Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan is a Business Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Alan Joyce faces showdown talks with union chiefs over Qantas cuts

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Matt O'Sullivan, James Massola Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce is on course for another showdown with the airline's heavily unionised staff after axing 5000 jobs and embarking on a wages freeze across the company.

Qantas union showdown is on

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Matt O’Sullivan and James Massola Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce is on course for another showdown with the airline's heavily unionised workers after announcing the axing of 5000 jobs and embarking on a bid to freeze wages across...

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Aviation

BNE: Qantas to sell Brisbane Airport for $112m

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Matt O'Sullivan Qantas has confirmed it has reached agreement to sell its long-term lease on its terminal at Brisbane Airport for $112 million.

Aviation

Qantas cuts 5000 jobs, posts $252 million first half loss

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Matt O'Sullivan and James Massola Qantas will axe 5000 jobs in the biggest shake up of its operations since it was floated almost two decades ago.

Qantas chief Alan Joyce cuts 5000 jobs

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Jens Meyer, Matt O'Sullivan Qantas will axe 5000 jobs, ditch unprofitable routes and retire ageing gas-guzzling planes, in the biggest shake up of its operations since it was floated.

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Aviation

Crunch time for Qantas chief Alan Joyce on airline job cuts

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Matt O'Sullivan and Max Mason Qantas chief Alan Joyce faces one of the biggest tests of his career on Thursday when he is expected to reveal more than 3000 job cuts, the early retirement of planes and airport terminal sales.

Travel

Flight Centre posts record $111 million profit

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Matt O'Sullivan Flight Centre has broken another record by posting a 22 per cent rise in first-half net profit to $111 million as a weaker dollar failed to dampen Australians' love affair with overseas travel.

Aviation

'Palliative, not panacea': Analysts' diagnosis on Qantas ownership change

FILE - NOVEMBER 28: Qantas has announced that it is suspending its forty year partnership with Tourism Australia, accusing its chairman, and former Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon of a conflict of interest. Dixon is understood to be leading a consortium attempting  to buy a large stake in Qantas, sack the management including Dixon's successor, current CEO Alan Joyce, and change direction of the airline. Joyce wrote to Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson advising that the airline will not restart its partnership with Tourism Australia whilst Dixon is at the helm. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31:  Passengers wait inside the terminal to board their Qantas flights after checking in at Melbourne Airport on October 31, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. Qantas flights are expected to return to the skies at 2:00pm today, after a decision by Fair Work Australia to terminate the industrial action that grounded the airline from Saturday.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Matt O'Sullivan CLSA analysts point out the airline was not beating the drum about an ''uneven playing field'' in the decade after the collapse of Ansett when it had a near monopoly.

Travel

Record profit for Flight Centre as Aussies take off

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Matt O'Sullivan Flight Centre has broken another record after posting a 22 per cent rise in first-half net profit to $111 million as Australians' love affair with overseas travel continued unabated.

Transport

540 jobs to go as McAleese halves Cootes fuel truck fleet

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Cootes tankers at their Spotswood depot.
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Matt O'Sullivan McAleese will axe about 540 jobs including truck drivers and workshop staff from Cootes Transport after deciding to halve the size of the beleaguered fuel-haulage business.

Sydney petrol stations run dry as Cootes trucks taken off the road

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Nicole Hasham, Matt O'Sullivan At least two Sydney petrol stations have completely run out of fuel after fuel tankers from the troubled Cootes fleet were taken off the road.

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Transport

McAleese seeks suspension from trading as it wrestles with Cootes truck safety fallout

Matt O'Sullivan McAleese, the owner of Cootes Transport's fuel tankers, has sought a suspension from trading ahead of it revealing the details of the restructure of the trucking division and an expected...

Qantas bailout: Virgin wants to get on board

Virgin Australia Boeing 737 lands in front of grounded Qantas jets.

Adele Ferguson, Matt O'Sullivan Abbott's government will need to offer financial assistance to the country's entire aviation industry.

Analysis

Treasurer Joe Hockey lines up debt facility for airline Qantas

Generic Qantas pictures at Melbourne airport. Qantas announced they will reduce staff numbers by 1000 people. 5th of December 2013 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Matt O'Sullivan A helping hand from the government will grant Alan Joyce only a temporary reprieve.

Aviation

Assistance to Qantas is unfair, Virgin Australia says

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Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia has hit out at plans by the federal government to extend a helping hand to Qantas, saying any taxpayer guarantee should be extended to all airlines.

Politics

Qantas fight with unions could be just what the government wants

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Matt O'Sullivan A challenge to the power of the Qantas unions will be music to the ears of many within the government.

Aviation

Lobbying over Qantas rescue paying off: unions

Generic Qantas pictures at Melbourne airport. Qantas announced they will reduce staff numbers by 1000 people. 5th of December 2013 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Matt O'Sullivan The influential pilots' union says there appears to be a growing appetite from MPs to fulfilling Qantas' pleas for federal government assistance.

Aviation

Virgin's Richard Branson puts boot into Alan Joyce over Qantas' domestic market strategy

Richard Branson.

Matt O'Sullivan and Courtney Trenwith Virgin Australia founder claims Qantas boss is in 'deep shit''for sticking to his strategy of maintaining a 65 per cent share of the domestic air travel market.

Aviation

Virgin’s Richard Branson escalates war of words with Qantas

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Matt O’Sullivan and Courtney Trenwith Virgin Australia founder Richard Branson claims Qantas boss Alan Joyce is in ‘‘deep shit’’ for sticking to his strategy of maintaining a 65 per cent share of the domestic air travel market.

Aviation

Queenslanders building their own $100m airport tell Sydney: Get on with it

Matt O'Sullivan Queensland rich-listers the Wagners thought Toowoomba needed a new airport. So they are building one. Their message for Sydney? Just get on with it.