Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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


Qantas' international operations 'turning the corner' says Alan Joyce

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says the airline's loss-making international operations are "turning the corner" as it boosts services on higher yielding routes to North America and benefits from a...

Low-cost airlines struggling to gain altitude in battle for Asian skies

The aircraft storage at Alice Springs, the brainchild of Tom Vincent.

Matt O'Sullivan Alongside the runway at Alice Springs Airport sits one of the world’s newest aircraft ‘boneyards’.


Outback plane graveyard at Alice Springs welcomes first arrivals

The Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage facility in Alice Springs could eventually hold several hundred planes.

Matt O'Sullivan It is Australia’s dead centre – where our old planes can now go to die. After a slow start, passenger jets including a Qantas 767 and four Airbus single-aisle planes from Tigerair...


Kate Lahey to replace Bruce Baird at peak tourism and transport lobby group

Matt O'Sullivan Former Business Council of Australia chief executive Katie Lahey has been selected to replace Bruce Baird as chair of peak lobby group Tourism and Transport Forum.

Regional Express to cut flights on 'marginal routes' in NSW

Matt O'Sullivan Australia’s largest independent regional airline, Regional Express, will cut the number of flights on several regional routes in NSW because of heavy losses.


Qantas accused of sending more call-centre jobs overseas

Australian-based customer service will soon be the preserve of Qantas' premium passengers.

Matt O'Sullivan Unions have accused Qantas of sending more work offshore after the airline revealed it intends to boost the size of its call centre in Auckland by another 50 jobs.


Asian tourists boost traffic at Sydney and Melbourne airports

Growth prospects: Etihad will begin flying A380 superjumbos between Sydney and Abu Dhabi next year, and increase capacity by replacing some other services with larger planes.

Matt O'Sullivan An increase in international visitors is continuing to help offset subdued growth in domestic passengers at Sydney and Melbourne airports due in part to an influx of Chinese visitors.


China Eastern eager to deepen Qantas alliance

Qantas boss Alan Joyce at the inception of the alliance with China Eastern Airlines. Executives of the Chinese carrier flew to Sydney last month to expand the relationship.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas’ major partner in China, China Eastern, wants to deepen its commercial alliance with the Australian airline in an attempt to boost passenger flows onto their respective international...


Qantas direct flights to Vancouver target peak ski season

Kids ski at Whistler in British Columbia.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas will operate six return flights between Sydney and Vancouver in January to take advantage of increased demand during the northern winter holiday season.


Subsidy for regional air services reinstated after pressure from carriers

Rex has been pushing the Coalition to live up to its promise to reinstate subsidies for regional air services.

Matt O'Sullivan The Abbott government has finally reinstated a subsidy scheme for airlines flying on minor regional routes following pressure from carriers such as Regional Express.


Charter airlines withstand subdued mining outlook

Matt O'Sullivan Aviation charter companies such as Qantas subsidiary Network Aviation are yet to experience further weakness in demand for fly-in, fly-out services despite iron-ore prices sinking to five-year lows

Tigerair to crack down on over-size cabin baggage

Does it fit? Jetstar will crack down on oversized carry-on bags.

Matt O'Sullivan Tigerair Australia has joined its arch-rival, Jetstar, in cracking down on passengers who do not toe the line with its carry-on baggage rules.

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Filipino airline tells government to 'lighten up'

Matt O'Sullivan Budget airline Cebu Pacific will pressure the federal government to allow it to increase services on the heavily restricted Australia-Philippines route.


Qantas cancels A380 flights due to weak demand

Qantas has cut back on services using the giant A380 due to weak demand.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas has cancelled five return A380 superjumbo flights over the next two months between its new overseas hub in Dubai and London because of weak seasonal demand.


Trans-Tasman airfares near record lows

The battle between the alliance partners of Qantas and Air New Zealand has taken trans-Tasman airfares close to record lows.

Matt O'Sullivan Fares on the hotly contested trans-Tasman route have reached near-record lows as the battle between airline alliance groups intensifies.

Regulator airs concerns about Wotif takeover

Wotif is a major source of bookings in Australia and charges a lower rate than Expedia.

Matt O'Sullivan The competition regulator is concerned that Expedia’s proposed $703 million takeover of online travel company could lead to the enlarged company charging higher commissions to hotels.


Qantas chief Alan Joyce's pay falls

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has received a 40 per cent fall in his take-home pay to just over $2 million this year.


Schoolkids tip balance of Qantas plane

Struggling to do the math: Qantas miscalculated a plane's take-off weight by using adult weight figures on a flight where children made up more than half of the passengers.

Matt O'Sullivan A Qantas passenger jet became ‘‘nose-heavy’’ during take off from Canberra Airport because sales staff had over-estimated the weight of a large group of primary school...


Virgin sued for $14m for alleged breaches of John Holland aircraft maintenance contracts


Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia faces a damages claim totalling almost $14 million for alleged breaches of aircraft maintenance contracts with the defunct aviation arm of Leighton Holdings subsidiary John Holland.


Qantas staff await grim news on possible compulsory redundancies


Matt O'sullivan Qantas back-office staff will know by June 30 whether the airline will be forced to pursue compulsory redundancies from their ranks as part of a $2 billion cost-cutting program.