From the CEO

Qantas - - QNEWS. - Alan Joyce CEO, Qan­tas

Nearly 100 years ago, Qan­tas was born in Win­ton, a small town in Cen­tral West Queens­land. While we have grown into a global air­line with over 50 part­ner air­lines fly­ing to more than 1200 des­ti­na­tions, re­gional Aus­tralia re­mains at the core of our iden­tity. We’re a big part of the com­mu­ni­ties that we serve – pro­vid­ing jobs, sup­port­ing tourism and buy­ing goods and ser­vices. Next year, we’ll open our new Qan­tas Group Pi­lot Academy in re­gional Aus­tralia and we’ve re­cently an­nounced plans to open a sec­ond fa­cil­ity in 2020. Across both sites, the Academy will be able to train up to 500 new pi­lots each year. We think it has the po­ten­tial to be­come a hub for avi­a­tion ex­cel­lence in the Asia-Pa­cific. We’re also up­grad­ing our tur­bo­prop fleet, of­fer­ing greater com­fort to our re­gional cus­tomers who fly on one of Qan­tas’s 45 Bom­bardier air­craft.

Trag­i­cally, much of ru­ral NSW, Queens­land and Vic­to­ria is fac­ing ex­treme drought, with some ar­eas ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the dri­est con­di­tions since record keep­ing be­gan in the early 1900s. While we can’t break the drought for these com­mu­ni­ties, we can lend a hand. So we’re part­ner­ing with Ru­ral Aid for a $3 mil­lion ini­tia­tive called Qan­tas Drought Re­lief. The project will raise funds to bring in truck­loads of hay, pro­vide gro­cery vouch­ers for farming fam­i­lies and help fund coun­sel­lors to sup­port ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. Qan­tas has al­ready do­nated $1 mil­lion to Ru­ral Aid and we’re work­ing with our cus­tomers to raise an­other $1 mil­lion, which we will then match. This month, we’ll host two spe­cial fundrais­ing flights; one to the Qan­tas Founders Mu­seum in Lon­greach, Queens­land, and a sec­ond to Tam­worth, NSW, for the Hay Mate, Buy a Bale con­cert. Pro­ceeds from these flights will be do­nated to Ru­ral Aid. We’ll also fly skilled Qan­tas em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teer trades­peo­ple to drought-af­fected re­gions to fix homes, re­pair trac­tors and build fences.

We’re in good com­pany with these ef­forts. Many in­di­vid­u­als and nu­mer­ous Aus­tralian busi­nesses are dig­ging deep to sup­port the farm­ers. As our cus­tomers, we ask you to join in. Whether you’re tak­ing one of our fundrais­ing flights, throw­ing your loose change in our cash do­na­tion boxes at air­ports and lounges, us­ing your Qan­tas Points to buy hay bales or do­nat­ing cash to sup­port Ru­ral Aid via qan­ droughtre­lief, we thank you for your gen­er­ous sup­port.

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