Qantas to Open New Maintenance Facility in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, 11 October 2002

Qantas today announced it would establish a third heavy maintenance facility in Melbourne for its Boeing 737 aircraft.

Qantas Executive General Manager Aircraft Operations David Forsyth said the new maintenance line, to operate throughout the 2003 calendar year, was required because of heavy workloads and a substantial reconfiguration program that included the interiors of 15 new 737-800 aircraft that were added to the airline's fleet this year. "We expect to recruit 160 fixed term contract staff - mostly former Ansett staff - for the maintenance line, which will be based at the Qantas Tullamarine hangar," Mr Forsyth said.

Mr Forsyth said Qantas already employed around 6,000 people in engineering and maintenance positions throughout Australia, including around 1,600 already working in Qantas maintenance bases in Tullamarine and Avalon in Victoria.

Qantas recently announced plans for a 767 maintenance base in Brisbane that would eventually employ about 550 people, and also has maintenance bases in Sydney and a number of regional centres.

Mr Forsyth said Qantas would start the recruitment process for the new Melbourne maintenance positions within the next few weeks.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2800)