Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1936 times:
I've often heard people referring to Ansett's glory years as being the 1970's and 1980's. That was back when they operated the 737-200, 727, DC-9. Did anyone fly with them during this period? What was the service like? What were the aircraft interiors like? I think their shooting stars livery from the early 80's was the best they ever had and made the 732's and the 727's look fabulous.
ERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 670 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1908 times:
"Did anyone fly with them during this period?"
Well yes, thousands of people did and they were an excellent airline. Service was certainly up there with the very best With generally very friendly flight attendants and from memory at that time they had only females. Sexual equality was to come a little later and wasn't an issue yet.
Even on a short hop to Melbourne from Sydney you'd get a full meal service and free beer and 1st class had meals cooked on board to your request, depending what was available on the flight.
I never flew with their DC-9 as the 737-200 replaced them, but the interiors were clean fresh and light. The shooting Southern Cross livery was an excellent one but the replacement Flag design wasn't as popular, however my preference would go to the final A design livery, a true classic. I still have an A320 model on my desk. Sure miss them.
AJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2376 posts, RR: 27 Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1890 times:
I flew with Ansett Airlines of Australia, Ansett. and Ansett Australia on the Douglas DC-9-30, Boeing 727-100/-200, Boeing 737-200/-300, Boeing 767-200, Fokker F27/F28/50 and Airbus A320-200. They were my airline of choice over the fat TAA/Australian Airlines as they were the 'battler' (not so true in retrospect, but that's how I viewed them).
Service was fantastic on a global scale, with a full meal served on even the 25 minute CBR-SYD sector.
I too have my little shrine to Ansett, with 3 x 727, 2 x 737, 4 x 747, 3 x 767 and 1 x A320 on my shelf!
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 21 Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1890 times:
Back in the late 60s and early 70s, Ansett (or Ansett-ANA) was a very good and very innovative airline. They had such features as lounges on the Lockheed Electras, late evening "Golden Supper" flights with (female) FAs in awful gold lame outfits, and champagne flowing. They had very stiff competition from TAA, and the two Australian domestics were among the very best in the world. Although they could basically share the traffic 50-50, they both fought tooth and nail for every passenger, and it showed in service standards and innovation.
But I still think that the best of Ansett came in the 90s, with the international flights, complete with onboard chef, and seat pitch that was revolutionary; and a domestic service that was incredibly friendly and with very high standards. Their people were special. Ansett was an airline with a real spirit and heart and personality. It's sad that these attributes alone aren't enough to ensure survival, and the multiple reasons for the demise of Ansett have been discussed here many times before.
I have a feeling that maybe there's something in the Australian character that is friendly, open and easygoing, yet competitive and fiercely determined, which comes across in their airlines. Ansett was a great example, and its there today in the best of Qantas.