Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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

Qantas flies closer to new 787 Dreamliner fleet after pilots accept pay deal

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas has cleared a major hurdle to buying a fleet of new Boeing 787 Dreamliners for its international operations.

Virgin Australia narrows annual loss after cost cutting

Virgin Australia

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia has narrowed its pre-tax loss to $49 million for the full year after deeper cost cutting and a stronger performance from its low-cost offshoot Tigerair.

Virgin cancels flights to Bali as ash cloud returns


Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia and Jetstar remain uncertain if Thursday's flights to and from Bali will go ahead, as Denpasar Airport remains closed due to a volcanic ash cloud.

Qantas steps up challenge to Virgin on Queensland routes

A continuation of the truce in the domestic market will be good news for shareholders in Qantas and Virgin, but signals more hip-pocket pain for travellers in the form of higher fares.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas will expand its services to Queensland's key leisure destinations from Sydney and Melbourne, stepping up its challenge to Virgin Australia and its budget offshoot, Tigerair.

Qantas reaches settlement over tell-all book with Alan Joyce's speechwriter Lucinda Holdforth

Author and speechwriter Lucinda Holdforth attends a hearing in the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney on Wednesday.

Matt O'Sullivan A manuscript detailing some of the most tumultuous days in Qantas' recent history including the controversial grounding in 2011 will never see the light of day after the airline reached a...

Domestic economy fares up 10pc as Qantas, Virgin maintain truce


Matt O'Sullivan Fares for domestic flights are continuing to rise as Qantas and Virgin Australia maintain their truce following their so-called "capacity war".

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MH17 anniversary: Little change in air safety since plane shot down

The MH17 crash site in east Ukraine.

Matt O'Sullivan In the weeks after the downing of MH17, the aviation industry stressed the importance of closing a "gap in the system". A year on, air safety experts say there has been a lack of major change.

Virgin captain entered wrong data into 777 plane that flew too low at Melbourne

Investigators found the captain of the Virgin jet punched the wrong data into its computer system.

Matt O'Sullivan A Virgin Australia passenger jet flew too low on its approach to Melbourne Airport after the captain punched the wrong data into its computer system.

Qantas close to reaching settlement with Alan Joyce's speechwriter over tell-all book

Author and speechwriter Lucinda Holdforth attends a hearing in the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney on Wednesday.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas is close to reaching an out-of-court settlement with the long-time speechwriter for chief executive Alan Joyce who wanted to publish a tell-all book of her time at the airline during one of...

Hawaiian Airlines warns Qantas-American alliance threatens competition

Hawaiian Airlines claims joint ventures such as the Qantas-American Airlines alliance 'tilt the playing field against smaller carriers'.

Matt O'Sullivan Hawaiian Airlines warns extensive alliances threaten to lock out smaller airlines.

Suspected cyber attack forces termination of crucial Qantas pilot vote

The government is interest in collecting frequent flyer points.

Matt O'Sullivan A suspected cyber attack has forced the termination of a crucial vote on a new wage deal by Qantas' long-haul pilots.

Ash cloud hurts Bali flight plans in the short-term, execution anger lingers

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed by firing squad in April.

Matt O'Sullivan An ash cloud might be disrupting the travel plans of thousands of Australians but it is the executions of the Bali Nine duo that is having a longer term impact.

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Volcanic ash cloud: Airline bills mount after Indonesian airports close


Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia and Jetstar face mounting bills for the disruptions to flights to and from Bali due to an ash cloud from a volcano near Denpassar Airport, which has stranded thousands of...

Qantas captain was feeling tired, sick and hardly ate on day his plane flew too low

The captain of the Qantas A330 had hardly eaten on the day of the incident in March 2013.

Matt O'Sullivan A Qantas captain was feeling tired and had eaten only half a cup of soup on the day his plane was forced to pull up after flying too low as it came into land at Melbourne Airport, air-safety...

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ACCC allows Qantas, American Airlines to start new services in December

Qantas has resurrected its Perth to Singapore flights a year after cancelling them

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas and American Airlines have gained interim approval from the competition regulator to deepen their alliance on trans-Pacific routes despite opposition from Air New Zealand.

Webjet shares jump as it bets on more Australians travelling overseas

Webjet shares jumped in early trade after announcing it is on track to lift underlying earnings from $23.3 million in 2013/14.

Matt O'Sullivan Webjet has accelerated its growth in flight bookings in the second half and emphasised that it is gaining market share from rivals as it bets on Australians' appetite for international travel...

Tigerair ditches Melbourne-Mackay route due to poor demand

Matt O'Sullivan Tigerair Australia will ditch flights between Melbourne and Mackay in Queensland due to a lack of demand and switch aircraft to other leisure destinations such as the Gold Coast.

Qantas claims threat to drop flights 'only leverage' in airport negotiations

Qantas claims airports resort to monopolistic tactics in negotiations with airlines over charges.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas claims the 'only true leverage' for airlines in negotiations with airports over charges is to threaten to reduce or stop flying to destinations.

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Qantas to pay staff $90m in bonuses on back of turnaround

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce is set to hit the targets he needs to meet in order to gain his own bonuses this year.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas staff who have agreed to 18-month wage freezes will pocket a one-off bonus as the airlines heads towards posting a near $1 billion pre-tax profit this year.

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Virgin names Irishman as new Velocity boss, buys analytics business

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13:  General view of Virgin airlines at Melbourne Airport on January 13, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Patrick Scala/Fairfax Media)

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia has named a veteran of loyalty and marketing schemes as the chief executive of its Velocity frequent flyer program and followed in the footsteps of Air New Zealand and Qantas in...