Ansett may fly again this week

Ansett planes could commence flying again as early as tomorrow, some staff have returned to work today.

Virgin Blue said today it hoped to get Ansett planes flying by Wednesday and Qantas said talk of a leasing agreement was premature.

Following advice from administrator Peter Hedge, cargo workers at Ansett's domestic terminal at Sydney Airport were asked to return to work.

Virgin Blue was hoping to lease some of the Ansett fleet as soon as possible, Virgin spokesman David Huttner said.

But he told ABC radio: “No decision has been reached.

“Right now we've got a team of people working through the maintenance records of each of the aircraft … we have to make sure the aircraft can operate on our fleet standards and we're trying our best to put those aircraft in if we can.”

He said Virgin Blue was in talks with the Ansett administrator to evaluate what would be possible in terms of the Ansett 737 fleet.

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