We have always thought that Alan had taken over Qantas, got a loan from a Dubai bank an bought the lot, including the board and rents them to the travelling circus. All of that seems to be the case according to his lecture to business associates in Ireland. With the excitement his wedding just three weeks away, The Irish Independent reported that Mr Joyce told the chamber he believed every business community should be involved in and passionate about social issues.
“We decided and I decided that Qantas was better off being part of (the marriage equality campaign),” said Mr Joyce. You can bet that Tony Overheu, the bloke that shoved a pie in the queer’s face won’t be on the invite list.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce has joked that his upcoming wedding to long-term partner Shane Lloyd will be the “most expensive for a Tallaght” man, due to the $1 million personal donation the couple made to Australia’s marriage equality campaign.
Source: Robyn Ironside, News Corp
My expensive wedding: Qantas chief Alan Joyce
Speaking at a Dublin Chamber of Commerce dinner in Ireland, where Mr Joyce has been meeting with Airbus and aircraft leasing companies, the Irish-born CEO revealed his wedding in Sydney was just three weeks away.
The Irish Independent reported that Mr Joyce told the chamber he believed every business community should be involved in and passionate about social issues.
“We decided and I decided that Qantas was better off being part of (the marriage equality campaign),” said Mr Joyce.
“And we personally wanted to get involved in it and my partner worked in the campaign for two years.”
Mr Joyce, who last year earned just under $10m, went on to say the couple donated personally “a million dollars to the campaign because we were massively outmatched by the church who supported a no campaign”.
“So I can probably almost with complete certainty say that my marriage in three weeks time is the most expensive wedding of a Tallaght man,” Mr Joyce said, referring to the working class suburb of Dublin where he grew up.
Same-sex marriage was legalised by Australia’s federal parliament in December 2017.
Mr Joyce and Mr Lloyd will wed at the Museum of Contemporary Art at The Rocks in Sydney, but have not released any further details.
The meeting with Airbus executives was over Qantas’s Project Sunrise, which Mr Joyce hopes to launch in 2023 with flights from Australia’s east coast to London and New York.
Qantas is still considering what aircraft would be best suited to the ultra long-haul routes, the Airbus A350-900ULR or Boeing’s 777X, and negotiating the best price with Airbus and Boeing.
Next week, Mr Joyce will join 40 other people on a test flight from New York to Sydney on a brand new Boeing 787-9.
During the flight, scientists will gather information about pilots’ and passengers’ fatigue levels for the Qantas business case on the service.
Mr Joyce has repeatedly said he will walk away from Project Sunrise if the business case does not stack up.
Negotiations are continuing with pilots for a new enterprise bargaining agreement that would allow employees to conduct flights of between 18 and 20 hours.