Qantas to cut 5,000 jobs after posting A$252 million pretax loss

Qantas is suffering from intense competition with its rival Virgin Australia. Photo: EPA

Australian carrier Qantas Airways plans to cut 5,000 jobs, or 15 per cent of its workforce, sell older jets and reduce capital spending after reporting a first-half loss amid growing competition in both international and domestic operations.

Thursday, 27 February, 2014, 3:59pm

Dubai nudging Hong Kong out as transit hub between Asia-Pacific and Europe

Two women take photographs from a vantage point near Hong Kong's airport as a Qantas Airways jet comes in to land. Photo: Bloomberg

Expanding the passenger-handling capacity of Hong Kong's airport, which is expected to run out by 2018, with a third runway - due to be completed 10 years from now - will fail to restore the city's role as a transit hub for flights between Asia-Pacific and Europe, analysts say.

14 Feb 2014 - 5:25pm 8 comments

Qantas, British Airways headphones linked to Chinese prison labour

Qantas and Emirates (left) airlines were named in a report on the manufacturing of disposable economy-class earphones. Photo: Reuters

Australian flag carrier Qantas launched an investigation on Wednesday into claims it purchased headphones made in a Chinese jail where inmates who miss production targets are reportedly beaten and held in solitary confinement.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Qantas brings forward Asian flight times

Qantas will bring forward flights to Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok by as much as about four hours. Photo: AFP

Qantas Airways, Australia's largest carrier, will fly seven Asian routes earlier in the day as a partnership with Emirates gives it more scope to run flights at times that appeal to business-class passengers.

5 Feb 2013 - 5:13am

Australia’s Qantas cancels one Dreamliner, 14 still on order

Qantas said a decision to trim its Dreamliner aircraft order was not prompted by the recent grounding. Photo: AFP

Australian airline Qantas Friday said it was cutting its order for Dreamliner aircraft by one, but said it had planned this move before the Boeing jets were grounded worldwide and still had 14 on order.

18 Jan 2013 - 10:46am

Disappearing paper trail more evidence of need for archive law

Wong Kam-sing

How interesting to read in yesterday's South China Morning Post the reason why the Health Department was unable to monitor and enforce the land-grant conditions of some non-profit making hospitals. These hospitals were supposed to set aside 20 per cent of their beds for the poor and needy but have not been doing so, as was revealed by the Director of Audit last month.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:12am

Qantas boss has no regrets over grounding fleet

Qantas signage at Sydney International airport on October 31, 2011 signals the end of a 46-hour grounding of the fleet sparked by a bitter industrial row. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said he has no regrets about the decision to pull all the airlines planes out of the sky for almost two days. Photo: AFP

Qantas chief Alan Joyce said he has no regrets about ordering the shock grounding of the Australian airline’s entire fleet last year, saying it paved the way for much needed change.

26 Oct 2012 - 11:22am

Qantas sets break-even hopes on alliance with Emirates

Embattled Qantas Airways said yesterday its lagging international business was expected to break even again from 2014 after a tie-up with Emirates it hoped would help it refocus on Asia.

10 Sep 2012 - 3:32am

Wants + needs

Wants + needs

Black on track

13 Sep 2012 - 11:53pm

Qantas posts huge loss, first annual loss in 17 years

epa03367699 Qantas CEO Alan Joyce (L) speaks as CFO Gareth Evans (R) looks on during the Qantas Group full year profit results announcement in Sydney, Australia, 23 August 2012. Qantas Airways Ltd said it would cancel firm orders for 35 Boeing 787-9 aircraft after posting a loss for the year ending June of 245 million Australian dollars (257 million US dollars). Australia's biggest carrier said high fuel prices and an industrial dispute that temporarily grounded its fleet were reflected in a switch from a profit of 250 million Australian dollars in the previous 12-month period. Nicholas Welsh/EPA

Australia’s struggling flagship carrier Qantas Airways cancelled orders for 35 Boeing Dreamliner jets to further cut costs after posting a full-year net loss for the first time in 17 years due to its bleeding international division.

23 Aug 2012 - 4:04pm

Cathay gets ready for some light entertainment

Screens on the back of airline seats are likely to be phased out over the next few years as an increasing number of carriers find that broadcasting movies or music through Wi-fi is more cost-effective.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Jetstar HK seeks operating licence

Jetstar Hong Kong, the budget airline set up by China Eastern Airlines and Australia's Jetstar, has sought regulatory approval for a licence to operate air services from Hong Kong, a senior China Eastern executive confirmed.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Budget carriers ready to take off

While full-service airlines are cutting jobs or freezing headcounts amid global economic gloom, things are looking up for budget airlines.

Hong Kong Express Airways, which plans to transform itself into a budget airline by the end of the year, is planning to hire 400 flight attendants in the city.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

Jetstar still to apply for HK licence

It has been over a month since the formation of Jetstar Hong Kong was announced, but those looking to fly cheap may have to wait a while as the budget carrier has yet to apply for the licence enabling it to operate here.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Budget venture Jetstar facing bumpy take-off

Regulatory and licensing issues could cause significant headwinds for Jetstar Hong Kong, the low-cost airline being set up by Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines, even before it takes to the skies, aviation experts say.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am