Qantas to Open Pilot Base in Perth

Perth, 06 May 2008

Qantas today announced it would establish a pilot base in Perth in December 2008.

The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, said around 80 pilots would be based in Perth for intra-Western Australia and transcontinental flying to support the airline's recently announced capacity increases.

"The State's mining and resource sector is booming and the east-west business and tourism traffic continues to grow," Mr Dixon said.

"Basing pilots in Perth will ensure the best possible support for our extensive and growing Western Australia schedule.

"We recently announced that from June 2008 we will add extra services between Perth and the key resource and tourism destinations of Broome, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Newman and Port Hedland."

Mr Dixon said the addition of new Western Australian services from June 2008 would mean that Qantas would operate 317 services from Perth to 15 domestic destinations.

He said the pilot base - only the fourth to be established on Qantas' domestic network -would share Qantas facilities at Perth Airport, where the airline's 340 cabin crew were also based.

Qantas also has pilot bases in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3753)