From Tues "Sydney Morning Herald" http://www.smh.com.au/news/0112/11/national/national7.html
Qantas Kicks Ansett
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.