|Quoting PROSA (Reply 13):|
While we're on language topics, is it just me, or does anyone else think that "TNT" is a somewhat odd choice for an airline's name?
The name comes from the original Australian company's initials - "Thomas Nationwide Transport."
Long ago, I worked for one of their US air freight forwarding subsidiary, TNT Express. They'd bought the division off the Bekins moving company (it had been Bekins Express), and later sold us off to a company called "Right O Way", at which point I was laid off. I'm presuimg they in turn got bought up by someone else, since I can't find a website for them. (No great loss, from what I saw of Right-O-Way's operation.)
IIRC, TNT owned half of Ansett at one point, and shared control with News Corp (or one of Murdoch's predecessor corporations, I'm not sure which.) Ansett owned a television network, which Murdoch wanted control of, and both Murdoch and TNT wanted to use Ansett as a "cash cow"
to fund other ventures.