Qantas today reported an underlying profit before tax of $921 million and a statutory profit before tax of $983 million for the six months ended December 31st, 2015. The underlying result is a record first-half performance and means Qantas’ 2015 calendar-year performance was the best in its 95-year history. Every part of the Qantas Group contributed strongly to the result, with record underlying profits for Qantas Domestic, the Jetstar Group and Qantas Loyalty.
Qantas has launched the new Qantas Group Travel website in the UK, enabling a simpler system for travel agents to process group travel bookings to Dubai, Australia and beyond. The first for any airline in Australia, the Qantas Group Travel website will be available to all UK based travel agents holding a valid IATA number, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Qantas and Tate have today announced an unprecedented International Joint Acquisition Program for contemporary Australian art. Made possible through a $2.75 million corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation, this ground-breaking collaboration will increase the international profile of contemporary Australian art as part of the national carrier’s role of championing Australia.
Qantas has announced its strongest profit since before the global financial crisis, a $505 million capital return to shareholders and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner order to start a new era for Qantas International. For the 12 months to June 20th, the Australian flag-carrier reported an underlying profit before tax of $975 million and a statutory profit before tax of $789 million.
Qantas has partnered with one of the world’s most successful TV services, HBO, to bring customers hundreds of hours of the most talked about programmes on screens around the world. The deal covers everything from current series like True Detective and Game of Thrones to classic favourites like The Sopranos and Sex and The City.
Qantas Airways will pay staff a one-off bonus of A$90 to employees affected by an 18-month wage freeze. More than 28,000 employees will receive a bonus, including those at low-cost subsidiary Jetstar. The deal is part of the workers’ collective agreement, Qantas said on Friday.
Qantas Group has said it will work with its fellow shareholders in Jetstar Hong Kong to review the enterprise, following the Air Transport Licensing Authority’s decision to reject the local carrier’s application to establish an operation in Hong Kong. Jetstar Hong Kong – a joint venture between Shun Tak Holdings, China Eastern Airlines and the Qantas Group – was announced in March 2012.
Qantas is returning to the Perth-Singapore route as part of a number of improvements for West Australian travellers. From 26 June Qantas will operate five return Boeing 737 Perth-Singapore services each week – a total of almost 1700 seats.
Qantas’ first Boeing 747-400, celebrated for having flown the longest commercial flight in history from London to Sydney, made its shortest and final journey earlier from Sydney to Illawarra Regional Airport in New South Wales. After less than 15 minutes in flight, Qantas’ B747 touched down at 07:47 and was delivered to its new home with the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society where it will become the only B747-400 in the world to be put on public display.
Qantas today reported a statutory profit after tax of $206 million for the six months ended December 31st. This is Qantas’ best first-half performance since 2010 and an improvement of $619 million compared with the same period last year. The main factors in the underlying improvement were the $374 million Qantas gained from its Transformation programme, with there was also $208 million in reduced depreciation.
Qantas is set to unveil its new brand campaign, based on a concept of what the national carrier has been doing for almost 100 years – bringing people home. The ‘Feels Like Home’ series tells the real stories of five Qantas passengers and their journey home to Australia being welcomed at the airport by loved ones.
Qantas has begun construction on its new Domestic Business Lounge at Perth Airport to coincide with the airline’s move to a dedicated Qantas precinct in 2015. The new lounge will add 30 per cent more lounge capacity into the Perth market and will be available to Qantas business class customers, Platinum and Platinum One Frequent Flyers.