AJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2395 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1585 times:
Already done on Qantas B737-476s, Kookaburra, Brolga, Eagle, Falcon, Heron, Ibis, Swift, Kestrel, Egret, Lorikeet, Petrel, Bellbird, Cockatiel, Jabiru, Kingfisher, Currawong and Swan.
The ANA DC-4s carried names like Amana, Lackrana, Warana, Tatana (noticing a trend??)..... Since then I can't find any record of aircraft named by Ansett, other than the Olympic aircraft.
Wirraway From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1421 times:
Fox, Lew seek government travel help
By GEOFFREY THOMAS
Saturday 24 November 2001
ISSUES 2001: Ansett crisis
Millionaire businessmen Lindsay Fox and Solomon Lew have asked the Federal Government for enough of the government travel contract to ensure Ansett Mark II can secure 25 per cent of the domestic market.
A slice of the government travel contract for a period of at least two years is one of the outstanding conditions that Fox-Lew have set on their $1.1 billion deal to buy Ansett, Canberra sources confirm.
But by agreeing to that demand the government would be virtually underwriting one competitor in a market that is supposed to be deregulated and would have the effect of winding Qantas back to a 65 per cent market share while Virgin Blue has 10 per cent.
Analysts believe that if Ansett was liquidated Qantas would drop back to 70 per cent market share and Virgin Blue would expand to 30.
The government travel contract is the largest in the country and held by Qantas. Virgin Blue does not carry any government staff.
The other outstanding condition is a revision of the Trade Practices Act to try to set up artificial protection against normal market forces.
That change has been rejected five times in the past 10 years by both Labor and Liberal governments.
That move would enable the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to simply issue cease and desist notices against Qantas or Virgin Blue if Ansett complained about pricing competition.
Cabinet meets on Tuesday and a final decision on the demands is expected by Thursday.
The Fox-Lew deal calls for the lease of 29 brand-new Airbus A320s, worth $2.5 billion, from United Airlines, which has deferred the jets.
The $1.10 billion funding package includes $400 million in cash, say Ansett's administrators.
The Fox-Lew consortium had also asked the government to underwrite some of Ansett's routes but that demand has been dropped, although the government has agreed to allow the group to cross-own airports and airlines.
On Thursday Transport Minister John Anderson said that he believed the Fox-Lew Tesna consortium was well placed to get Ansett Mark II flying and he would decide next week on the two outstanding issues, which he refused to identify.
Mr Anderson rejected the Ansett administrators' demand that the Federal Government convert the $195 million earmarked for Ansett staff entitlements into a one-off grant to the airline.
Sources at Sydney Airport say that the Fox-Lew plan for Ansett called for the conversion of the Ansett terminal at that airport to a joint international and domestic terminal.
Star Alliance airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and United would use the facility and transfer passengers directly on to Ansett domestic flights, thus avoiding the cross-airport bus trip.
Yesterday Virgin Blue distanced itself from any suggestion that it wanted to run Ansett with Lang Corporation. However, Virgin Blue is interested in bidding for Ansett's assets with Lang, which may also be an investor in Virgin Blue.
Singapore Airlines, while denying any equity involvement, is known to be interested in becoming involved and is considered vital for the success of Ansett.
Air Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1518 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (12 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1378 times:
Justin, thanks for pointing that out, but what I was saying is that would the Star Alliance people do a "homecoming party" -- ads and commercials etc...
Oh wells, that's all good for Ansett. And I reckon the idea of the Ansett terminal for Star Alliance airlines is FABULOUS!! That would be much much easier for the travellers and the airlines... but do they have enough gates??