During the evacuation period,
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th December inclusive, Ansett Airlines and
Macrobertson Miller Airlines operated a total of 27 flights for the
purpose of evacuating Darwin residents.
Over this period a total of 5,417 passengers were uplifted, of which
924 were carried on M.M.A. services. Maximum loadings on any given flight
was 279 for an Ansett Boeing 727/200 Series, and 109 for an M.M.A. Fokker
All passenger processing during the evacuation was handled by the Evacuation
Committee, with airline personnel concentrating purely on tarmac operations.
Ansett Airlines, T.A.A., Qantas and Connair Airways ground equipment
was pulled (sic. pooled? Ed) to facilitate efficient turnarounds. All
crews during the evacuation period were volunteer, and gave outstanding
co-operation during the crisis.
Ansett's Electra Freighters were placed at the disposal of the Disaster
Committee for the uplift of heavy equipment in the event it was required.
Tarmac operations were on a co-operative basis with Ansett and M.M.A.
personnel assisting all carriers.
Ansett Airlines flew in 1,250 gallons of fresh water in 5 gallon containers
for general distribution.
Company personnel over the four day period were working an average of
16 hours a day. Those personnel with special skills were released on
a volunteer basis to the Disaster Committee for essential duties.
Ansett Airlines and M.M.A. personnel were flown in from several ports
in the network to assist with aircraft operations.
Head Office Management ensured that airline personnel were self sufficient
to enhance the efficiency of the operation during the initial crisis
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