17 February 1936- 05 March 2002
Fokker Universal VH-UTO in the Ansett Sydney Terminal
commenced operations with its first flight from Hamilton to Melbourne on 17
February 1936 operated by a single engine Fokker Universal.
Its last flight operated by an Airbus A320 (as Ansett Airlines) departed from Perth shortly before midnight on 04 March 2002 arriving in Sydney about 6am on 05 March.
In between these dates the airline progressed from having one plane operating one short route to covering all Australian states and territories with the most comprehensive route network and some 133 aircraft, carrying around 13 million people a year.
In addition the Ansett empire grew to include road freight (Ansett Freight Express), passenger bus and tours (Ansett Pioneer), TV (Channel 0 in Melbourne & Brisbane), Hotels (Gateway Inn) and other operations. Interests in Diners Club Australia, a finance company - Associated Securities and Biro Bic were also held at different times.
In the airline business Ansett Airways took over the much larger private enterprise airline Australian National Airways in 1957 as the latter was about to go out of business due to bankruptcy. This was followed by the acquisition of Butler Air Transport (later Airlines of New South Wales), Queensland Airlines, Guinea Airways (Airlines of South Australia), MacRobertson Miller Airlines (Airlines of WA). Airlines of South Australia was closed in 1986 while the others were integrated into Ansett Airlines during the 1980's. Other airlines that were acquired at later dates were Kendell Airlines, Hazelton Airlines, Skywest.
types operated by Ansett and its
subsidiary airlines during the company's
66 year history included:
Douglas Aircraft Corporation
DC3, DC4, DC5, DC6, DC9
DC3 VH-ABR which was operated by Airlines of South Australia in the 1960's.
B727, B737, B747, B767
F27, F28, F50
Airlines of South Australia F-27 VH-FNI (City of Whyalla) at Adelaide Airport
V756, V812, V832
Convair CV440 Metropolitan
Convair CV440 VH-BZN of Airlines of South Australia at Adelaide Airport about 1971
From 1936-1979 the airline was controlled by its founder Reginald Myles Ansett later Sir Reginald Ansett.
In 1979 a
hostile takeover bid by TNT Ltd and News Ltd was successfuyl. Neither of the new owners
were really interested in the airline
but wanted the company for its road freight and TV operations respectively.
Sir Reginald Ansett died in 1981.
the 1990's ownership was transferred to Air New Zealand before operating losses
and lack of funds for re-equipping the airline forced its grounding on 14 Sep
2001. Limited operations between capital cities while attempts to sell the
operations continued from late September until 04 March 2002, when a bid to
takeover the business by 2 Melbourne businessmen (Lindsay Fox and Solomon Lew) failed and all operations
Some Ansett subsidiaries (Kendell Airlines, Skywest, Hazelton Airlines) escaped the closure and continued to operate.
c. 1971, Ansett Lockheed Electra L188 VH-RMA at Adelaide Airport.
Ansett A320 about to take off from Adelaide Airport. 09 April 1999
Some Ansett Timetables
July 1960 October 1974 March 1986
Ansett 50th Anniversary
Introduction of A320 aircraft
To see a near full size image of one page
from the 1960 timetable click on the image.
Note that the page will take a while to download, the image being 130k in size.
OTHER ANSETT PAGES Ansett A320 at Melbourne Airport, 07 Jan 2002
AIRLINES OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The image of the Ansett logo at the top of this page was taken from a photo of an Ansett A320 at Melbourne Airport on 07 Jan 2002.
This page was created on 05 March 2002 and last updated on 30 September 2007. (c) Robert D Blair 2002-2007.