Ansett New Zealand
Ansett NZ Logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations25 July 1987
Ceased operations2001
Frequent-flyer programStar Alliance (Ansett)
Oneworld (Qantas)
Fleet sizeSee Below
DestinationsSee Below
Parent companyAnsett Transport Industries
Ansett New Zealand British Aerospace 146 at Wellington, August 1999
Ansett New Zealand British Aerospace 146 at Wellington, August 1999
Ansett New Zealand Bombardier Dash 8 at Hamilton, July 2000
Ansett New Zealand Bombardier Dash 8 at Hamilton, July 2000
Ansett New Zealand Boeing 737–130, November 1988
Ansett New Zealand Boeing 737–130, November 1988

Ansett New Zealand was an airline serving the New Zealand domestic market between 1987 and 2000. It was a subsidiary of Ansett Transport Industries. In order to comply with regulatory requirements relating to the acquisition of Ansett Transit Industries by Air New Zealand, Ansett New Zealand was sold to News Corporation and later to Tasman Pacific Airlines of New Zealand in 2000, operating as a Qantas franchise under the Qantas New Zealand brand. It went into receivership and subsequently liquidation in 2001.


Ansett New Zealand was the result of Ansett Transport Industries' desire to expand into the New Zealand market, enabled by the relaxation of regulation in the aviation sector by the fourth Labour government.[1] Ansett Transport Industries formed a partnership with two New Zealand companies, Brierley Investments and Newmans Coach Lines, the latter being a tourism company which owned the unprofitable Newmans Air.[1] Newmans Air formed the basis for a new expanded airline, the company being Bilmans Management Ltd, operating as Ansett New Zealand. Half its shares (the maximum allowed for a foreign company) were owned by Ansett, with Brierley holding 27.5% and Newmans holding 22.5%.[1] Subsequently, regulations were relaxed still further, and Ansett took full ownership in April 1988.[1][2]

Operations started on 25 July 1987 with three Boeing 737-100 aircraft between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.[3][4] The ex Newmans Air de Havilland Canada Dash 7s were used on tourist routes between Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Mount Cook and Queenstown. The old and noisy Boeing 737 aircraft were replaced with new and quieter British Aerospace 146s known as "Whisper Jets". Routes were extended to Dunedin and Invercargill. Also the old Dash-7s were replaced with the much more fuel efficient Bombardier Dash 8s. By the year 2000 the fleet had risen to eight BAE-146s (one a quick change version to convert to freighter operations) and five Dash-8s.

During the early 1990s, Ansett New Zealand created television advertisements emphasising the airline's customer service. One advert featured a businessman (played by Peter Hambleton) who accidentally brought his cat Fluffy to the airport; the Ansett check-in attendant subsequently takes Fluffy off the businessman's hands and arranges for the cat to be taken home. The advert was voted the best by public vote in the 1992 Fair Go Ad Awards.[5][6]

In 1996, Air New Zealand made a bid to purchase half of Ansett Transport Industries, after an open skies agreement for the former to fly within Australia was abruptly withdrawn. Anti-monopoly regulators did not want Air New Zealand to gain control of Ansett's operations in New Zealand, however, and it was therefore required that the two Ansett airlines would be separated. Ansett would be owned by Air New Zealand and (until it was bought out) News Corporation, while Ansett New Zealand would be owned by News Corporation exclusively.

In June 2000, News Corporation sold Ansett New Zealand to Tasman Pacific Airlines that was owned by a group of investors including RM Williams.[2][7] Shortly afterwards, the company became a franchise of Qantas, operating under the Qantas New Zealand brand.[8][9][10] The following year, however, the airline went into liquidation.[11] Qantas's later involvement in the New Zealand domestic market was unrelated and not through a franchise agreement.



Prior to the suspension of domestic passenger services, the airline (as at January 2001) operated services to the following scheduled destinations:[12]

Destination Country IATA ICAO Airport Start End Status
Auckland New Zealand AKL NZAA Auckland Airport Terminated
Blenheim New Zealand BHE NZWB Woodbourne Airport Terminated
Christchurch New Zealand CHC NZCH Christchurch Airport Terminated
Dunedin New Zealand DUD NZDN Dunedin Airport Terminated
Hamilton New Zealand HLZ NZHN Hamilton Airport Terminated
Invercargill New Zealand IVC NZNV Invercargill Airport Terminated
Milford Sound New Zealand MFN NZMF Milford Sound Airport Terminated
Nelson New Zealand NSN NZNS Nelson Airport Terminated
Palmerston North New Zealand PMR NZPM Palmerston North Airport Terminated
Queenstown New Zealand ZQN NZQN Queenstown Airport Terminated
Rotorua New Zealand ROT NZRO Rotorua Airport Terminated
Te Anau New Zealand TEU NZMO Te Anau Airport Terminated
Whakatāne New Zealand WHK NZWK Whakatane Airport Terminated
Whangārei New Zealand WRE NZWR Whangarei Airport Terminated
Wellington New Zealand WLG NZWN Wellington Airport Terminated


See also


  1. ^ a b c d Don't knock Air New Zealand – the Press, 5 September 2007
  2. ^ a b The Story of the Rise and Fall of Ansett 1936–2002. Fyshwick: Stewart Wilson Aerospace Publications. 2002. pp. 19, 22, 34, 35, 42. ISBN 1875671579.
  3. ^ Ansett Shows Colours Australian Transport February 1987 page 18
  4. ^ Ansett Runs Amok Australian Transport July 1987 page 24
  5. ^ "Ansett Airlines". Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  6. ^ Milne, Kevin (2010). The life and times of a brown paper bag. Auckland, N.Z.: Random House. ISBN 978-1-86979-362-3. OCLC 843568292.
  7. ^ Qantas holds Ansett buyout key The New Zealand Herald 30 June 2000
  8. ^ Franchise to Ansett New Zealand Qantas 26 June 2000
  9. ^ Qantas franchise to freshen Ansett NZ New Zealand Herald 30 June 2000
  10. ^ Qantas: Recent Developments and Preliminary Monthly Traffic and Capacity Statistics, May 2000 Archived 5 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine (PDF)
  11. ^ New Zealand Aviation News, Vol XXIV No 4, May 2001
  12. ^ "Ansett NZ route map". Pinterest. Retrieved 11 July 2017.

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