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Alan Joyce to replace Geoff Dixon as Qantas Chief Executive Officer

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Alan Joyce is to become Chief Executive Officer of Qantas upon the retirement of Geoff Dixon after Qantas’ Annual General Meeting on 28 November 2008. Mr Joyce was previously Chief Executive Officer of Qantas subsidiary airline Jetstar.

“Alan will assume the role of Chief Executive Designate from today and will also join the Board of Qantas with immediate effect,” Chairman of Qantas Airways Limited, Mr Leigh Clifford said. “Geoff and Alan will work together over the next four months to ensure a smooth transition and continuity.”

Mr Dixon will remain available to Qantas on a consulting basis until 31 March 2009.

Alan Joyce is 42 years of age and has 20 years of experience in the aviation industry. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar in October 2003.

Prior to his appointment at Jetstar, Alan spent over 15 years in leadership positions for full service carriers Qantas, Ansett and Aer Lingus.

At both Qantas and Ansett, he led the Network Planning, Schedules Planning and Network Strategy functions. Prior to this, Alan spent eight years at Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national carrier. Here he held a number of roles in Sales, Marketing, IT, Network Planning, Operations Research, Revenue Management and Fleet Planning.

Alan has been a member of the Qantas Executive Committee since October 2003 and a Director of both Jetstar Asia and Jetstar Pacific (Vietnam).

Born in Dublin, Alan moved to Australia in 1996 and now holds both Australian and Irish citizenship. He was educated in Ireland and has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science (Physics and Mathematics) and a Master of Science degree in Management Science, both awarded by the University of Dublin (Trinity College). Alan is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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