Qantas Defence Services Establishes New Facility at Canberra

Canberra, 15 July 2005

Qantas Defence Services today announced the establishment of a new facility at Canberra International Airport for the maintenance of military and civil aircraft.

Head of Qantas Defence Services Mike Caldwell, who signed the agreement this morning with the Minister for Economic Development Ted Quinlan, said that the new base was a positive addition to the QDS portfolio.

"The Canberra base gives us the capability to undertake programs of varying size and complexity at our own facility," Mr Caldwell said.

"Qantas Defence Services already operates in the Canberra region and we find there is a good aircraft skills base here.

"This gives us the opportunity to further develop training and education to enhance local industry skills."

Mr Caldwell also noted that the presence of a number of specialist Aerospace companies in Canberra allowed a ready access to engage in teaming for aircraft integration programs. He said QDS looked forward to working with other Canberra-based companies as part of the long-term development of the QDS Canberra facility.

Qantas Airways will also commence a marketing campaign worth $1.75m, in conjunction with the Department of Economic Development, promoting Canberra as a tourist destination.

Background - About QDS
Qantas Defence Services (QDS) provides aviation maintenance services to the Australian Defence Force, including support and maintenance of the Australian Government's Special Purpose Aircraft fleet, maintenance of the RAAF's Hercules and support for ADF fighter and helicopter fleets. QDS, anticipates supporting EADS CASA (an Airbus-related company) in the program for five Airbus A330 tanker aircraft for the RAAF.

QDS has facilities at Mascot, NSW; Richmond NSW; Fairbairn NSW; Villawood NSW and Amberley, QLD. The addition of the Canberra NSW facility adds to the QDS capability to support the Australian Defence Force and other military and civil aircraft.

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