Every press release/news article I read talks either about SIA wanting to "help" Ansett, or take a pie of the "lucrative" Aus domestic market.
Isn't this is a redherring? First - no for-profit business will "help" another company, second - the Aus domestic market may be lucrative but Impulse and VB didn't find a fantastic growth potential either.
Methinks that future long-range and faster aircraft like the Sonic Cruiser, A345, 777LR could mean the end of SIN as a big hub on the kangaroo route. Singapore does not have the population mass to support a lot of local traffic either. So when QF/BA/LH/AF start nonstop Europe/Aus flights, and some long/thin routes to South and South East Asia can be viable as nonstop flights from US, SIA could be in big trouble.
This could explain their acquisition strategy - VS in Europe (with LHR slots), AN,ANZ, and Air India (future growth potential and route rights).
Any other ideas?