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.
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
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
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.