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Truss welcomes Qantas decision to buy Boeing.



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Warren Truss Minister for Transport and Regional Services Deputy Leader of The Nationals

M E D I A R E L E A S E

DOTARS05/073WT 14 December 2005

TRUSS WELCOMES QANTAS DECISION TO BUY BOEING

The Australian Government Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Warren Truss, today congratulated Qantas on its decision to purchase up to 115 new aircraft to upgrade its Qantas and Jetstar fleet and extend services

“The decision is a massive vote of confidence in the future of air services in Australia and will enable Qantas to open up a large number of new destinations and long-haul routes.

“This is the biggest order ever by an Australian airline and will enable Qantas to operate more extensive services from Australian cities other than Sydney.

“The Qantas decision to purchase 65 Boeing 787s with an option to buy a further 50 will bring a new guarantee of state-of-the-art aircraft to the Qantas fleet and ensure that Qantas continues to operate one of the most modern and advanced aircraft fleets in the world.”

Mr Truss said it was particularly exciting that the new deal will open up significant opportunities for Australian industry.

“Boeing already has a significant presence in Australia and this Qantas order will give Australian aeronautical manufacturers more chances to develop their skills and to sell their product around the world.”

Mr Truss said he was aware the decision was a difficult one for Qantas as both Boeing and Airbus offered attractive packages.

“By committing to a single-type aircraft, Qantas has the potential to lower its costs and to increase its competitiveness in the domestic and international market,” he said.

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Tim Langmead - Media Adviser 02 6277 7680 0418 221 433 tim.langmead@dotars.gov.au www.ministers.dotars.gov.au

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