

TAA Viscount 700 VH-TVE world's first Vicount to reach 10,000 hours and later it reached 20,000 hours.

02/1959

TAA, first Australian airline to win Cumberbatch trophy for "the best annual contribution to reliability in air-craft operation". Established in 1931 and awarded by the British Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.

1960

First to carry one million passengers in a year, in Australia.

07/10/1966

TAA New Guinea Poster - First photographic airline poster in the world to be produced in full colour by the silk screen process.

15/08/1967

TAA's DC9 VH-TJJ, first aircraft into Tullamarine, excluding helicopters.

05/07/1970

Boeing VH-TJB, first domestic jet to be fitted with new smokeless engines.

19/06/1971

First scheduled domestic flight into Tullamarine was the Friendship VH-TQR, flight 205 Sydney to Melbourne.

1971

TAA was first to introduce point to point timetables.

1975

First to carry four million passengers in a year, in Australia.

05/1976

TAA introduces MACS Australia's first motel/hotel Availability Control System.

1977

TAA developed the incentive travel market.

1978

TAA introduced Apex..

TAA introduced Take 7 packages using Apex.

25/09/1979

TAA's Boeing 727 TJB had a 35 min movie camera, in fibre-glass and aluminium protective housing, mounted to the plane tail, to obtain Australian landscape and coastal footage for the use of an advertising campaign. It is believed this was a world first.

1980

First to carry five million passengers in a year, in Australia.

04/02/1981

TAA was the first major Australian domestic airline to employ male flight attendants.

22/07/1981

TAA introduced the first "wide body" aircraft on Australian domestic routes with the Airbus A300.

19/07/1982

TAA introduced a facility to receive ABC broadcasts on "in-flight" entertainment system.

04/10/1982

TAA introduced Business Class on the Airbus.

18/01/1983

TAA introduced Business Class on the Boeing and DC9 aircraft.

10/1984

TAA introduced Rain-check.