Matt O'Sullivan

Matt O'Sullivan

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

Air travel

Qantas flight to Melbourne forced to turn back to Hong Kong

Matt O'Sullivan A Qantas A330 passenger jet bound for Melbourne was forced to return to Hong Kong on Monday night due to an engine vibration, capping off a disruptive few days for the airline’s international...

Air safety

Paratrooper's close shave with Virgin Australia jet blamed on lack of procedure


Matt O'Sullivan It is a scenario that would send shivers down the spine of any parachutist.

Jetstar, Virgin planes in tarmac bingle at Melbourne Airport

The damaged rear of the Jetstar plane following a collision at Melbourne Airport.

Deborah Gough and Matt O'Sullivan A Virgin Australia and a Jetstar plane were involved in a parking bingle at Melbourne Airport on Saturday morning.

Direct flights to India at last

Air India

Matt O'Sullivan Direct flights between Australia and India will finally become a reality in late August when state-run Air India begins daily services using its new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.


Qantas pilot impostor sparks fury

Qantas ground staff.

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas pilots are outraged that a ground worker dressed up as a pilot and sat in the cockpit of A380 superjumbos on a return flight from Sydney to Dubai.

Wing cracks no threat to safety, insists Airbus chief

The Airbus A380, which was damaged last Sunday and repaired on Tuesday in Toulouse, takes part in a flying display during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris June 22, 2011. A380 is the world's largest jetliner.  REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS)

Matt O'Sullivan AIRCRAFT engineers have accused Airbus of adopting a ''Band-Aid fix'' after tiny cracks were discovered in the wings of all five of the superjumbos that have been inspected for the problem during...

Fair Work ends Qantas industrial dispute


Phillip Coorey and Matt O'Sullivan QANTAS planes could be back flying tonight after the industrial relations umpire, Fair Work Australia, ruled at 2.08am today that the dispute between the airline and the unions should be terminated.

Stowaway rats force Qantas to ground jet


Matt O'sullivan, Michael West QANTAS has been forced to ground one of its passenger jets after rats were found on board.

Mystery rat pack plagues Qantas

Rat photo

Matt O'sullivan and Michael West Qantas has been forced to ground one of its passenger jets after a pack of rats was discovered on board.

Airfares going up

Matt O'Sullivan Virgin Blue follows on heels of Qantas and Air New Zealand in raising fuel surcharges by as much as $100 for a return international trip and fares by up to $10 for one-way domestic flight.

Jetstar scouts Japan

Matt O'Sullivan Jetstar believed to have shown interest in flying domestic routes in Japan after exploring opportunities to form a joint venture with local investors.

Explosion fears on Qantas aircraft


Andrew Heasley and Matt O'Sullivan High velocity shrapnel from the engine explosion on Qantas's QF32 severed a fuel pipe and narrowly missed the wing's fuel tank, according to official reports.

Earlier problems

Qantas engine explosion followed safety warning


Andrew Heasley and Matt O'Sullivan THE Qantas jet engine that exploded on Tuesday after take-off from San Francisco had not been inspected after safety warnings issued two weeks ago.

Webjet posts 40% profit rise in half

Matt O'Sullivan Webjet is ''cautiously optimistic'' about signs of a recovery in travel after posting a 40 per cent lift in net profit to $5.2 million for the first half.

Two Qantas executives held in Vietnam

Matt O'Sullivan and Jonathan Pearlman TWO Qantas executives have been prevented from leaving Vietnam as part of an investigation into losses incurred by the Vietnamese arm of the airline's no-frills brand, Jetstar Pacific.

Travel news

New airport set for take-off

Richmond Air Force Base.

Matt O'Sullivan THE Rudd Government is expected to pave the way for the Richmond air force base to be opened up to commercial airline traffic when it releases its long-awaited aviation white paper next month.

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Tiger flies in face of downturn and takes on Sydney market

Shelley Roberts

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas and Virgin Blue's grip on one of the world's busiest routes between Sydney and Melbourne ended today with the entry of low-cost carrier Tiger Airways.

Take-off error: disaster averted

Matt O'Sullivan and Yuko Narushima AN EMIRATES jet carrying 257 passengers nearly crashed while taking off from Melbourne Airport after its weight had been miscalculated by 100 tonnes.

Fuel blamed for Qantas fare rise

Matt O'Sullivan Qantas will raise domestic and international airfares by as much as 3.5 per cent early next month to offset the soaring cost of jet fuel prices.