Qantas reveals new overseas flight date, post $2bn loss



In what has been a horror year for the global aviation industry, Qantas have revealed the full scale of losses amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.

In a trading update posted on Thursday, which covered four months during the pandemic, the nation's largest airline revealed a $2.7 billion loss for the 12 months ending June 30.

The airline said the results reflected a strong first half of the year, followed by a "total collapse in travel and demand".

The near total collapse of the aviation industry had caused a $4 billion revenue plunge due to the loss of ticket sales since the end of March., when the federal government put an international travel ban in place.

"The impact of COVID on all airlines is clear. It's devastating and it will be a question of survival for many," Qantas Group CEO said in a statement.

"We've had to make some very tough decisions in the past few months to guarantee our future. At least 6000 of our people will leave the business through no fault of their own, and thousands more will be stood down for a long time.

"Recovery will take time and it will be choppy."



Qantas CEO Alan Joyce speaks to the media during a press conference.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce speaks to the media during a press conference.



Mr Joyce predicts the airline will be resuming international air travel in July 2021, with a trans-Tasman bubble earlier if possible.

"We've already had setbacks with borders opening and then closing again," he said.

"Most airlines will come through this crisis a lot leaner, which means we have to reinvent how we run parts of our business to success in a changed market."

The financial update comes after a tough year for the airline, announcing in June they will slash 6000 jobs from its 29,000 workforce.

In addition to the job cuts, the national carrier will to stand down 15,000 workers for at least the rest of the year - part of a three-year recovery plan to speed its recovery from the pandemic.

But Mr Joyce said that simply "getting smaller": would not lead to success in a post-COVID world.

"We'll have to operate differently in response, and that will mean more hard decisions," he told media on Thursday.

"There will be some reinvention required to succeed in a different world."

The Qantas recovery plan, announced in June, hopes to save the airline $15 billion through job decreases, ongoing employee stand downs and fuel savings through a lack of aircraft movement.

"We know FY21 will be another tough year," he said.

"Coming out of this crisis, we'll be the only Australian airline that can fly long haul. We want to expand on that when our balance sheet allows, picking up where we left off with Project Sunrise."

The airline made a $56 million profit for the year for international travel, driven by a record performance by Qantas Freight.

More to come.

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