Qantas Creates New Jobs with Opening of Perth Base

PERTH, 02 January 2003

Qantas announced today that it would begin operating from a new short-haul cabin crew base in Perth on 1 April.

Qantas Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing John Borghetti said the new base would initially create 50 positions for flight attendants, customer service managers and administrative staff.

"While many of the flight attendants based in Perth will be new to the airline, there are also a number of staff who now have the opportunity to work from their home State.

"Two years ago, Qantas established a long-haul cabin crew base in Perth to service international departures, primarily on South East Asian routes. It now employs 215 staff."

The short haul base will initially service Boeing 737 aircraft which operate on intra-Western Australia routes like Karratha, Kalgoorlie and Broome as well as services to Darwin and Denpasar.

Mr Borghetti said Qantas' commitment to Western Australia was part of its strategy for continued growth.

"Basing flight attendants in Perth provides the airline with additional opportunities to improve operational efficiency and increase productivity," he said.

"Qantas has always operated short-haul cabin crew bases in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane but this is the first time there has been a base in Perth.

"We know from the establishment of the long-haul base that it is well received by our customers as well as business and tourism industry stakeholders. In particular, crew will come to know some of our more regular customers."

Qantas operates 22 international services and more than 260 domestic services each week from Perth, serving 19 destinations.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2842)