Qantas Group CEO Update
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce discusses the group’s successful restructuring and turnaround. On 7-Oct-2015 at an awards dinner in Helsinki, CAPA named Qantas as the 2015 CAPA Airline Turnaround of the Year and Mr Joyce as the 2015 Airline Chief Executive of the Year. Qantas and Mr Joyce were chosen by the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence judging panel for the group’s remarkable turnaround. The judges were particularly impressed by the massive restructuring programme led by Mr Joyce and his ability to tackle complex industrial relations challenges. In this interview from the 2015 CAPA World Aviation Summit in Helsinki, Mr Joyce also discusses about new growth opportunities for the group’s full-service international unit and opportunities in the New Zealand market, where it has launched a low-cost regional turboprop operation. Mr Joyce also provides an update on the performance of the Qantas-Emirates partnership. The bold decision to partner with Emirates was another achievement highlighted by the CAPA judging panel. CAPA noted Mr Joyce’s strong will in taking very hard decisions – grounding the airline during a battle with three key unions over demands on conditions, large redundancies and capacity discipline, especially in the domestic market – contributed to the turnaround.