The last vestiges of the Ansett fleet of 134 jets are to be broken up for spare parts and sold for an estimated $900,000 by KMA, the Korda-Mentha administrators .

These parts will come from two BAe 146 jets the administrators are repossessing from European operator Orionair which has been unable to meet its commitments under a leasing deal.

Using figures released by the TWU in December as a guide, the breaking up of the jets, which are considered unsaleable, will mean over 94% of the entitlements of Ansett employees will have been recovered and repaid, with approximately $39 million outstanding.

It is now just over 7 years and one month since that sad and angry day when the last active Ansett jet, an A320 operated by Ansett Mark 11, took its place amid the parked fleet at Tullamarine and shut down its engines.

The scars and recriminations have neither healed nor fallen silent.

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