Looking back with 20/20 hind-sight, I wonder what the situation would've been like now, had the New Zealand and Australian regulatory bodies given the go ahead for a 49% investment by Singapore Airlines in the former Air NZ
/Ansett Australasian airline?
would never had to have divested (embarrassingly and financially devastatingly) itself of Ansett.
Ansett would have had a very strong international feed from two sides (Asia and the Pacific) from SQ
, like Qantas does from its international arm.
domestic would also have had the same advantage.
would have had a great domestic feed from Oz (again like QF
were committed to growing AN
International, so there'd have been another choice for Australians internationally with a seamless transition from AN
Capital would have been available for new aircraft, cabin retro-fits and other equipment that both AN
Govt. (aka NZ
people) wouldn't then have had to rescue the floundering New Zealand flag-carrier.
Australian jobs would not have been lost (well not immediatley, but there'd have been more time to negotiate some sense with certain unions).
Australian confidence and national pride would not have been so dented with the loss of an Ozzy icon.
Qantas wouldn't have been handed the mega-monopoly it received on the somewhat bloodied silver platter.
There would have been a truly robust and competitive Australasian airline industry to, from and within Australia and New Zealand.
The flying public would have had more choice and quite possibly more consistently competitive prices.
would have had partnership advice and participation from the world's most consistent "Black Ink" airline.
The alliance (cemented by financial interdependence) would have worked with three very strong, quality focused, nationalistic brands without eroding any of each's independence or attributes.
Virgin Blue would still be successful and chipping away at the majors with a whole new product offering and ethos.
You know, I can't figure any negative ramifications that may have occurred. Actually, well SQ
, like NZ
would have found out just how badly AN
had been run in previous administrations - and the Unions may still not have come to the party to help rescue their airline.
Question: Does anyone else think Rod Eddington got off far too lightly with the collapse of Ansett? Amazing how fast he jumped ship once he'd steered the course of a sale from News Corp.