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Tuesday, 21 August 1984
Page: 68

(Question No. 770)

Senator Maguire asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 29 March 1984:

(1) Did Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) indicate in its 1980-81 annual report that four DC9-30 aircraft were surplus to requirements and that the remaining eight would be updated.

(2) Were three or four DC9-30 aircraft subsequently sold.

(3) If four aircraft were not sold as planned what was the reason for the change.

(4) How many DC9-30 aircraft does TAA currently operate and have they all been refurbished.

(5) Which particular aircraft were sold and when.

(6) Are the DC9 aircraft reported as being for sale in October 1984 in the journal Australian Flying the DC9 aircraft currently operated by TAA.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Aviation has provided the following answers to the honourable senator's questions:

(1) Yes.

(2) TAA sold four DC9-30 aircraft to Australian Aircraft Sales subsequent to indicating the aircraft were surplus to requirements.

(3) Refer answer 2 above.

(4) TAA currently operates nine DC9-30 aircraft, eight of which are owned by TAA and one leased from Australian Aircraft Sales. All of these aircraft have now been refurnished.

(5) A total of four aircraft, VH-TJJ, VH-TJK, VH-TJM and VH-TJN, were sold on 16 February 1982.

(6) No.