New-look Ansett ready to fly

Ansett is due to be handed over by its administrators to its new ownership this Friday February 1, if creditors of the former collapsed entity vote to pass the sale today in Melbourne.

The creditors include the unions and thousands of frequent flyer points holders who are unhappy they stand to get virtually nothing from the sale deal.

The new streamlined Ansett, under the stewardship of the Lindsay Fox and Solomon Lew Tesna syndicate, will only operate on eight routes between the five mainland capital cities; Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Canberra at this stage is not included in the main Ansett network, but is being serviced to and from Sydney via former subsidiary Kendell Airlines with ticket bookings offered on the Ansett website.

Hobart is not considered viable by the new owners and is now serviced only Qantas although both Qantas and Virgin fly to Launceston.

In-flight meals will be reintroduced on Ansett as will the participation in the worldwide Star Alliance.

A new frequent flyer program will be launched although holders of the old Global Rewards points may only get a small portion of their points honoured and only then if they use the new Ansett.

Australian Financial Review, p4 29/1/01