Qantas announces a new aerospace engineering academy

Qantas Group announced this morning that it expects to add more than 8,500 new jobs over the next decade.


Australia's national airline will establish the Qantas Group Engineering Academy, with its first students entering in 2025.


Qantas announces a new aerospace



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  • The Qantas Group, which includes Qantas, Jetstar, QantasLink, and Qantas Freight, employs approximately 23,500 people.


  • Over the next 10 years, it will employ more than 30,000 frontline people, subject to natural growth, and build its workforce to about 32,000.


  • To give some context, in pre-Covid, 2018, the airline had about 30,000 employees, so part of the growth announced today is also the re-hiring of jobs that were cut due to the pandemic.


  • However, Qantas is undoubtedly in a growth mode, with more than 300 new aircraft set to take delivery over the next decade.


  • Orders include the game-changing Sunrise Airbus A350-1000 wide-body aircraft that will operate direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to New York and London and the narrow-body Airbus A321LR aircraft for Jetstar.


  • With the arrival of all these new aircraft, Qantas also acquires 22 mid-life and lease-for-service aircraft over the next two years to cater to growing growth in the cargo, resource, and leisure travel segments.


  • Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said the airline is Australia's largest investor in flying skills and the long-term skill base in demand means it is dependent on constant renewal.


  • "Because we order aircraft up to ten years in advance, we must plan ahead of time for the people and skills required to operate them."Over that time period, we will create an estimated 8,500 new aviation jobs in Australia, most of which require years of training," he added.


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