Ansett Holdings Ltd., Australia's No.2 air carrier, may acquire 12 Boeing 747 jetliners as part of a plan to start flying to the U.S., the Australian newspaper reports, citing industry sources. The plan to expand Ansett, of which Air New Zealand is about to buy 50 percent, takes into account research showing Australian passengers prefer local air carriers, the newspaper said. The newspaper said Ansett may fly repainted Air New Zealand 747s to help it expand outside the domestic Australian market, where competition is about to become tougher with the introduction of two new carriers
On May 31, Kendall Airlines, Ansett Airline's regional subsidiary, said it was considering buying as many as 12 jet aircraft, built by Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. at a cost of $20 million each. These planes will carry 70 passengers.