The TAA Fleet
Air travel was changing rapidly, and in the late seventies, the government deregulated the industry allowing both airlines to act independently and each major airline was again presented with challenges similar to those of the 1940s and 50s.
TAA looked to the future seeking an aircraft that would take them into the new millennium.
Without the previous restrictions and regulations, and after long and precise deliberations TAA selected the AIRBUS A300B4.
TAA had assessed the following aircraft for inclusion in its fleet. The Boeing 767, the Lockheed L1011, the Douglas DC10, AIRBUS A300B4, AIRBUS A310, and a proposal by Boeing for a new 727-300 (a larger) series Boeing 727, the Douglas DC9-80 and the Boeing 737, all of which were already in service with major airlines, except the Boeing 727-300.
TAA needed an aircraft that would carry approximately 250 passengers, be capable of uplifting standard B747 cargo containers, have the capability to providing 2-stage catering for passengers, and maintain a ground turnaround time of 45 minutes.
It could carry the majority of containers in the same configuration as the B747. The choice proved to be a winner as this was the only true wide-bodied aircraft to be operated by an AUSTRALIAN domestic airline
The AIRBUS A300 an aircraft had been in service since 1972, had an exceptional reputation for reliability and was accepted around the world as a good short haul, medium to large passenger capacity, and excellent cargo carrying capacity.
These aircraft would remain the major aircraft until 1993, when by government direction, AUSTRALIAN Airlines would be merged with QANTAS, and a new era began.
The Boeing 737 was introduced with the name change to Australian Airlines and various versions of the 737 were put into service with Australian.
History records that it was TAA which was a prime-mover in the opening-up of the national Australian Airways Network, and that during its 47 years of operation, TAA had paid in excess of $215,000,000 to the government in dividends and loan payments, justifying its existence and the faith shown in its establishment in 1946