Ansett Airlines was a major Australian domestic airline that ended up collapsing on 13 September 2001. Along with Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA), it dominated services down under during the latter half of the 20th century.

The history of aviation in Australia is very interesting. Restrictive policies such as the Two Airline Policy, in the name of “competition”, as well as some interesting players make it a story well worth knowing.

Ansett Airlines History Video

After the last video on the airline TWA, this time we have a look at the interesting story about Ansett Australia. This video was made by Ruairidh MacVeigh and runs for a shade over half an hour.

It starts at the beginning of the story but moves through at a decent pace, giving all the pertinent facts along the way. Some of the decisions prior to 1990 are remarkable, such as operating the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-300 at the same time.

From about half way through, we hit deregulation in Australia and some more items that lead to the eventual demise of the airline. Some of it is down to the people running the airline and some seems to be Government regulation.

Eventually the airline went bankrupt and despite attempts to restart the airline, that was that. Either way, many people fondly remember the carrier, not least the former employees.

Overall Thoughts

It is a shame that Ansett Airlines had such bizarre management and ownership, especially during the 1980s. A lot of the wheeling and dealing around the airline seems to have been at the expense of the carrier itself.

When Ansett when under, Virgin Blue was able to rapidly fill the void, as did Qantas. Today the two main airlines in Australia are Qantas and Virgin Australia, with some other minor players such as Rex and the new airline startup Bonza. It will be interesting to see what happens there!

Did you know the story of Ansett Australia? Ever fly them and if so, what were they like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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