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QANTAS/QATAR AIRWAYS: Senate Inquiry to hear from Bonza, Qantas, Qatar Airways, REX and Virgin Australia

QANTAS/QATAR AIRWAYS: Senate Inquiry to hear from Bonza, Qantas, Qatar Airways, REX and Virgin Australia

Hearings have started in Canberra for the Senate Inquiry into the Commonwealth Bilateral Air Service Agreements.

The first big revelation is that Qatar Airways heard of the rejection of the application for 28 flights into Australia in the media. A letter informing them of the rejection didn’t arrive until 4 days later.

You can download the program and submissions for today’s hearing here. You can view the proceedings online by heading over here.

Feature speakers include the CEOs of Qantas, Virgin Australia and Bonza, the deputy chair of REX, and two representatives of Qatar Airways.

Today’s Program for the Senate Inquiry

  • 9.00 am Qatar Airways
    Mr Fathi Atti, Senior Vice President, Aeropolitical and Corporate Affairs
    Mr Matt Raos, Senior Vice President, Global Sales
  • 10.30 am Australian Airports Association
    Mr James Goodwin, Chief Executive
    Mr Merrick Peisley, Head of Policy and Advocacy
  • 11.00 am Bonza
    Mr Tim Jordan, Chief Executive Officer
  • 12.30 pm Prof Allan Fels AO, University of Melbourne, via videoconference
  • 1.00 pm Virgin Australia
    Ms Jayne Hrdlicka, Chief Executive Officer
    Mr Christian Bennett, Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer
    Bain Capital
    Mr Ray Hass, Operating Partner
  • 2.15 pm Prof Rod Sims AO, The Australian National University
  • 3.00 pm Qantas
    Mr Richard Goyder AO, Chairman
    Ms Vanessa Hudson, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
    Mr Andrew Finch, General Counsel and Group Executive
  • 4.15 pm Business Chamber Queensland
    Ms Heidi Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, via videoconference
  • 5.15 pm Rex Group
    The Hon John Sharp, Deputy Chairman, via videoconference
a seat with a pillow and a table in the middle of the seat
Qatar Airways, Business Class – pre QSuites. [Wchuetz/2PAXfly]

2PAXfly Takeout

Today’s Senate inquiry hearing has some interesting speakers, most notably representatives from all the airlines involved or with an interest in the outcome of the Qatar Airways application. The only parties invited, who are not appearing, and probably won’t appear at any hearing of the committee is Qantas ex-CEO Alan Joyce, and Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Bakar.

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