In June 1947, East-West Airlines was formed, with its head office based in Tamworth NSW.
The airline soon found strong support from country communities and by 1980 it had become a major force in Australian aviation, employing more than 500 people.
Regrettably, just 13 years later, under the stewardship of Ansett Airlines, the company ceased to trade.
But, in the immortal words of East-West’s inaugural chairman, Don Shand, when on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, he said: “A country that doesn’t remember its history is like a man that has lost his memory. It’s the same for a company.”
Well, if Shand was still alive today, no doubt he would be proud of the fact that the memory of East-West Airlines lives on, when past employees gather together in Sydney each June to celebrate what was one of the greatest little airlines in the world.
This year’s reunion for East-West Airlines will be held at Cyren Bar Grill Seafood in Sydney’s Darling Harbour on Friday 18 June, kicking off at noon.
All are welcome, but bookings are essential, so please contact Saska Krivik on (02) 92135405 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re keen to attend.
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