Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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

Qantas braces for 'swift response' from rivals on Australia-US routes

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas and American Airlines expect a "strong and swift response" from rivals such as Virgin Australia to their plan to deepen their alliance and boost flights between Australia and the US.

Boeing bets on smaller passenger jets as Qantas closes in on Dreamliner deal

Qantas' budget offshoot, Jetstar, has been flying 787-8 Dreamliners since late 2013.

Matt O'Sullivan Boeing expects a continued shift in demand from very large passenger jets to smaller twin-engine commercial aircraft such as the 787-9 Dreamliner that Qantas is on the cusp of committing to buying.

Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Airlines out of excuses for fuel surcharges

Although fuel prices have fallen Qantas hasn't lowered its fares instead wrapping the former fuel surcharge into the headline price of the ticket and only offering some savings on frequent flyer points redemptions

Matt O'Sullivan With oil prices almost half what they were this time last year, travellers could be forgiven for wondering when they will benefit from an equally large fall in air fares.

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Virgin wins clearance for Delta alliance on trans-Pacific routes

Virgin first formed its alliance on the trans-Pacific with Delta in 2009

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia has gained interim approval from the competition regulator to extend its alliance with Delta Air Lines on Australia-US routes for a further five years - half the length of time the...

Abbott government to quash plan to open Top End to foreign airlines

Qantas and Virgin have lobbied aggressively against the controversial proposal.

Matt O'Sullivan The Abbott government will dump a controversial proposal to allow foreign airlines to fly domestic routes in northern Australia due to concerns it will undermine local carriers such as Qantas and...

China piles pressure on ACCC to ditch opposition to Qantas-China Eastern deal

But China's ambassador to Australia, Ma Zhaoxu, has written to the ACCC on

Matt O'Sullivan The Chinese government has urged the competition regulator to bear in mind wider national interests and dump its opposition to a deeper alliance between Qantas and state-owned China Eastern.

Virgin warns opening Top End to foreign airlines will force it to reconsider flying routes

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti has warned that the airline will review services on marginal routes in northern Australia if a controversial plan to allow foreign carriers to fly...

Qantas closer to 787-9 Dreamliner order after striking wage deal with pilots

As part of its cost-cutting plan, Qantas has already cut 4000 of the 5000 jobs it has targeted by 2017.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas is close to clearing a major hurdle to the delivery of a fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft after striking an in-principle agreement on a new pilot wage deal.

Ex-Qantas boss Geoff Dixon hits out at plans to open up Top End to foreign airlines

Virgin Australia and Qantas are lobbying against a proposal to open up domestic air routes in northern Australia.

Matt O'Sullivan Former Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon fears there will be major consequences if the government opens up air links in northern Australia.

Qantas' Hooroo follows Wotif in raising commission rates for hotels, B&Bs


Matt O'Sullivan Qantas' online venture Hooroo has followed on the heels of other accommodation sites such as Wotif in trying to squeeze more out of hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast owners by raising commission...

Australia faces growing competition for lucrative Chinese visitors: Geoff Dixon

Tourism Australia chairman Geoff Dixon says Australia needs to ensure its voice is heard in a 'very crowded market'.

Matt O'Sullivan Tourism Australia's departing chairman, Geoff Dixon, warns the country's tourism industry faces "real challenges" from other nations vying for the fast-growing Chinese visitor market.

Anthony Albanese slams plan to let foreign airlines fly Top End routes

Qantas and Virgin Australia are lobbying against plans to open up the Top End to foreign rivals.

Matt O'Sullivan Shadow federal transport minister Anthony Albanese has labelled plans to allow foreign airlines to fly domestic routes in Northern Australia as "unilateral economic disarmament" that will undermine...

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Foreign airlines cry foul over 'subsidising' Australian aviation

Emirates claims it pays a disproportionately high price for air-traffic control services.

Matt O'Sullivan A bunfight between foreign airlines such as Emirates and regional carriers is brewing over charges for the next five years for air-traffic control services and firefighting at Australian airports.

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Fuel surcharges still high for Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Airlines

Qantas has forecast that its fuel bill will be lower this year but its passengers still face fuel surcharges.

Matt O'Sullivan The airline has forecast that its fuel bill will be as much as $550 million less than last year.

Domestic airfares surge after end of Qantas, Virgin Australia capacity war

The end of the capacity war between Qantas and Virgin is leading to a rise in domestic fares.

Matt O'Sullivan Travellers are starting to feel the end of the capacity war between Qantas and Virgin Australia as air fares surge from a year ago.

Sydney Airport pins hopes on Chinese as Moore-Wilton bows out


Matt O'Sullivan Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather expects double-digit growth in big-spending Chinese visitors to be further fuelled by a free-trade agreement, an easing on visa restrictions, and a...

Qantas shares soar to a near seven-year high

Under a cost-cutting plan, Qantas has cut 4000 of the 5000 jobs targeted by 2017.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas shares surged as much as 10 per cent early on Tuesday – the highest level since September 2008.

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Jetstar launches direct flights to China from Gold Coast

Jetstar will fly its new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on what will be its first direct route to mainland China.

Matt O'Sullivan Jetstar will launch direct flights between the Gold Coast and Wuhan in central China, targeting the fast-growing Chinese tourism market.

Qantas set for greater competition on Australia-Philippines route

The Australia-Philippines market has been growing at an average of more than 10 per cent over the last five years.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas faces increased competition on air routes to the Philippines after the Abbott government agreed to increase the cap on flights between the two countries by 55 per cent over the next year.

Qantas role re-examined amid high-flying as government rolls out red carpet for foreign airlines

Relieved Australians board a Qantas 747 jumbo at Cairo International Airport in February 2011.

Matt O'Sullivan With the Abbott government determined to throw open the doors to foreign airlines, there are questions about whether the country will always be able to call on Qantas in times of crisis.

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