United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9498 posts, RR: 13 Posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2468 times:
Ansett Australia was the second largest carrier in Australia providing high level of services.
However, Lew and Fox plan to rebuild Ansett Australia into an airline with an entire Airbus Narrowbody fleet. They plan to bring in 29 A 320s and get rid of the rest like the B 767-200s, B 737s etc etc.
Basically, Ansett Australia has to start all over again.
However, will they rebuild Ansett Australia back to its former glory? Let's say within 2 to 3 years? Will we ever see widebodies in Ansett's fleet again?
My guess is that.. It takes 3 to 4 years for them to rebuild Ansett. Afterthat, we may see widebodies like A 330/340, or the B 777-200ER for the widebody fleet. Also, many aviation enthusiasts told me that AN International will resurrect in some form and I will not rule out the B 747-400 as well.
So, will Ansett be as big as it used to be? If not, bigger with a more comprehensive International Network? Also, will we see Widebodies flying for Ansett Australia again?
Wirraway From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2412 times:
As i've posted elsewhere,"Qantas Sticks the Boot In" is unfortunately more bad
news for Ansett, this war (If Ansett gets started)
is starting to get rough, this will make it even harder
for AN to get the business traveller.:
From Tues "Sydney Morning Herald" http://www.smh.com.au/news/0112/11/national/national7.html
Qantas also announced changes to its domestic operations yesterday, with flights every 30 minutes in morning and afternoon peaks between Sydney and Brisbane, and Melbourne and Brisbane. It is a deliberate strategy aimed at gazumping its main rival, Ansett, ahead of the relaunch planned by Solomon Lew and Lindsay Fox in February.
The new services follow the successful launch of the CityFlyer service to Melbourne last July.
Qantas will also introduce package meals, rather than tray meals, to all flights except Perth.
There will also be the potential for automatic swipe-card check-in for all passengers from January, overcoming queues.
Qantas executive general manager sales and marketing, John Borghetti, said domestic passengers were insisting on flexibility. "It's now a question of speed and frequency - not just in the terminal but in the aircraft," he said.
The extra flights to Brisbane puts Ansett Mark II under enormous pressure, especially as Virgin Blue and Qantas have unveiled major discount ticket offers for February and March.
Although bookings with Ansett are healthy over the Christmas holidays, no tickets can be bought for travel after January 31 - the day the Lew-Fox syndicate is due to take over operations. While they say they are committed to the sale, they are still wrangling with Singapore Airlines, which they want to manage the airline.
Industry analysts now say Mr Lew and Mr Fox may need to acquire the airline progressively from the administrators, Mark Mentha and Mark Korda, because there are too may logistical difficulties to surmount.
Travel From Australia, joined May 2001, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2376 times:
I sure hope to see Ansett with widebody aircraft and flying international again, however on a previous post I did state that going by a source from Ansett, that this is under consideration for the future, depending on how the Ansett (domestic) peforms.
But once again who knows, how the new Ansett will peform I really hope that they become a succesful airline. It's great to see Qantas doing well but I like the idea of seeing Ansett being a fully serviced domestic and international airline. It's too monotonous seeing just Qantas and Qantas subsideries flying domestic and International. This new Australian airlines is great but once again it doesnt really interest me as much as hearing Ansett is re-establishing international flights.
Once again it depends on Ansett next year, if they do well then we know our answer..