Lineage of Qantas Jetconnect.
|1986||Ansett Australia purchased a 50% shareholding in Newmans Air together with Brierley Investments (27.5%) and formed a new company, Bilmans Management, to operate as Ansett New Zealand. In December, the 2 Newmans Dash-7s were replaced with 2 DHC-8-102s.|
|1987||Ansett New Zealand commenced main-trunk operations in New Zealand using 4 Boeing 737-100s (later supplemented with 2 B737-200s). The DHC-8 fleet was increased until 7 aircraft were being utilized.|
|1989||Ansett New Zealand started to replace the ageing Boeing 737s with a fleet of British Aerospace 146s (3 x 200s and 9 x 300s) for main trunk operations with the DHC-8s operating the New Zealand regional services.|
|1996||Air New Zealand made a bid to purchase Ansett Australia. The New Zealand regulators stipulated that before the purchase could proceed Ansett Australia and Ansett New Zealand had to be separated. Ansett New Zealand was therefore sold to News Corporation.|
On September 3rd, Ansett New Zealand collapsed and the airline was sold to a new company set up by a group of New Zealand businessman, and named Tasman Pacific Airlines of New Zealand.
On September 4th operations were commenced by Tasman Pacific trading as Qantas New Zealand, under a franchise agreement with Qantas Australia. This was the first time that Qantas Australia had given permission for their name to be used in a franchise operation. Eight of the BAe146s were leased from Bilmans Management plus six of the DHC-8s leased from Ansett.
On April 21st, just 203 days after startup, Tasman Pacific Airlines trading as Qantas New Zealand suddenly closed their doors for the last time and ceased all operations.
Qantas Australia immediately withdrew their name from the franchise. However within days they had brought in to New Zealand a small fleet of Boeing 737-300s to offer a skeleton service on main trunk routes to honour tickets purchased prior to the collapse of Qantas New Zealand.
|2002||In July Qantas set up Jetconnect, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas Australia, based in Auckland. This airline commenced operations in October with a fleet of Boeing 737-300s and later Boeing 737-400s covering the main trunk New Zealand services, until these were taken over by Jetstar Airways (another Qantas subsidiary) on June 10, 2009.
Jetconnect crews then operated selected trans-Tasman services using their Boeing 737-400s.
|2014||With the replacement of the Boeing 737-400s, Jetconnect crews commenced operating selected Qantas Mainline Boeing 737-800s on trans-Tasman services.|