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Old Feb 26, 02, 7:27 pm
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Post your AN memories HERE

This is a thread to remember Ansett and the people that made it a great place to fly with as customers, or a great place to work as staff.

Please everyone feel free to contribute.

I'll start with memories of lovely staff, often bending over backwards to help. Of the crew of Charlie Zulu Oscar in Feb, 1996 flying ADL-MEL who invited me up front and let me stay for landing into home, during dusk, all because they saw I had a Boeing 777 tshirt on, and they liked it. I'll also remember a different crew of a 320 (Hotel Yankee Echo) MEL-PER, who while I was up front chatting with them let some kids up front, and played games with them showign them the cockpit and "shooting" with the buttoms on their joysticks ("just like Nintendo!") - this same crew then signed postcards and gave them to all the kids. Or the crew on AN International who very nicely let me pop into the front office flying HKG-SYD even though it was a check ride, and the check captain was nice enough to spend some time with me chatting. I'll remember friendly agents at MEL, SYD & BNE GW clubs who were always very nice to me, even though I was just getting in on my *G card and not a "real" member. Even to the ernest folks at SYD GW Club on 01Feb, who apologised several times to us for not being able to offer us full service, but wishing us well and taking the time to talk to us.

And lastly, to my ex-AN International friend, who always worked within the rules, but got me some very good fares and never complained with silly ticket requests (usually convoluted * RTW tickets) and even remembered personal touches like to organise me a window seat into MEL every time, or whatever.

I remember the staff of Ansett, who gave the spirit of Sir Reg form and always worked hard, even under trying circumstances (eg: the Easter 767 groundings, the period under administration, etc) and always made me feel welcome and safe on board an aircraft flying the Southern Cross and the "A".

Thank you.

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Old Feb 27, 02, 1:11 am
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This is heartwrenching, and my heart does go out to the employees. Pretty much everyone loved Ansett up until the Christmas debacle just a few months ago. To think of the Ansett empire just over a few months ago, and to see it now, is just terrible. My first ever flight was in 1988 on an Ansett 737-200 ADL-SYD. I also had the joy of flying on Ansett 727s, 737-300s, 767s and A320s. I always chose to fly with Ansett - the staff were out of this world, even up to my last flight with them on 01 Feb this year...there was still hope back then. Thank you a million times over for the great memories - I hope you guys get jobs at Qantas or Virgin Blue and show them what service really means. After all, you guys are the ones that had the service that shines. Absolutely! http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/biggrin.gif
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Old Feb 27, 02, 2:07 am
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I still remember my first AN flight back in 1996.

AN016 from MEL-SYD-OOL on an A320-211.

Smiling crew, lots of young kids, Japanese tourists all glowing with anticipation of a great escape to the sunny beaches of the Gold Coast. The finest livery in the sky was barely two years old, with that magnificent "A" Starmark proudly displayed on the tail. As I deboarded, I remember being invited into the cockpit to inspect the office end of the plane. A short turnaround, and took off from RWY16L and punched a hole in the sky as we winged our way to Cooly.

Back in 1998, on a MEL-PER sector, I was invited for my first jumpseat landing and visual approach onto RWY03.

I still have a good bottle of red from Business Class on my AN744 flight, offered to me as a gift by the crew for a tired PTV. I still remember the FAs who would not look down on you, instead, would bow down on their knees and speak to you at face level. I remember their fantastic service, and when they would pull out the cocktail tray prior to serving drinks without you knowing.

I remember all the cheers onboard VH-RME seconds after liftoff off RWY34 at SYD as Cathy Freeman won Gold in the 400m.

I only made just under 30 flights with Ansett over these few years, but at least I know I was able to savour the little known jewel of Australia's skies, Ansett International.

So I'll leave with a few slogans of better days gone past

"One of the World's Great Airlines"
"Service that Shines"
"Go your own way"
"Absolutely"
"Flying for Australia"
"The Spirit of Competition"

Cheers,

Justin
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Old Feb 27, 02, 4:06 am
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Ansett International memory: What other airline, what other place would welcome customers, specially international customers, aboard with "Welcome aboard, Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls" - right from the Captain. What a joy to return from random levels of service (in any cabin class) on UA or LH or some other, to a friendly smile, wave and lovely nature of AN's finest. The sort to make sure you were comfortable, or suggest where a free row was to curl up for the night. To offer extra icecream, and as Justin said, come to your seated level to talk with you, not _at_ you.

That proud livery, displayed in a fine picture on the AnsettSTARS page, and on the front page of today's MX rag... one to disappear from our skies, but not from our hearts.

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Old Feb 27, 02, 7:38 am
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My best Ansett memory has to come from October 1987 on approach to CNS after a flight from Sydney in a 727.

