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Book review – An Iconic Airline

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 21, 2012

Guinea Airways, founded in Adelaide in 1927 to provide transport for remote mining operations in Papua New Guinea, was one of Australia’s early commercial aviation successes.

It moved to the Australia mainland to start flights on the Adelaide-Darwin route in 1937 and developed a network of services between Adelaide and regional centres, including Broken Hill in NSW and Mildura in Victoria.

A hostile takeover by Reg Ansett and his Ansett Transport Industries at the end of  1959 ended the Guinea Airways story and started a new one in 1960, with the renaming of the Adelaide-based operation as Airlines of South Australia.

Former ASA pilot Jim Evans and local aviation historian Nigel Daw have dredged through the records and memories of ASA personnel to produce An Iconic Airline, the story of Guinea Airways and ASA, which came to an end on June 27 1986, amid lost contracts, low growth, rising costs and tough competition from newcomers on selected routes following deregulation.

The book melds the historic facts and photographs with personal recollections of pilots and cabin crew, ground staff, even passengers, to evoke the memories of a “happy” little airline with a fleet which ranged from a rugged Junkers G31 in PNG through Lockheed Electra, DC-3 and Fokker Friendship aircraft; an airline which clearly forged a special place in its region, and in the hearts of its people.


An Iconic Airline, by Jim Evans and Nigel Daw, self-published. $39.95 through www.airlinesofsa.com

— Chris Milne

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Comments (4)

  • tom furey


    breakfast host at Broken Hill 2BH 567 AM…..would you be interested in having a chat about your book, certainly the parts about Broken Hill.

    Let me know….tks

  • Nigel Daw


    Dear Tom, will contact you at 2BH 567AM. Regards, Nigel Daw Co-author ‘An Iconic Airline’

  • Terence Ellis


    Great and logical follow up of first book “Adelaide-West Beach Airport”. Well done Nigel



    Is this book available to us for resale through our bookshop?


    Paul Lewis
    Broken Hill
    08 80887221

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