Qantas eyes Singapore base

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Published: April 25, 2012

Qantas (QF) is still eyeing Singapore as the base for its premium Asia carrier.

QF CEO Alan Joyce told The Australian newspaper that the carrier remains keen to set up a premium carrier and is looking at a range of options.

“This will take a bit longer than we originally thought, but we’re still keen to set up a premium airline in Asia and we’re still looking at a range of options available to us—and Singapore is one of them,” Joyce told the paper.

After a prospective deal with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) collapsed last month (ATW Daily News, March 13), the onus has swung back to Singapore although this time the dialogue is with the government.

“We [are] work[ing] with them on a range of issues and one of them is keeping the door open to the possibility of a premium airline,” Joyce told The Australian.

Joyce stressed QF was not desperate to establish the new carrier, “but we do believe that for the long-term success of Qantas it needs to participate in the premium end of the market,” Joyce said.

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