Ansett started long before the F27. First flight was with a Fokker F-X1 Universal on 17 February 1936, from Hamilton to Melbourne (in Victoria, Australia). Actually Reg Ansett had been operating a car business between the country town of Hamilton and the state capital of Melbourne before starting the flights. Ansett's major growth came when it took over the ailing ANA (Australian National Airways) in August 1957. This started the era of Ansett ANA and TAA as the two dominant airlines in Australia which continued until this week even though the main players went through ownership and name changes.
Throughout it all, the two companies maintained a fiercely competitive, yet still friendly rivalry. It could never be said that they weren't among the most competitive foes in the business, despite the "two-airline policy" which virtually guaranteed their duopoly for many, many years. Every passenger was fought for very hard.
TAA was famous for its slogan Fly TAA the friendly way, while Ansett introduced some highly innovative practices - cladding "hostesses" in gold lame gowns for evening champagne flights, etc. Sir Reginal Ansett is also often remembered for his description of his female flight attendants, during industrial problems, as 'old boilers."
But Reg, like his airline, was a revered and much admired figure in Aussie aviation history.
"...every aircraft is subtly different.."