We are waiting to see what the government really intends to do with MAS ... We do intend to talk further with them. We also talked to them about a possible commercial cooperation and we just have to see how it goes from there.
Both airlines believe that by working together we can deliver substantial public benefits, adding real value for customers and shareholders, boosting tourism and enhancing the further employment and investment potential of both airlines.
While moving considerable parts of our business overseas would have provided overall greater savings, the successful restructuring in Australia also had the benefit of significant savings that would make the airline competitive.
From a customer perspective, these flights will be like all other Qantas international services. They will have Qantas flight numbers, aircraft will be branded in Qantas livery and crew in Qantas uniforms will provide Qantas in-flight product.