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Twelve Years on Frank G Farewells an Enduring Partnership

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Asia’s largest airline, China Southern, has only just begun to flicker on the public radar in Australia, yet the Guangzhou-based carrier has been flying here for more than 12 years.

And the man credited with starting services into Sydney just after the 2000 Olympic Games is leaving to spend his well-earned retirement beach fishing from the front of his new home at East Banora on the Tweed Coast.

Frank at his CZ farewell with (L-R) Bill Bryant, CZ; Barb Taylor, Accor; Edward Wang, CZ; Janice Antonson, Cairns Airport; Frank and Rosemary Gyzemyter; Yvonne Janiszewski, CZ; Ben James, Brisbane Airport.

Frank at his CZ farewell with (L-R) Bill Bryant, CZ; Barb Taylor, Accor; Edward Wang, CZ; Janice Antonson, Cairns Airport; Frank and Rosemary Gyzemyter; Yvonne Janiszewski, CZ; Ben James, Brisbane Airport.

“I was CZ’s first Australian employee, joining in 1997 to begin a service into Brisbane,” Frank Gyzemyter recalled.

“It didn’t survive the Asian financial crisis.  But Guangzhou had decided Australia was going to play a central role in CZ’s financial expansion so three years later I was re-hired to make it happen again, this time in Sydney.

“Our first flight was scheduled for December 7, 2000, which gave five CZ admin staff and trainers flown in from Guangzhou and I just two months to set up city and airport offices in Sydney and also in Melbourne – right at the peak of preparations for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

“We somehow met the deadline, completing full furniture and computer fit-outs in four separate offices and training up eight staff for Sydney and six for Melbourne.

“Oh yes, and running a fully-blown marketing blitz to try to fill those critical early flights.  It was a swirl of activity.”

Frank smiles and shakes his head at the memory.

“We started with three weekly flights triangulating over Melbourne to Sydney.  We’re now up to 45 direct flights a week into Brisbane, Perth and Auckland as well as Sydney and Melbourne at peak times, and Guangzhou is aiming for 55 flights by 2015.”

After four years of commuting Frank moved back to his home city of Brisbane in 2004, but not before hiring well known hotelier and aviation marketer Bill Bryant to take over the national job.

“Bill’s immense drive, enthusiasm and experience were just what CZ needed for its ambitious expansion program, which has been very capably overseen by Regional GM Henry He after being posted here in 2010 from building the CZ brand in the busy Taiwan market.

“With an additional number of local airline people joining last year including Derek Morris from Cathay, it is clear that Henry and Bill have pulled together a very experienced and enthusiastic team to make CZ a formidable player in this part of the world for many years to come.  I wish them the very best of success.”

So how much fishing is Frank hoping to do in his retirement?  Not as much as he thinks, because with Brisbane achieving record CZ passengers and about to get an extra daily service Frank has begun fielding some tempting part-time offers from companies wanting to tap into his vast knowledge of aviation and the booming China market.

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