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      Post #27786, posted on 06-13-2009 GMT-5 hours    

      In an earlier era, major carriers didn't seem to mind when a smaller airline would 'adopt' a similar version of their color scheme (as Ansett-ANA did when they purchased a Braniff CV-340 in 1954). By the 1980's legal departments became had become larger AND less tolerant of anything close to what they were wearing, as Air Niugini was soon to find out!
      The islands of New Guinea were originally (pre-WW1) controlled by Australia (from Britain) in the South and Germany in the North until after the war with Australia controlling the entire chain until independence in 1975. The dream of it's own airline began in 1973 with 60% government stake (Papua New Guinea)-Qantas 12%-TAA 12% and Ansett 16%. In 1973, Air Niugini began operations with (12) DC-3's and (8) F-27's. In 1975, an ANA YS-11 was brought in for a (30) day evaluation but proved unacceptable. Interestingly, the new airline used the pidgin English spelling Niugini.
      The PNG government wanted to introduce jets as soon as possible for it's international Port Moresby-Brisbane route. Initially, 727's were 'wet-leased' from both TAA and Ansett. By '76, a leased Tempair 720B would be the first jet to be painted in the Air Niugini national colors of Yellow/Red/Black. An-ex-Qantas 707-338C replaced the 720B by 1979.
      It would be the F28 that was to be the perfect A/C to bring jet service to the many underdeveloped landing strips throughout the island chain. The 1st (2) F28's were purchased from Air Naru, while another pair of ex-Transair MK 1000's were soon to join the expanding fleet. By the late 1970's, international routes were expanded to include Japan, Philippines, Indonesia & Hong Kong.
      During 1981, Air Niugini officials decided the time for a new 'Bird Of Paradise' had arrived and an F28 (P2-ANU) had it's tail logo changed with the 'new' Bird on an all Red tail. For about a month in October, everything seemed fine, until the Air Lanka legal department noticed that it looked a lot like their tail logo! Air Niugini received an official notice from Air Lanka that were would be legal action if a change was not made.
      Airline officials assumed it was the red tail (as Air Lanka) that was the point of irritation and P2-ANU was quickly repainted with a Black tail and an added Black to the lower fuselage!
      This time it took only (24) hours for Air Lanka to threaten legal action. Air Niugini decided to just remove the lower Gray section from their original scheme and add a sweeping window stripe, keep the old 'Bird' and get the Air Lanka legal department off their backs! The F28's (Mk 1000-4000) would have a very impressive (30) year run with the airline (1977-2007).........John


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      Post #27787, posted on 06-13-2009 GMT-5 hours    
      Would have been a most interesting looking "bird" if Air Niugini's F-28(s) had been painted in the "Bird of Paradise" livery as applied to their A300:

      http://www.airliners.net/photo/Air-Niugini/Airbus-A300B4-203/0297423/L/

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      Post #27789, posted on 06-13-2009 GMT-5 hours    
      It was so photographed that you'd think it was on several A/C! Too bad......


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      Post #27797, posted on 06-14-2009 GMT-5 hours    
      suggestion: try the lost austral of argentina's 1980 old colors scheme before them joining to aerolineas argentinas before all that about iberia...AU style forward fuselage...when austral had bac-1-11 and old dc9s..i love to see their history..i flown on them back in july 1983 to san carlos de bariloche(BRC) and mar del plata(MDQ) from buenos aires aeroparque(AEP)...
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      Post #27798, posted on 06-14-2009 GMT-5 hours    
      to ease for you i leave their vid:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_bA10Ke8y8

      their scheme showed on 0.47 seconds...sorry!!!
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      Post #27805, posted on 06-14-2009 GMT-5 hours    
      This one?


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      Post #27809, posted on 06-14-2009 GMT-5 hours    
      I will be happy to add that one. Weren't they one of the 1st to fly DC-9-80. I have a nice shot of that one if it's the same Austral......Let me know and thanks for taking part. I found about 40 more to do.


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      Post #27810, posted on 06-14-2009 GMT-5 hours    
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      Yep, this one!

      the early morning flight from aeroparque-buenos aires(AEP) departed by 7am i remember that day july 25 1983 was a cold morning in buenos aires...the flight to bariloche (BRC) was my first ever time in a bac111 and was the one from Austral....AEP-BRC took about a little more than 2 hours flight arriving by 9:20am the sunrising still happening...
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      Post #27811, posted on 06-14-2009 GMT-5 hours    
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      I will be happy to add that one. Weren't they one of the 1st to fly DC-9-80. I have a nice shot of that one if it's the same Austral......Let me know and thanks for taking part. I found about 40 more to do.


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      Thank You Very Much John I'd glad You Post their story...

      Im not sure if they were 1st ever to fly the DC-9-82...my flight to mar del plata(MDQ) from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), the central city airport in Buenos Aires...a little more than one hour flight were on a DC-9-82 of Austral...the -82 version... the mar del plata airport had roses gardens next to their taxiways...was very nice taxing seeing roses...
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      Post #45907, posted on 12-11-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      Rewritten "LS" #33.....



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