Jun 22, 2012

Qantas pleads for govt protection from the Joyce discount

Qantas' latest demand for protection is an old trick from an airline bereft of ideas.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Despite his Irish heritage, Alan Joyce is the consummate Australian businessman. No one better personifies the current tendency of many of our most prominent to blame all their problems on others — their employees, the government, their customers, evil foreigners — and to demand that governments do something about it.


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14 thoughts on “Qantas pleads for govt protection from the Joyce discount

  1. Delerious

    I blame the board and the Shareholders (other company CEO’s and board members) for not sacking Joyce and getting someone who can actually do the job.

  2. Allison

    Alan Joyce is evil. Blame the workers – start with the top sunshine and resign. You have ruined a good airline which once had a good reputation. GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM.

  3. 81dvl

    Bernard; every time I hear this leprechaun leech say it, he says “Qaantis” and for some reason it’s annoying. He’s a sawn-off flying Sol Truhillo who sank the last outfit that employed him.

    Make no mistake – he is on a mission.

  4. geomac62

    Why would anyone have confidence in an airline that strands its customers without notice to score political and industry points ? I cannot believe it is illegal to have wildcat strikes yet legal to have wildcat shutdowns by companies .

  5. Gavin Moodie

    I agree with GEOMAC62 (nice avatar!) and for that reason haven’t flown Qantas since its grounding and lockout. Surely the Government wont block Etihad’s expansion of Virgin. Now I understand the reason for its expensive sponsorship of the stadium I still call Docklands.

  6. Two Bird Stone

    Don’t speak too soon about the “shut down regional route” threat! From “Qantas says the first services to go would be marginal regional routes.”

    Qantas likes to stick with the traditions you see.

  7. Dogs breakfast

    Should have put a corresponding chart of how Virgin has been going compared to the sharemarket since John Borghetti was overlooked by Qantas to bring in Alan Joyce.

    Borghetti must be quietly chortling, and good luck to him. I fly very rarely, so can’t speak from experience, but whenever Qantas stuffs up it seems Borghetti is there to capitalise, and he seems way ahead of the game in making the international connections that appear to be so desperately required.

    In fact Qantas management and the Board, who for a very long time were considered to be among the best in Oz, now find themselves in a dogfight to take the title as most ineptly managed company.

    And if that is right that Qantas made $600m from domestic operations this year then that is a huge profit in such a small market, suggesting that there are still significant market problems domestically. Perhaps a deal between Etihad and Qantas may be bad for Qantas, but brilliant for the consumer.

  8. NQAussie

    I`m quite content to drop Qantas as our `supposed` National Airline and let
    Joyce do his best/worst. Stop propping up the poor man in his deluded dream
    of personal dominance.

  9. John Bennetts

    My last O/S trip (this year) was fantastic… well run, clean planes with delightful staff and no problems. Other internal flights were split between all available carriers, with nothing to separate them.

    Nope, the O/S legs were not Qantas. That was over $12k that they missed out on.

    “Qantas” used to be a promise.

    “Qantas” is now only a word, with mean, unscrupulous and arrogant connotations.

    Who cares any more?

  10. Bill Hilliger

    Qant-arse have avoided flying with them for years, in fact since the Virgin start up. Qantas is no longer the Australian national airline. Alan Joyce will probably see it of altogether.

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