9v-spk From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 631 times:
Here are the details.
Hundreds of tickets sold as Ansett flights resume
Hundreds of phone bookings were taken for Ansett's new no-frills service in the first two hours of service this morning.
Two hundred call centre staff returned to work at Ansett's Launceston and Adelaide centres today.
In the first two hours, just under 300 tickets were sold with hundreds more expected to have been snapped up through the internet, an Ansett spokeswoman said.
Five Ansett type 320 airbuses will return to the air on special cheap introductory flights on Saturday.
The planes will fly between Melbourne and Sydney with the first flights leaving both ports at 9am.
The airline will run 32 flights a day during the week and 28 on weekends with more trips on other trunk routes expected to resume during the week.
Andersen administrators Mark Mentha and Mark Korda said the federal government had agreed to guarantee all tickets to the tune of $25 million for 12 weeks.
The administrator has agreed only to take bookings for the fixed three-month period starting today.
Whether the flights would continue after this date would depend on how operations went, Mr Korda said.
He said special ticket prices ranged from $99 one-way for a six week advance fare to unrestricted tickets priced at $198.
The cheap fares meant flights would just break even at 62 per cent loading but would buy time for the airline to allow administrators to talk to parties interested in purchasing the company.
Mr Mentha said five parties were being spoken to - including domestic and international consortiums.
Paperwork and records would be available for due diligence from Monday, he said.
Disclaimer notices had been issued on a number of aircraft in the Ansett 137-strong fleet. But at this stage administrators looked at keeping all 20 A320 planes.
The two 747 and the 767 jets, leased from Singapore Airlines, would be offered back to the airline as Ansett abandoned its international service and concentrated on domestic routes, Mr Mentha said.
The new flights would be premium economy, a little above Virgin Blue but not as full a service as Qantas, he said.
Thousands of workers from Ansett's more than 16,000 staff had returned to work at regional airports and at the airline's baggage, travel and ticketing departments.
But many thousands more were still "stood down" with no guarantee of returning to work in the near future since the company's collapse two weeks ago.
However, Mr Mentha said there were "no redundancies on the table" at this stage.
"What we're asking, clearly 17,000 people can't go into supporting five flights on Saturday. They will be supporting it in their spirit and in their willingness to see Ansett get back in the air on a long-term basis," he said.
"We're looking to put together a business plan to address the long-term interests of all the stakeholders, that is work in progress over the next week."
Employees who returned to work would keep the same wages and conditions but would be asked to show flexibility in work hours, Mr Mentha said.
"We've asked for flexibility to ensure the costs are pared to meet the revenue generated by the planes in the air," he said.
"The unions have been very flexible to help us get the planes in the air in the short term.
"There are some issues which need to be addressed in the long term."
They won't be operating anymore international routes...and that's really really god news for now!I don't want to see them collapse again!!
Also it's the government who invests money for now,25MILLION.And it is proposed to mantain service till the end of the year.
9v-spk From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 626 times:
No it wasn't really because of the international one that made them collapse.AN flights were quite full to HKG from SYD & MEL.They didn't really lose in the inter market.But you have to know that most companies collapse or bankrupt is because of their management.You know why Aussies blame Air New Zealand so much?Well all because of the management problems.They were losing in their domestic markets actually,and there wasn't good management to control the expenditure and so on.When Air New Zealand needs some capital ionjection from SIA,how could they themselves control a not-profit making airline right?
I hope this tells...and you know,International routes are much much more capital needed and more more troublesome.That's hy they won't start international routes for now,just on the domestic routes.
TR From UK - England, joined May 2001, 952 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 618 times:
I am very aware of management problems! Actually I am dealing with those things in my business. I have just not been looking into the Ansett matter that close. But I guess Sabena/Swissair could be this story all over again if an agreement is not found shortly. It seems that airlines (and many companies in general) which is taken over partly or in full by another compagny often end up in trouble. My experience is that too many policies and feelings collide - both in management and out in 'real life'.
9v-spk From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 611 times:
I've been looking at your posts and nearly most of them about Ansett are about their International Services.As the article mentioned above,they've just returned the jets to SIA,that means there will not be International Services operated anymore.And don't even mention the Adelaide-Chicago you thought of hehe~.Can't say forever,at least it won't be that soon.They are just gonna resume service THIS SAT!!If you really care about Ansett's business.we should hope that they could handle their domestic situation first and won't have another collapse at the end of the year.
United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 8792 posts, RR: 17 Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 603 times:
Well, the two B 747s are NOT returned to Singapore Airlines yet I think. The Administrator, however, has offered SIA to take them back if they wish to. So now, SIA have a choice whether or not to take them back or to wait and see whether or not the new buyer wants them.