High_flyr69 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 510 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1195 times:
Tribute Ansett by a 15 yr old aussie
well Ansett, the flying 'A' the aircraft the staff the facilities the service the whole lot WAS great, until this fatefull day undershadowed by the USA terrorist attack that it all changed, on this day 14th september 2001 Australian Aviation history is changed for ever sum 16000 jobs lost and families left in the wake of this tradgedy 100 odd aircraft of all glorious shapes and sizes left stranded unmanned
Ansett terminals are hollowed out like a ghost town i can only imagine the silence would be ''deafening'' the tears that must have flowed as the Ansett staff found out there job, their life in some cases is gone for ever some staff had been working for Ansett as long as 30 years and in some cases maybe more. Now is a time to reflect on the times where Anset was growing its own identity in the Australian bush and the people that bought this great airline to be one of the most safest airlines to ever hit the skies, lets take this time to think on how the staff lives wil be affected, take this time to think about how all those young aviation buffs like me had aspirations to fly and be of service to this great Australian icon and how their dreams of doing that are now shattered beyond belief. Lets take time to remember the many a livery that Ansett has produced some more succesful than others but all had one thing in common, Australia was at the centre stage of everyone of them, from VH-ANA sporting the sydney 2000 livery and 737-300 VH-CZP showing of the beautiful Australian flag tail.
It bought a tear to my eye as i had to get my final peaks of Ansett from the fingerprinted windows wich little kids gasped and watched at the funny looking machines and i realised ... this is where dreams are created and i remembered my first every visit to the airport were i watched in amazmentas these great machines took of and landed back on terra firma...after 20 minutes of typical 6 year old whining the Captain let me aboard before a flight to have a look inside and in the cockpit, I dont know how or why but that moment as i stepped into the cockpit was taken and stored as a permanent photo in my mind it was the cockpit of VH-CZP in gate 5 at melbourne airport
now the image is still ther stored away but ill never hear the screaming roar of a Ansett A320 over my house or never see the beautiful current livery of the great Australian icon Australia is now a sea of red, the rich red of the Virgin Blue and Qantas livery's
good luck to all Anset staff god be with you and may the Ansett planes take up a new succesful career with another airline in the near future
well i hope u like my tribute or relfection on one of the saddest days in my life and many others
comments on your flashbacks from when you were little and memories you have from this Aussie icon would and will be grealty appreciated
kindest regards to all
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice Doggy' until you find the shot gun
Air Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1517 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 988 times:
I've just flown with them on Wednesday.
I can't complement enough about the high level of service the Ansett staff provided on ground and on board, even they were telling me that they were working for free. A flight I will remember for the rest of my life.
364512158 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 962 times:
We should all send letters to Dick Smith and express our support for Ansett and we could save it if we give 5, 10m 20 dollars, if we all do it this will give great support to ansett and it could go on.
Air NZ From New Zealand, joined Jun 2001, 227 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 969 times:
Air NZ did make a big stuff up,starting with first buying Ansett. The main reason was that our damn govt pissed around and didn't pass the bill or something saying that singapore could by up to 50% of Air NZ, if they had none of this would have happened.
Heffer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 961 times:
Not just Australia, but the world, has lost something very special. They have lost a company knowen the world over for innovation, and for makeing flying fun - even for those who were scared of flying.
Good Luck to All Ansett Australia Holdings Ltd. staff, I know that you all love this Australian Airline, like I do.
The Ansett name will live on.
Ansett Australia - Absolutely.
(Ansett Australia - Forever and Always.)
High_flyr69 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 510 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 949 times:
well first of all, thank you all for your great rapid replies they are all appreciated and will be forwarded to my mate who is the Ansett flight manager
and last but not least THANK YOU for the greatest years of my life
kindest regards to all
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice Doggy' until you find the shot gun
VapourTrails From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 923 times:
THANK YOU to Ansett Airlines. Your the first airline I ever flew with out of DPO many years ago, and I have loved aviation ever since.
THANK YOU ALSO to KENDELL AIRLINES, who I flew with regularly and will really miss in the skies and at the airports.
It is no doubt that this is a sad day in Australia's aviation history, and my earlier posts reflect some of my feelings about this wonderful 65 year old airline that was among the world's safest to fly.
I am sure Ansett will come back in some form or another and I look forward to flying with them again.
There is a lot more I could say, but I echo hundreds of the sentiments already received or will receive.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6095 posts, RR: 11 Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 888 times:
I never got tofly on Ansett but I did know the airline and would have loved to fly on it. Its sad to see another airline with such rich history and heritage hit the dust. It is sad to not see an Ansett plane back in the sky but it will surelly resurect soon and it will come back stronger than before.
Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 795 times:
1. The fantastic staff, from phone jockeys to ground crew to FA's to pilots. That wonderful AN smile and warm welcome has always made AN the best Airline in the world to me. And I have flown plenty.
2. Service. AN's service has always been "absolutley" fantastic and legendary. (there was a time when things were a bit "go your own way" but we know who was responsible for that.) "More champagne sir? Have the whole bottle."
3. Golden Wing lounges, and the service and smart people that staffed them.
4. E-checkin. Priority baggage.
5. Ansett International - how can you compare it to any other airline? It's impossible. "You would like a cocktail sir? OK lets see what we can do!!!!" (quote from a staff member - who made up her own list of cocktails ad lib with what they had and supplied us with copious amounts of her wonderful concoctions.)
One of my best AN flights was from Canberra to Sydney on a Skystar. My partner (of the time) and I were in biz and I had bought a blow up 747-300 of AN Intl. The FA's were riveted with it and thrilled that such an item was available - they blew it up and gave us a full bottle of Piper and heaps of nibblies. We had such fun with them on such a short flight - that ended up turning into a 2 hour flight with delays into Sydney.
It was the whole package that AN offered that made me adore them. Every flight has been wonderful for me and I can never remember any delays or problems - I guess I was lucky.
If any airline worldwide would like to rescue AN, please make sure you take on all the staff, as they are what made AN the best airline in the world in my eyes. You will never find such devotion and goodwill from any other employees.
Ryanair From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 654 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 791 times:
My families links with Ansett go back to Sir Reg in the 1960's, none have connections today as people move on, but for most of it's existance AN was an airline that flew with exceptional reliability (who can remember when a two minute late push back got people really upset, not that long ago either), with exceptional service throughout and a fleet of planes replaced seemingly all the time.
I now live in the UK, oddly enough a few weeks ago I saw an Ansett 767 in London, which was a very nice surprise.
I do believe Air New Zealand ripped Ansett's organisation apart in an appauling way, a way not seen since Ichan and TWA. My deepest sympathies go out to all Ansett Staff.
25 QantasAirways: I wonder how Bob Ansett is currently feeling. Absolutely Ansett RIP Regards QantasAirways
26 The Coachman: Yyz717, It is dangerous to work extra long shifts around aircraft engines etc. It is dangerous to fly over-time, in fact, would you fly with a pilot w
27 QFTJT: The Coachman, Yyz717 does not know what he is on about! QFTJT
28 AJ: Read the thread title and move this to the other Ansett threads. Would you do this at any memorial? Please keep this as a TRIBUTE thread.
29 The Coachman: I'm trying to keep the memorial clean. I always admired its service, its people and its identity. A sad loss. The Coachman
30 VH-BZF: It heartens me to hear all of your tributes to the great airline that I worked for for 15 Years! We always tried to make the experience for our custom