I mega merger has the potential to crush Qantas. Most people you travel for business(which is the bulk of ansett clintee) don't care where the money goes. If they did they would by Australian built cars and not German ones, or japanese. Its not a sad day at all for ansett. It was already forgen owend too, because News ltd is not australian anymore, its american. So really, its is a great day because for the first time, the airline is totally committed to the airline business. Do you think News ltd would have more vision for the airline business than Singapore Airlines? I think not. Basically, if Qantas doesn't keep on its toes its going to sink. BA started installing inseat tv screens in economy, qantas foolishly rulled it out! On the kangaroo route, when the price is cheaper on singapore, and they have a more advanced and better product, a lot of people will choose singapore. British airways could see this and is doing somthing about it.(hence in PTVs) What does qantas do, install new seats. Well, it didn't include footrests in its new design, (unlike competing SIA, and AirNZ, and cathay) and doesn't have the hudge seat pitch Ansetts 743s have, (typically 36"-37" in economy) so, why should i fly Qantas. Half of Qantas is not Australian owned, so its not really all that Australian(hence the airline dropping the phrase 'Qantas - the Australian Airline' and reverting back to its previous 'Qantas - the spirit of Australia' which sounds better anyway) In almost every Qantas termainal, right beside the Qantas sign at check-in, you will see a British Airways sign. Even at domestic Airports that have no international service! I flew out of OOL in January, and i heard staff commenting on the sign(BA) saying they wonder how long it will take before that was the only sign in the termanal.
It is a great day, and it gives Ansett a chance. Remember before the Qantas and Australian Airlines merger- Australian was no more powerful than ansett. This is ansett's opertunity, the same opertunity Australian Airlines had and took!!!!!!