Guinea Airways

IATA Code: -

ICAO Code: -

Known As: Guinea

Full Name: Guinea Airways Pty Ltd

Country: Australia

Call sign: -




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Brief History


Originally started under the name Guinea Gold, with a DH37 biplane called 'Old Faithful', Guinea Airways Ltd was registered on 4th November, 1927.

During the next few years the company was to become the world's leading freight operator, carrying huge loads by 1930 standards, including complete motor cars. With a fleet of 4 aircraft Guinea could carry around 16 tonnes a day.

In February, 1937 Guinea Airways commenced a weekly service between Adelaide and Darwin, and for a short time operated from Adelaide to Sydney, but this route was abandoned when the Darwin service increased to 3 times a week.

In 1938 Guinea Airways won the Royal Mail Darwin to Adelaide trunk route. With their base in Adelaide they expanded into South Australian country areas.

With the start of WW II the Darwin route became a life line to the southern states. In January 1942 the Japanese bombed the company's head  quarters at Lae, and they lost  the bulk of the fleet of 15 aircraft. After the war they were prevented from resuming operations in New Guinea.

The Australian Labour Government policy was to nationalise airlines,Thus Guinea Airways were unable to return to operations in New Guinea and the profitable Adelaide to Darwin service was taken away and passed on to Trans Australian Airlines (TAA).

Guinea Airways began co-operating as a junior partner with Australian National Airways.(ANA)
The early post war years saw the reduction of Guinea Airways from one of the world's leading prewar freight operators to a small registered airline.

From 1929 to 1942 Guinea Airways had carried 105,314 passengers and 73,480 tons of freight.
Guinea Airways started with one aeroplane and ₤50,000 capital and had operated without any government subsidy.

Merger proposals submitted by Australian National Airways were rejected by shareholders, although ANA virtually became managing agents. Ansett Transport Industries Limited (ATI) acquired ANA and so Guinea Airways made an arrangement with TAA on the 1st July, 1958 to receive the services previously made available by ANA. This led to a successful take over offer on the 1st July, 1959 by ATI (Ansett). Guinea Airways became Airlines of S.A. (ASA) on 17th January 1960.

Airlines of S.A. were taken over by Ansett on the 28th June, 1986.

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Accident History


Date
Registration
Aircraft Type
Location
Fatalities
20JUL1944
VH-UBN
De Havilland DH.89
Mount Kitchener
7
13FEB1944
VH-CXI
Lockheed 14 Electra
Adelaide
0
21APR1942
VH-ADY
Lockheed 14 Electra
Darwin
12
23OCT1941
VH-UTB
Ford 5
Wau
0
15SEP1941
VH-ULJ
De Havilland DH.60
Wau
0
18DEC1939
VH-UXI
Lockheed 10 Electra
Darwin
0
18JAN1939
VH-ABI
Lockheed 14 Electra
Katherine
4
27AUG1937
VH-URC
Stinson Reliant
Wau
1
20AUG1935
VH-UQJ
De Havilland DH.61
Wau
0
13JUL1935
VH-UKL
De Havilland DH.60
Kiapit
0
26DEC1932
VH-UMJ
De Havilland DH.60
Wau
2
22MAY1931
VH-UNR
Junkers W.34
Wampit
1
17JAN1931
VH-UJD
Junkers W.34
Wampit
0
07OCT1930
VH-UHJ
De Havilland DH.60
Bulolo
0
06MAR1930
VH-UGZ
Junkers W.34
Wau
0
03MAR1928
G-AUFB
De Havilland DH.9
Wau
0
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