Trans-Australia Airlines Douglas DC-9 Fleet.


VH-TJJ (c/n 47007-87)
VH-TJK (c/n 47008-98)
VH-TJL (c/n 47009-152)
VH-TJM (c/n 47072-270)
VH-TJN (c/n 47203-401)
VH-TJO (c/n 47326-516)
VH-TJP (c/n 47418-570)
VH-TJQ (c/n 47419-602)
VH-TJR (c/n 47528-617)
VH-TJS (c/n 47550-623)
VH-TJT (c/n 47551-634)
VH-TJU (c/n 47552-640)


Background Information.


The Douglas Aircraft Company began looking at the short to medium range aircraft market in the early 1960s - a market that was mainly serviced by older piston and turboprop engined airliners. Douglas designed and built an airliner powered by two rear-mounted jet engines with a high ‘T-tail’ that was similar to the Boeing 727. This aircraft was designated the Douglas DC-9. The prototype, a DC-9 series 10, first flew on February 25, 1965 with the first example entering service on December 08, 1965.

Trans-Australia Airlines was aware of the Douglas DC-9 project but rejected it as a suitable back-up aircraft for their fleet of Boeing 727-76s as it had limited range and passenger capacity. However when Douglas decided to build an improved version, the DC-9 series 30, having increased seating capacity and range, they realised that it would be an excellent addition to their jet fleet.

An order for three initial airframes was placed in April 1965 with the first aircraft entering service on April 17, 1967. Further orders were placed with Douglas resulting in a total of twelve DC-9-31s being acquired with the last aircraft VH-TJU being delivered in October 1971.

These aircraft were used on all of the airline’s routes around Australia especially on those services where the extra seating capacity of the Boeing 727 was not required.