We were approved for a deviation from our approach for a couple of loops round green island so as that we could all get a good look before we landed. And true to form we did a complete clockwise lap of the island for the people on the right to see followed by 30 seconds of flying dead ahead followed by a left turn and a total lap of the island with the left wing dipped. I cant imagine this happening today - but it was 1987 afterall.

Another great memory was watching the sun rise behind VH-ANA in BNE on the 4th of June 01 as she taxied in from KIX before continuing onto SYD with me onboard strapped into 20K. If the darkside's domestic service could be one onehundreth as good as what the service was like on this sector then QF would have nothing but happy customers.

Whilst I only ever flew AN 13 times each and every experience was one which I will look back upon with a smile in the years to come.

Auf Wiedersehen Ansett ...

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Old Feb 27, 02, 8:41 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by RichardMEL:
Ansett International memory: What other airline, what other place would welcome customers, specially international customers, aboard with "Welcome aboard, Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls" - right from the Captain. What a joy to return from random levels of service (in any cabin class) on UA or LH or some other, to a friendly smile, wave and lovely nature of AN's finest. The sort to make sure you were comfortable, or suggest where a free row was to curl up for the night. To offer extra icecream, and as Justin said, come to your seated level to talk with you, not _at_ you.

That proud livery, displayed in a fine picture on the AnsettSTARS page, and on the front page of today's MX rag... one to disappear from our skies, but not from our hearts.

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I have heard many times on QF international flts the pax being addresses as Ladies & gentlemen boys & girls.
I have in years past enjoyed some great flights in Ansett first class. It was also on Ansett that I experienced the rudest flight attendant I have ever encountered!
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Old Feb 27, 02, 7:23 pm
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Well 744 - Not all the people at AN were perfect of course, and I can say that I've had some good experiences on QF too (Although listening to Geoff Dixon's "sympathy" makes my blood run cold).

I'm glad that QF does the "boys and girls" thing too on flights. It's so sort of charming and aussie - makes you know you're on the way home http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif

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Old Feb 27, 02, 7:57 pm
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The first time I ever travelled business class, VH-CZE. If there's anything I will remember, it was that.

I never flew on the AN 767's, I now mourn the demise of the A320 from Australian skies.
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Old Feb 27, 02, 8:22 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by RichardMEL:

I'm glad that QF does the "boys and girls" thing too on flights. It's so sort of charming and aussie - makes you know you're on the way home http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif

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Next thing we know, you'll be claiming pavlovas are an Australian invention as well http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif

Since you can hear "ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls" fairly often on Air New Zealand as well, perhaps the custom is better described as antipodean, rather than aussie. (And I wonder if both copied the custom from somewhere else).
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Old Feb 27, 02, 8:34 pm
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BZZT! Any mention of anything NZ is NOT ALLOWED in this, of all, threads, in this, of all, forums!!!

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You are flying on a restricted L class fare here! That's L for Lurve http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/biggrin.gif

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Old Feb 27, 02, 9:37 pm
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While on the other side of the court, this is certainly a very sad day for Australian avaiation and Australia in general.

I wish all the employees well and hope they find jobs quickly. They definitely did the best they could inspite of management and government f*ckups.



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Old Feb 28, 02, 1:07 am
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All this nostalgia sent me in search of my log-book for some ANSETT flying stats :

I logged some 385,200 kms in 497.15 hrs on 153 flights (164 sectors) with ANSETT.

I have done around 28% of my total flying on ANSETT.

First 27/11/69 AN 029 BNE/SYD 727-77C VH-RMS

Last 11/12/01 AN 247 SYD/PER A320-211 VH-HYH.

Most logged aircraft was the A320 (64 flights) got 'em all except HYL.

Also did some 46 flights on 767s (flew RMG 11 times).

Was also fortunate to be invited up for 29 jump-seat landings, plus 3 complete flights in the jumpseat including a fog diversion where flight time was 6 hours.

Also had my longest trans-continental flight when RMG took over 6 hours one night battling headwinds SYD/PER.

Thanks for the memories, I'll miss you guys.
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Old Feb 28, 02, 6:12 am
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Old Mar 2, 02, 11:08 am
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Did my two flights in the 1980's. The planes had 3 and 3 seating - still remember the left 3 were smoking and the right 3 were non-smoking. First and last time I saw the arrangement.
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Old Mar 4, 02, 10:10 pm
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I just got in under the wire -- flying AN for my first and only roundtrip SYD-CNS-SYD -- during the first week of September, 2001. The flights were very pleasant with excellent service and the superb lounge at SYD was a welcome sight after a long redeye from the US.
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