Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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

Aviation

Tony Abbott cool on handouts for Qantas

Matt O'Sullivan Prime Minister dampened expectations the government will offer financial help to Qantas.

PM Tony Abbott cool on handouts for Qantas

Qantas

Matt O'Sullivan Prime Minister Tony Abbott has sought to dampen expectations that the government will offer financial help to Qantas to preserve its investment-grade credit rating, saying the airline has yet to tell...

Aviation

Qantas, China Southern forge code-share deal

Qantas

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas has forged a code-share deal with Asia's largest airline, China Southern, as both carriers seek to funnel more passengers from Australia and China onto their respective networks.

Aviation

Type of government support for Qantas is important, Moody's says

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Matt O'Sullivan Moody's said assistance for Qantas would be credit positive for the airline but the degree of benefits would depend on a range of factors.

Aviation

John Borghetti lets fly over government support for Qantas

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia boss John Borghetti has demanded the government offer it the same level of support as it gives Qantas in light of suggestions it will guarantee the national carrier's debt or buy a...

Aviation

Virgin boss John Borghetti attacks Qantas 'leg-up'

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Matt O'Sullivan John Borghetti demands government offer Virgin an equal level of support.

Aviation

Virgin wants same support as Qantas

John Borghetti, CEO of Virgin Australia Group of Airlines, addresses the Waypoint 2013 conference in Canberra on Wednesday 6 November 2013.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin's John Borghetti sends an open letter to the federal government in which he hits back at Qantas’ attempts to gain financial support.

Qantas wants federal debt guarantee

QANTAS

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas is privately pushing the government to give it the financial support the national carrier needs to ensure it has access to debt from global markets at cheaper rates.

Aviation

Qantas wants federal debt guarantee

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Matt O'Sullivan Qantas is privately pushing the government to give it the financial support the national carrier needs to ensure it has access to debt from global markets at cheaper rates.

Aviation

Taxpayers must 'pay the price' to keep Qantas, says Joe Hockey

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Matt O'Sullivan Labor backs suggestions the government take up a small stake in Qantas, but remains opposed to changing foreign ownership rules.

Aviation

Qantas gives thumbs up for Hockey debate on ownership

QANTAS

Matt O'Sullivan Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has raised the prospect of scrapping rules that restrict foreign investment in Qantas, in the wake of foreign airlines boosting their stakes in Virgin Australia.

Aviation

Qantas up 10-nil, then Virgin brought in back-up: Alan Joyce

Alan Joyce

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says he has ‘‘absolutely no doubt’’ that federal politicians ‘‘will see sense’’ and ensure Virgin Australia operates under the same rules as the national carrier.

Transport

'Ongoing concern' for Cootes truck fleet defects

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Matt O'Sullivan The trucking company involved in a fatal fuel-tanker crash in Sydney’s northern beaches last month is under extra scrutiny after initial repairs to its trucks allowed them to be pressed back into...

Aviation

Sky's the limit in airline battle

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Matt O'Sullivan The war between the CEOs of Qantas and Virgin escalated this week in what has become a deeply personal fight.

Capital

Virgin won't bow to ASA demands

Virgin Australia

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia’s board has refused to bow to demands for it to lift the cap on small shareholders’ ability to apply for more shares as part of its $350 million capital raising.

Aviation

Virgin calls in lawyers over Qantas campaign

John Borghetti, CEO of Virgin Australia Group of Airlines, addresses the Waypoint 2013 conference in Canberra on Wednesday 6 November 2013.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia is threatening legal action against its rival's chief executive, Alan Joyce, for his remarks about its $350 million capital raising.

Airlines

Virgin mulls legal action against Qantas

Virgin.

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin's spat with Qantas over chief Alan Joyce's comments turns ugly.

Aviation

NZ government sells 20% of Air New Zealand for $324 million

Matt O'Sullivan The New Zealand government has gained $NZ365 million ($324 million) from selling a 20 per cent stake in Air New Zealand, taking the total raised from its asset-sales program to almost $NZ4 billion.

Aviation

Air NZ stake sold for $324m

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Matt O'Sullivan The New Zealand government has raised $NZ365 million ($324 million) from selling a 20 per cent stake in Air New Zealand at $NZ1.

Aviation

Virgin and Qantas argue over capital raising and unequal regulation

Qantas

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia chief John Borghetti has returned fire at Qantas for urging the Abbott government to halt its $350 million capital raising, emphasising that his airline has ended its rival's...