Ansett New Zealand switches allegiance to QANTAS

As has long been anticipated, BAe 146 operator Ansett New Zealand will soon begin operating as Qantas New Zealand. The airline will formally be renamed Tasman Pacific Airlines of New Zealand, but operate with the QANTAS livery and name. QANTAS will provide management assistance to the New Zealand airline and access to the OneWorld global airline alliance. Combined buying of inputs ranging from fuel to uniforms will help reduce operating costs. The move follows Air New Zealand’s recent acquisition of Australian airline Ansett, to which Ansett NZ had once been closely linked through Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. A consortium of New Zealand businessmen bought Ansett NZ from News Corp in March. The franchise agreement with QANTAS will initially last seven years, and may be renewed. Ansett NZ currently operates eight BAe 146-300s and eight Dash 8s.

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