Qantas has announced it will cut its capital expenditure by up to $400 million in 2012/13, in addition to the $500 million announced in February, through deferred fleet expansion plans and modernizing operational practices.
Announced this morning the airlines chief executive Alan Joyce explained the airline is aiming to spend up to $1.9 billion throughout the 2012/13 period, a drop from $2.3 billion the prior year.
Cost-cutting measures include delaying the delivery of two A380s from 2013 to 2016/17 while six other A380s will be held off until 2018/19.
The airline said it is also considering the future of heavy maintenance operations and expects a decision to be made by mid-May.
Mr Joyce explained decreasing capital expenditure would assist the airline deliver its strategic goals.
Our priorities remain to build on a our strong domestic business, enhance Qantas Frequent Flyer, turn around Qantas International and grow Jetstar in Asia, he explained.
The airlines head added that Qantas hopes to rebuild its business through increasing its domestic capacity throughout 2012/13.
The carrier said it will add extra services during peak times on flights between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as reintroduce the Boeing 747 services between Sydney and Perth.
More A330s will also be added on services on the Melbourne and Perth route while the airlines subsidiary Jetstar will increase capacity to key leisure markets.
QantasLink is also getting a one up with increased capacity across Queensland with the F100 jet service to be added between Brisbane and Emerald.
With Qantas we are targeting our key east coast and east-west business markets providing an international-standard flying experience on Perth services operating by the Boeing 747 and Airbus A330, Mr Joyce added.
Jetstar continues to focus on servicing important leisure markets and pursuing growth opportunities across Australia, with significant capacity increases planned on major routes.
The Australian flag carriers head concluded that the airline will also look to go ahead with growth of Jetstar Asia while also focusing on retaining its market share down under.
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Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J