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Qantas posts loss, cancels Dreamliner order

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 01:14

Aug. 23 - Qantas Airways posts losses and cancels orders for 35 Boeing Dreamliner jets to cut costs. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Australia's struggling Qantas Airways has cancelled orders for 35 Boeing Dreamliner jets in a bid to slash costs after posting a full-year net loss for the first time in 17 years. Qantas shares jumped to their highest in more than two months as investors welcomed cost-saving moves. The past year has been gruelling for the company with a record fuel bill up 18 percent from last year, rising competition and a labour union opposed to spending cuts. CEO Alan Joyce said recovery will not be easy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) QANTAS CEO ALAN JOYCE SAYING: "There's no silver bullet, there's no easy fix, there's no exit here that's going to solve it. It's going to be a lot of hard work, a lot of initiatives like the initiatives that we've made to get that business back to profit." Unions opposed to the cost-cutting efforts -- including job cuts and the elimination of routes -- led to disputes that grounded the airline's entire fleet for almost two days last year. The cancellation comes as a major blow for Seattle-based Boeing since the order was worth an estimated $8.5 billion dollars.

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Qantas posts loss, cancels Dreamliner order

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 01:14