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Joyce plans re-fleeting, Project Sunrise decision and a leaner head office for Qantas

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November 1st 2019

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Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, told Australian media early this month the airline group would decide on a replacement for its domestic short-haul fleet of 75 737s by December next year. Industry analysts price the order at US$5 billion. Read More »

Joyce said the replacement aircraft would not be needed until the end of the next decade and that contenders were the A320, A321, 737 MAX and Boeing’s New Midsize Airplane (NMA) or 797. Boeing has not decided if it will build the NMA, a 250-seat twin aisle plane.

“We’re looking at the second largest city pair in the world, Melbourne-Sydney, and there are no more slots at Sydney in peak times. The market will grow as the two cities are growing. At some stage you want bigger aircraft,” Joyce told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Separately, Qantas has informed staff jobs will go at the group’s head office after human resources boss, Lesley Grant, retires in December. Qantas said her position would not be filled and her staff would be absorbed into other departments at the airline.

“We recently confirmed our group executive committee would be reduced by one and there would be consolidation of some corporate roles where it made sense to do so,” Qantas said.

Three months ago, new Virgin Australia CEO, Paul Scurrah, also took the axe to the headcount at the airline. He said 750 jobs would go from the carrier’s office staff, a decision he estimated would save the airline $75 million.

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