South Australian Aviation Museum
Guinea Airways
Guinea Airways at Parafield Aerodrome
Circa 1930's
Guinea Airways Display
Guinea Airways
Guinea Airways emerged from an airline formed in Adelaide in 1926 to carry freight as part its parent company's gold-mining operations in New Guinea. 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. In fact with 4 aircraft Guinea could carry about 16 tonnes a day and carried in one month more freight than all other aircraft in the world actually carried in one year. In February, 1937 they commenced a weekly service between Adelaide and Darwin and won the Royal Mail Darwin/Adelaide trunk route in 1938.

In January 1942, the Japanese bombed the company's headquarters at Lae, and they lost the bulk of the fleet of 15 aircraft. After the war, they were unable to return to operations in NG and the profitable Adelaide/Darwin service was taken away and passed on to Trans Australian Airlines (TAA). Guinea began cooperating as a junior partner with Australian National Airways(ANA).

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 made an arrangement with TAA on 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 1960.6 Airlines of S.A. were taken over by Ansett on the 28th June, 1986.


Airlines of South Australia Display
Guinea Airways
Airlines of South Australia (ASA) first flew on 18 January 1960, replacing Guinea Airways, which had been purchased by Ansett in 1959. ASA took over the Guinea Airways existing fleet of five DC-3s and an Auster, and added a 52-seat Convair 440 VH-BZH. From inception, ASA provided services from Adelaide to Port Lincoln, Minnipa, Ceduna, Cowell, Cleve, Kimba, Radium Hill, Broken Hill, Kangaroo Island, Port Pirie, Whyalla, Renmark, Mildura and Woomera. Throughout the 1960s, services were briefly added to Naracoorte, Millicent and tours to Hayman Island, Queensland from Adelaide while several initial services were progressively discontinued. A Piaggio P166 and a Fokker F27 Friendship (the first of several) replaced older aircraft.


Commercial Aviation Display
Guinea Airways
SAAM's Commercial Aviation Display showcases a selection of Ansett, Qantas, Airlines of South Australia, Kendell, Virgin, and TAA Memorabilia an aircraft models.


BAe 146-300 (Forward Fuselage)
cobham
A recent addition to SAAM's aircraft collection is the forward fuselage of the Cobham British Aerospace BAe 146-300 Short Haul Regional Jet Airliner. This aircraft (section) has been restored to provide an interactive exhibit where visitors will be able see the cabin as it was in use. Entry is currently restricted due to Covid rules.