Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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

Aviation

Rex mayday call to Tony Abbott as profit slides, industry 'collapse' looms

Matt O'Sullivan Regional Express has warned its first-half profits will slump due to fewer business travellers.

Aviation

Virgin on the final retreat from our skies

Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Matt O'Sullivan Richard Branson was sporting board shorts and carrying a surfboard when he strode onto the wing of a Virgin Atlantic plane with two bikini-clad models in tow.

Aviation

Virgin on course for $49m loss as war with Qantas takes toll

Qantas and Virgin.

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Australia confirms it will sink to a pre-tax loss of $49 million in the first half.

Logistics

‘Act of God’ delays wharfie job cull at Port Botany

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Matt O'Sullivan Warfies at Sydney’s Port Botany were about to be replaced by robots. But an ‘act of God’ intervened.

Virgin Australia on track for $49m loss

The tail of a Virgin plane

Matt O’Sullivan Virgin Australia has told the market that it expects its first-half result will be ‘‘materially in line’’ with broker forecasts of a $49 million loss before tax.

Aviation

Virgin Atlantic axes flights between Sydney and Hong Kong

Virgin Atlantic airplane tailfins are seen at Heathrow Airport in west London, in this file photo taken April 7, 2011. Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia have signed a long-term partnership deal which will allow the two airlines to codeshare on each other's international and domestic flights. Singapore Airlines said on Tuesday that its alliance with Virgin Australia will strengthen its case to apply for rights for trans-Pacific routes from Australia. Picture taken April 7, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/Files (BRITAIN - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS)

Matt O'Sullivan Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic will ditch flights between Sydney and Hong Kong, blaming increasing costs and a challenging economic environment.

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Aviation

Hopes fading on government assistance for Qantas

Qantas

Matt O'Sullivan Odds of Qantas gaining financial assistance from the Abbott government lengthen, giving greater urgency to the airline sealing deals to sell the long-term leases on airport terminals.

Aviation

Tiger flights under cloud as pilots threaten action

tiger

Matt O'Sullivan Pilots at Tigerair Australia have threatened to take industrial action on Friday in a dispute which could disrupt flights.

Ports

Foreign shipping line expects ACCC clearance to bid for right to run car terminal

Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne.

Matt O'Sullivan The competition regulator is expected to clear the way for a major foreign shipping line to bid for the long-term rights to operate Australia's largest vehicle terminal in Melbourne.

Ports

Foreign shipping line expects ACCC clearance to bid for right to run car terminal

Matt O'Sullivan The competition regulator is expected to clear the way for a major foreign shipping line to bid for the long-term rights to operate Australia's largest vehicle terminal in Melbourne.

Transport

Fatal crash fallout costs Cootes Transport jobs and major fuel contracts

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Matt O'Sullivan Victorian trucking company involved in a fatal tanker crash loses contracts with Shell and BP.

Transport

Cootes Transport loses Shell trucking contract following fatal crash

Cootes truck

Matt O'Sullivan The Victorian trucking company involved in a fatal fuel tanker crash in Sydney’s northern beaches late last year has lost a major contract to supply Shell petrol stations across the country.

Aviation

Jetstar Asia records second profit

A Jetstar sign.

Matt O'Sullivan Jetstar's longest-operating overseas offshoot, Jetstar Asia, has posted a small full-year profit.

Aviation

Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand forge new alliance

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Matt O'Sullivan Air New Zealand in deal that will bolster Kiwi carrier's position on routes in the Asia-Pacific region.

Aviation

Singapore Airlines confirms Air New Zealand alliance

Singapore Airlines' all-business class four-engine Airbus A340-500 will cease its Singapore-Newark flights, the longest non-stop flight in the world, next month.

Matt O'Sullivan Singapore Airlines has confirmed that it has formed another alliance, this time with Air New Zealand in a move that will bolster the Kiwi carrier's position on routes in the Asia-Pacific.

Aviation

Qantas pumps up fuel surcharges on international flights

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas will raise fuel surcharges on flights to Europe, parts of Asia and the Middle East by as much as 11 per cent for economy-class tickets as it moves in step with increases by its alliance...

Airlines

Qantas cops flak in Tasmania

Qantas

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas will axe all 35 of its ground-handling staff in Hobart, sparking accusations that it is downgrading operations to the state.

Telcos

Telstra faces scrutiny over sale of Sensis

Telstra phone and yellow pages.

Matt O'Sullivan Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull will ensure Sensis meets its obligations to distribute books of White Pages to households if Telstra sells the directories business to an American private...

Transport

Rail companies Aurizon and Asciano want satnav tracking on trucks to determine road charges

Matt O'Sullivan Rail companies Aurizon and Asciano want trucks to be charged at rates that better reflect their road use by using satellite technology to track the distances they travel.

Aviation

Sale and leaseback tipped in Jetstar's Hong Kong waiting game

Matt O'Sullivan Jetstar's fledging offshoot in Hong Kong is considering the sale and leaseback of its growing fleet of new Airbus A320s stuck on the ground to try to reduce costs while it awaits regulatory approval...