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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Bligh welcomes qantas decision to keep 500 jobs in qld

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Monday, May 11, 2009

    Bligh welcomes qantas decision to keep 500 jobs in qld

    Premier Anna Bligh welcomed news today that Queensland had secured the future heavy maintenance of Qantas’ growing Airbus A330 fleet in Australia.

    The announcement by Qantas CEO Alan Joyce secures over 500 jobs at the Brisbane Heavy Maintenance facility.

    The facility currently services the airline’s Boeing 767s.

    "From early 2010, Qantas’ A330 fleet will undergo heavy maintenance right here in Queensland," Ms Bligh said.

    "In the current global economic crisis – hitting the aviation industry particularly hard – it is a positive sign to see Qantas making the decision to keep these jobs here in Queensland, instead of sending them off-shore.

    "In partnership with the Queensland Government, Qantas has a long history of investing in Queensland jobs and currently employs over 5,000 Queenslanders.

    "This has come about as a result of the successful discussions between the company and its Brisbane employees and I congratulate all involved," she said.

    Ms Bligh said the Queensland Government had worked closely with the airline over the past 12 years to secure job-creating projects for Queensland

    "Job-creators, such as the Brisbane Call Centre, the Snapfresh Catering facility at Logan, the Jetstar Technical and Cabin Crew base in Cairns, and this heavy maintenance facility - have all come here to Queensland despite tough interstate competition.

    "The Queensland Investment and Incentive Scheme (QIIS) - which offers investment incentives such as payroll tax relief - has resulted in significant national and international investment in this State and Qantas is one of the success stories, now employing thousands of Queenslanders.

    The State Government secured the $85 million Heavy Maintenance facility for Queensland in 2002, after competing with Victoria and Auckland. It opened in 2005.

    Media: 3224 4500 (Premier’s office)