Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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

Shifting jobs to overseas one of the biggest benefits to Qantas rules changes

Matt O'Sullivan The biggest benefit to Qantas from the removal of legislative shackles imposed on it two decades ago will be its ability to outsource more work to third parties or send jobs overseas.

Qantas questions: what you need to know


Matt O'Sullivan Matt O'Sullivan deciphers the latest developments in the Qantas saga, with the government announcing it will repeal sections of the Qantas Sale Act.


Qantas chief Alan Joyce not off the hook yet


Matt O'Sullivan It's been more than two years in the making but Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has finally had a minor victory in extracting concessions from Canberra.


Etihad CEO James Hogan wants to add more flights to Australia

Etihad CEO James Hogan

Matt O'Sullivan Middle Eastern airline Etihad, one of the largest shareholders in Virgin Australia, will push for an increase in its quota of flights to Australia over the next year, in a further challenge to Qantas...


Luxury airport lounges a home away from home for the rich and powerful

CEO John Borghetti.

Matt O'Sullivan Neither Qantas nor Virgin donate money to political parties, but they lavish decision-makers.


Mayday: How Qantas went from national icon to corporate tragedy


Adele Ferguson, Matt O'Sullivan The decline of the national carrier has all the makings of a modern corporate tragedy.


Virgin chief John Borghetti warns against any Qantas deal

John Borghetti.

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti has hit out at Qantas' claims.


Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford backs CEO Alan Joyce as unions gear up for fight

ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver leaves a meeting of Qantas staff in
Alexandria, Sydney. 28th February 2014 Photo: Janie Barrett


Matt O'Sullivan and Anna Patty Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford has stood firmly behind his embattled chief executive Alan Joyce over his high-stakes strategy of slashing 5000 jobs, in the midst of stiff opposition from powerful...


Qantas collision in Los Angeles causes millions of dollars damage

A Qantas Airways Ltd. Airbus A380 jet is parked at the new pier at Auckland International Airport in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday, Oct. 10, 2008. Airbus executive Charles Champion, the former head of the A380 superjumbo jet program, was questioned and released by French financial police as part of an investigation into possible insider trading at parent company European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. Photographer: Brendon O'Hagan/Bloomberg News

Matt O'Sullivan A Qantas A380 has collided with another of the airline's aircraft on the ground at Los Angeles International Airport, damaging both aircraft.


Qantas fight leaves Virgin Australia with $83.7 million black eye

Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti pictured at Sydney Airport launchingThe new face of Virgin Blue, now calling it Virgin Australia.  Photo: Peter Rae Wednesday 4 May 2011.

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia has slumped to a $83.7 million first-half loss as it bears the cost of a battle with Qantas and its budget offshoot, Jetstar, in the domestic market.

Alan Joyce faces showdown talks with union chiefs over Qantas cuts


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 board is behind me on shake-up: Alan Joyce

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Matt O'Sullivan Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce insists he has the full backing of the board as he pushes ahead with one of the biggest shake-ups in the airline's recent history.


Qantas pulls back from Jetstar's Asia expansion

Qantas announces 1000 job cuts.

Matt O'Sullivan Alan Joyce has put the brakes on Jetstar's aggressive expansion in Asia as losses mount.

Qantas union showdown is on

Alan Joyce.

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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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.


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


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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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.


Flight Centre posts record $111 million profit

Flight Centre.

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.


'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.