Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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

Qantas accused of sending more call-centre jobs overseas

Matt O'Sullivan Unions have accused Qantas of sending more work offshore after the airline revealed it intends to boost the size of its call centre in Auckland by another 50 jobs.

Subsidy for regional air services reinstated after pressure from carriers

Rex has been pushing the Coalition to live up to its promise to reinstate subsidies for regional air services.

Matt O'Sullivan The Abbott government has finally reinstated a subsidy scheme for airlines flying on minor regional routes following pressure from carriers such as Regional Express.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: conditions and variables could challenge the search for flight MH370

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Matt O'Sullivan Air Force crews rushing to the Indian Ocean to locate suspected debris from the Malaysia Airlines plane face huge challenges in retrieving even a 24-metre-long object, search-and-rescue pilots warn.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce slams unions for 'fear-mongering'

Matt O'sullivan James Massola Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has accused unions of ''blatant fearmongering'' for their claims about errors on the airline's aircraft sent for heavy maintenance in Asia over the years.

Union dossier claims Qantas engines 'not secure' after offshore maintenance

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas aircraft sent for maintenance in Asia have been found with corrosion on the wings, multiple cracks, faulty engine indicators and, in the case of a 747 jumbo, three of four engines not held on...

Union dossier claims multiple faults on Qantas planes serviced overseas

Matt O'Sullivan The aircraft engineers' union has alleged a litany of errors on Qantas aircraft sent for heavy maintenance in Asia over the years, including a Boeing 747 that did not have three of its four engines...

The desperate search for answers

Technicians look at the damaged engine of Qantas Airways A380 passenger plane QF32.

Matt O'Sullivan Technicians inspect the damaged engine on QF32 in 2010.

Email trail shows Treasurer's close watch on Qantas debate

Matt O'Sullivan and James Massola Virgin Australia's efforts to raise foreign funds to give it the firepower to take on Qantas four months ago sparked a flurry of activity on the same day between Joe Hockey's most senior advisers and...

Alan Joyce faces showdown talks with union chiefs over Qantas cuts

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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.

Jobs at risk if Qantas freed from Sale Act's 'shackles'

An Airbus SAS A330 aircraft operated by Qantas Airways

James Massola, Matt O'Sullivan Government plans to unshackle Qantas from foreign ownership restrictions could clear the way for the airline to shift jobs overseas and outsource maintenance.

Qantas staff fear 3000 jobs may go as airline cuts costs

Linda White.

Matt O'Sullivan, James Massola and Clay Lucas Qantas' heavily unionised workforce fears deep job cuts in the order of 3000 will be revealed next week when the airline's management reveals how it plans to strip $2 billion in costs out of the...

Jobs to go as fuel hauler involved in fatal accident loses contracts

Matt O'Sullivan The trucking company involved in a fatal tanker crash on the northern beaches last year has lost major contracts with Shell and BP, putting at risk up to 150 jobs.

National carrier axes 1000 jobs, considers asset sales

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Matt O'Sullivan, Mark Kenny The Abbott government is holding firm in the face of dire warnings from Qantas that it faces a financial crisis which has already forced it to axe at least 1000 jobs and consider major asset sales.

McAleese Transport told of 'ongoing concern' about Cootes' trucks

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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...

ABC helicopter crash that killed Paul Lockyer blamed on pilot disorientation

Gary Ticehurst and  Paul Lockyer

Matt O'Sullivan The pilot of an ABC helicopter which crashed two years ago, killing three people including veteran journalist Paul Lockyer, became disoriented shortly after take-off, air-safety investigators have...

Military air staff warn over safety

RAAF Base Williamtown.

Matt O'Sullivan Military air traffic controllers fear the long hours they spend in front of consoles and having to carry out other jobs while they are supposed to be resting is increasing fatigue to a level that...

More planes fly too close under military control, Transport Safety Bureau warns

More planes come too close to each other in airspace controlled by the military in Australia.

Matt O'Sullivan Air safety investigators have raised concerns about the "relatively high" number of aircraft that have flown too close to one another in the country's military-controlled airspace.

Asylum Inc: burgeoning business of detaining the unwanted

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Deborah Snow and Matt O'sullivan In another life, nearly a decade ago, Colonel Chris Manning was the head of Britain's armed forces in Afghanistan.

'Brace, brace': chilling account of emergency landing in heavy fog

Canberra Airport

Matt O'Sullivan Passengers were told to ''brace, brace, brace'' and keep their heads down as a Virgin Australia plane was forced to make an emergency landing at a fog-bound airport because it was running out of fuel.

CASA lambasts air-traffic controller

Air traffic control tower

Matt O'Sullivan The aviation safety regulator has found deficiencies in the country's air-traffic control system, including too few controllers and a high number of incidents in which aircraft flew too close to one...