MacRobertson Miller Airlines Ltd.
established in Australia
in late 1927, by
pilot Horrie Miller
backing of chocolate millionaire Sir Macpherson Robertson
airline's initial services were between Adelaide and Broken Hill. The airline grew rapidly and in 1934
transferred its main base to Perth, after winning a Commonwealth Government contract
for air services to the North-West of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Early aircraft used by the airline included Avro Ansons, de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
, Lockheed Electras
and Douglas DC-3s
. Later aircraft were Fokker F27
aircraft. The Fokker F28's were
amongst the hardest working in the world for the type.
An MMA DC3 in 1948
In 1963 Ansett
acquired a controlling stake
in the airline. It was renamed Airlines of Western Australia in
1981 after Sir Peter Ables and Rupert
acquired control of the Ansett Group, and renamed it
Ansett WA in 1984. It was also briefly named Air WA prior to naming
it Ansett WA, although this only appeared on a single BAe 146
aircraft. In 1993 it was absorbed by Ansett.
MMA finally operated out of Perth Airport. The road leading into
Perth Airport's Terminal 1 is named after Horrie Miller.
Accidents and incidents