Flying Kangaroos in the West

by Tony McGrath

ISBN 978-0-85905-781-3

WA has been well-served by two world-class international and interstate airlines since the 1930s-1940s, and Flying Kangaroos in the West provides a detailed overview of their histories in Western Australian since the beginning.

Qantas Airways is nearing its hundredth anniversary, and for most of its life has been deeply engaged with WA. Together with the former Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) / Australian Airlines, this book describes these two 'Flying Kangaroo' carriers' collective 125+ years 'in the West'.

Qantas's engagement with WA goes right back to the first Australia-England air services in the mid-1930s. Its war commitments soon followed, evacuating civilians from Java to Broome, and undertaking rescue missions in WA's Kimberley region. It suffered tragic losses from Japanese attacks in the process. In 1943, Qantas launched the world's longest non-stop air service between Perth's Swan River and Ceylon, a covert operation that provided Australia's only wartime international air link. Perth remained at the forefront of Qantas's developments during the 1940s-50s, becoming an international gateway to exotic, new Qantas air routes to Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The book describes Qantas's continuing growth in WA right through to the present day, including the development of its sophisticated domestic network to, from and within WA, up to today's 'Project Sunrise', launching ultra-long-haul non-stop flights between Perth-London and other routes.

The former TAA / Australian Airlines was born out of the Commonwealth Government's post-war nationalisation ideology, and it quickly established itself as a highly respected, efficient airline. TAA introduced a motivated and engaged workforce and the 'Fly TAA The Friendly Way' service ethos. But most importantly, it offered Western Australians competition on interstate and intrastate air routes.

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RRP $29.95