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Feb 13, 2014

Crikey says: Joyce wants reward for bad management

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Qantas has clearly taken the hint from the government’s hard line on automotive assistance and SPC Ardmona. It’s flagged (yet another) major round of job cuts while its executives and lobbyists stalk the corridors of Canberra hoping to convince the government to lend a hand to the ailing airline.

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  1. Venise Alstergren

    When QANTAS was run by the government the management directed all its attention to the Melbourne/Sydney to London route. This appalling post-colonial thinking was responsible for Australia missing out on the lucrative Asian and Middle Eastern markets. But ‘by Jimmeny’ we just had to retain the provincialism of post WWII Manchester (Eng) didn’t we?

    Now the market slack has been taken up by Asian and Middle Eastern countries who had the foresight to capitalise on Australia’s stupidity. However, I fail to see how Alan Joyce’s bargain basement mentality is going to redress the situation. It’s like getting a floor walker to keep an eye on Coles/Woolworths supermarkets.

  2. zut alors

    Sure Joyce has screwed with the reputation and operation of a once premium airline but the Qantas Board should also shoulder the blame for appointing him in the first place.

    The Board overlooked Qantas’s excellent General Manager, John Borghetti, failing to recognise his worth. Richard Branson was sharper, lucky Virgin Australia. Imagine the health of Qantas today if Borghetti had been at the helm.

  3. klewso

    He must be a cousin of Jethro’s?

  4. Bill Hilliger

    Qantas will not soar like an eagle when turkeys are the management. A thoroughly trashed brand.

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