Southern Cross Airways


ICAO Code: -

Known As: Southern Cross

Full Name: Southern Cross Airways Pty Ltd

Country: Australia

Call sign: -

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Brief History

Southern Cross Airways was founded by Ben Turner in the 1970's.

After experiencing financial difficulties and closing for a short period, prominent Sydney real estate agent Andy Palumbo took over the airline, which was essentially managed from his offices in Lakemba Sydney.

Southern Cross Airways serviced:

Moruya - Canberra return service (This route was flown under the ownership of Ben Turner)

Wollongong - Williamtown (This was the first route flown under the ownership of  Andy Palumbo)
Sydney - Nowra - Moruya return
Sydney - Tumut return


Their Fleet list published in the 1983 edition of JP Airline Fleets is below:
(actual dates of aircraft operation unknown).

VH-FMS Beech Baron 95-855 cn/sn TC 1010 ex N57O5V
VH-EYE Cessna 310P cn/sn 310P-0059 ex N5759M
VH-UBZ Cessna 402B cn/sn 402B-0025 ex N542SM
VH-CLI Beech Queenair 65-70 cn/sn LB3 ex N4071A
VH-MWH Beech/Excalibur Queenair 8200 cn/sn LC-300 ex N8349N named City of Shoalhaven, a converted Beech A65

The two Queenairs VH-MWH and VH-CLI were the two main workhorses, with the Baron VH-FMS operating the Moruya to Canberra service.

Southern Cross Airways flights were hosted in the TAA reservations system, TAARSAN.
The passenger manifests were then sent by telex daily to Southern Cross Airlines.

In 1978 Dave Maddock was chief pilot and later Bob Couch took on the role.
In the early 1980's the Airline was managed by John Gercken.

The airline closed in the early 80's. Then Hazelton Airlines took over the Moruya route, but without the Nowra stop.

It was shortly after this a former Southern Cross pilot started his own airline, Waratah Airways, on the Sydney to Tumut route.

Please contact me if you know more about this airline.