Time for Qantas to get its house in order

Removing some government restrictions immediately would be dangerous for Qantas, but could be highly useful down the track in a hostile industry environment.

The Abbott government’s likely acquiescence to Qantas’ pleas for help is, if it plays out as expected, quite politically astute as the airline slashes jobs in an effort to lighten the legacy costs that dragged it to a first-half loss today.

Alan Joyce announced plans to cut its workforce by a further 5,000 jobs today as the airline revealed a first-half result awash with red ink: its statutory loss for the half was $235 million, down from $109 million in the first half of 2013. 

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