After a thread of Australian Frequent Flyer this evening, I was reminded of a Youtube playlist I started last year.
The playlist is a collection of Australian airline commercials produced over the many years – little pieces of industry history that thankfully have found their way online. Some from production masters, but most from VHS tape collections users have digitised and put online.
And some of these are real gems – from the short lived Compass Airlines, the Australian Airlines “you should see us now” campaign, and even some from the 70’s by TAA and Ansett.
So, please enjoy this collection of TV commercials and take a look back into our history. And if you spot any duplicate ads, or find some on Youtube that are missing from this collection, please let me know so I can add them.
2 thoughts on “A little bit of history: Australian airline TV commercials”
I’ve been trying to find a series of TAA advertisements circa 1979-1980 that featured a video camera on the tailplane, pointed directly forward along the fuselage, filming low flying around various Australian tourist destinations’ Can’t remember if it was on a DC-9 or B-727.
Wondering if you have any idea how to track them down?
Richard: My best suggestion if you can’t find it on YouTube or other video sites would be to perform a collection search for it with the National Film and Sound Archive. They do have a developing collection of Australian TV commercials and there’s a chance a copy may be held by them.
You can also get in touch with your nearest NFSA Access Centre if you have no luck with the collection search, want further advice, or see if they have contacts for help they could refer you to.
If you have no luck with NFSA, then you could also try getting in touch with the TAA Museum in Victoria who may either have it in their collection or have contacts of where to find it.
Best of luck finding these.