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Ansett Mk II - 100,000 Ticket Sales!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 3:24 pm

Ansett sales hit 100,000

From AAP
18oct01

THE resurrected Ansett operation has sold its 100,000th ticket.

Ansett administrators said ticket sales had exceeded expectations.

Christmas-New Year bookings have seen a surge in the past 24 hours after the Federal Government signed a deal agreeing to extend its guarantee on Ansett tickets through to January 2002.

Ansett administrators Mark Mentha said the airline was the only one in the world to start up since the September 11 attacks wreaked havoc on the industry.

"We started from scratch with no cash reserves and it is gratifying to see Australia supporting its efforts," Mr Mentha said today.

"Staff believe in the future of the new-look airline and are working extremely hard to build a sustainable operation as quickly as possible."

Ansett Mark II operates 448 flights a week to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Ansett's subsidiary companies including Kendell Airlines, Skywest Airlines and Aeropelican are operating a further 516 flights between regional locations.

Administrators are expected to meet a syndicate of businessmen including trucking magnate Lindsay Fox and retail king Solomon Lew tomorrow.

Sources said the group plans to turn Ansett into a scaled down, discount airline using A320 aircraft between major destinations.

A Singapore Airlines spokesman said the airline had held discussions with the Fox-Lew syndicate, to discuss possible partnerships with the Singapore airline taking on a management role.

Mr Fox owns Essendon and Avalon Airports in the Melbourne region.

Reports in the Herald Sun newspaper estimate his worth at $340 million.

The report said Mr Lew, a former Coles Myer chairman, has set aside $500 million for acquisitions.


Hey guys,

Isn't that great news for AN ii?

Cheers, (if any wants to know where to get some AN merchandise I can supply a link.)

mb
 
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RE: Ansett Mk II - 100,000 Ticket Sales!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 9:09 pm

OK what's the link?

Regards

Rob
"I told you I was ill ..." Spike Milligan
 
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RE: Ansett Mk II - 100,000 Ticket Sales!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 10:11 pm

Great news!

Also...
Fox and Lew are holding a press conference tomorrow to make a bid to Ansett MkII... 1230 at Avalon airport I think...

Jimmy
 
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RE: Ansett Mk II - 100,000 Ticket Sales!

Thu Oct 18, 2001 11:20 pm

Sales would probably be alot better if they let the travel agents in.

As for the Fox/Lew clan, I think it's every AN employees nightmare
if this one gets up. Lew was almost jailed as a corporate criminal a
few years back and finding a happy Fox employee would not be easy.

Seems in todays papers that this media stunt they have pulled off
has pissed off the Administrators somewhat.

Rmm


 
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RE: Ansett Mk II - 100,000 Ticket Sales!

Fri Oct 19, 2001 7:44 am

I agree Rmm. From my limited knowledge, I think the ANStaff proposal is best. We don't need a low-cost AN. There's no way they'll get corporate accounts like that.

AN needs to become full service again (whether to have a business class is debateable) with Star alliance recognition and the GR program. The only problem I have with ANStaff is their fleet proposal. Surely they could lease all A320 family planes (as fox/lew is proposing) for a similar price to what their getting their 733s for. Especially in today's marketplace.
 
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RE: Ansett Mk II - 100,000 Ticket Sales!

Fri Oct 19, 2001 10:45 am

Peter Harbison said that there was no point in AN going down the Linfox route this morning.

You know, I wonder, why is it that John Anderson always wants to bat for the wrong team - he's dancing on the tables of Mr Fox & Lew, but couldn't give a hoot about ANstaff. Remember our minister for Qantas  Smile

Well, 100,000 ticket sales is something to cheer about at least.

Cheers,

Justin
 
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RE: Ansett Mk II - 100,000 Ticket Sales!

Fri Oct 19, 2001 11:40 am

Ansett rescue plan to take 4000 staff

From AAP
19oct01

MILLIONAIRE businessman Solomon Lew and trucking magnate Lindsay Fox have revealed plans to buy 29 new airbuses for a revived Ansett.

The pair said an in-principle agreement had been made to purchase the airbuses and a decision and bid was expected to be made within two weeks.

Mr Fox was reluctant to reveal details of the business plan in progress but said it included 4,000 staff; flights to every capital city and some leisure destinations; business and economy classes; Star Alliance links and lounge and loyalty programs.

"We believe our consortium offers the only real opportunity for administrators to realise the Ansett solution," Mr Fox said.

Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson attended today's announcement at Mr Fox's Avalon airport, west of Melbourne along with opposition transport spokesman Martin Ferguson, Victorian premier Steve Bracks, Victorian treasurer John Brumby and ACTU assistant secretary Bill Mansfield.

Mr Fox said the syndicate had been looking at the Ansett proposal for four weeks and was in advance discussions with unions, federal and state governments and the administrators.

An in-principle agreement to purchase 29 airbuses had been reached at a cost of $2.5 billion.

Mr Fox said the revival of Ansett was a critical issue for Australia.

"So if we can put it together, a plan which would provide what the administrators call the Ansett solution, then we want to go forward."

But he added that "we will only do that if we can ensure we can develop a cost base and business plan that results in a viable business with a secure future".

 
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RE: Ansett Mk II - 100,000 Ticket Sales!

Fri Oct 19, 2001 12:02 pm

500 call centre staff axed

From AAP
19oct01

ABOUT 500 Ansett workers have lost their jobs after administrators were unable to find a buyer for the airline's call centre business, a union said.

The Australian Services Union said the staff from Ansett's Sydney and Brisbane call centres were told during staff meetings this morning that they no longer had a job.

ASU airlines organiser Ted Tamplin said a representative from Ansett's administrator Andersen made the announcement to staff.

Mr Tamplin said decision meant 340 workers from the Sydney call centre and 150 staff from the Brisbane call centre were stood down.

"Staff have taken it very bad," Mr Tamplin said.

"They had been hoping someone could take over the business, but they were told today by the administrator that that just wasn't possible."

The news came as the consortium led by trucking magnate Lindsay Fox and property king Solomon Lew announced its plans for Ansett.

The pair said an in-principle agreement had been made to purchase 29 new airbuses, with a decision and bid on the airline expected to be made within two weeks.

Mr Fox was reluctant to reveal details of the business plan in progress but said it included 4,000 staff.


 
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RE: Ansett Mk II - 100,000 Ticket Sales!

Fri Oct 19, 2001 12:11 pm

Rob,

Here is the link.

www.theairlineshop.com.au

Cheers,

mb


 
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RE: Ansett Mk II - 100,000 Ticket Sales!

Fri Oct 19, 2001 10:55 pm

Hey thanks Mx5_boy!

Looks like a handy site. Wish I could have found this the other month as I had five hours to wait in Melbourne at the airport and the Golden Wing Club was full to the brim and overflowing so I just went to the Departure Lounge and waited and waited. Would have been good to do some shopping.

Interesting that there is also a store at Archerfield in Brisbane.

Then again maybe I shouldn't be thanking you too much as I'll probably spend more money there than I do at the Shell Stuff site!

I suppose I must get something AN in the next fortnight and wear it when I fly QF over to Perth again next month just for fun.

Thanks again

Regards

Rob
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