If the plan to sell off the remaining portion of Ansett Australia to Singapore Airlines goes ahead, WILL THEY BE STILL CLASSED AS AN AUSTRALIAN AIRLINE??
With the two sole owners being Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines, I beleive that this would strip them of the right to be classed as an Australian airline.
Please, do not think for one minute that I am against Ansett. I have flown with them on many occasions and found their service to be exceptional (sure their coffee is shite but who's isn't).
My only concern is that once ownership is bestowed upon companies overseas the right to be classed as an Australian airline would be questionable indeed.
And to be perfectly honest I also do not believe that it will benefit the airline nor their route network in any way, shape or form. In particular I do not foresee their International operations benefiting whatsoever.
The introduction of two 747-400's into their fleet will still only provide the capacity to serve their current destinations. If Ansett are serious about their International services, additional aircraft will be required. But does Ansett (or SQ or NZ for that matter) have the money to invest in additional aircraft. At this stage, I think not.
What do you think?
Craig M Murray