This compilation lists many of the inovative Firsts which can be attributed to the operation of TAA within Australia.
Capt. Chapman with a DC4 operates the first double crossing of the Tasman in one day. Syd - Auckland - Syd.
The Convair 240 was the first pressurised airliner to operate in Australia
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.
TAA starts the first non-European Viscount service.
TAA introduced turbine powered aircraft with the Viscount.
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).
TAA introduced Economy class airtravel in Australia.
TAA operated Australia's first commercial helicopter service (Yarra Bank, Melbourne)
Introduced Packaged Holidays
TAA Viscount 700 VH-TVE world's first Vicount to reach 10,000 hours and later it reached 20,000 hours.
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.
First to carry one million passengers in a year, in Australia.
TAA New Guinea Poster - First photographic airline poster in the world to be produced in full colour by the silk screen process.
TAA's DC9 VH-TJJ, first aircraft into Tullamarine, excluding helicopters.
Boeing VH-TJB, first domestic jet to be fitted with new smokeless engines.
First scheduled domestic flight into Tullamarine was the Friendship VH-TQR, flight 205 Sydney to Melbourne.
TAA was first to introduce point to point timetables.
First to carry four million passengers in a year, in Australia.
TAA introduces MACS Australia's first motel/hotel Availability Control System.
TAA developed the incentive travel market.
TAA introduced Apex..
TAA introduced Take 7 packages using Apex.
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.
First to carry five million passengers in a year, in Australia.
TAA was the first major Australian domestic airline to employ male flight attendants.
TAA introduced the first "wide body" aircraft on Australian domestic routes with the Airbus A300.
TAA introduced a facility to receive ABC broadcasts on "in-flight" entertainment system.
TAA introduced Business Class on the Airbus.
TAA introduced Business Class on the Boeing and DC9 aircraft.
TAA introduced Rain-check.