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Qantas’s foreign shareholding reaches 44.7 per cent

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 17, 2014

Qantas is splitting off its international operations, and has written down the value of its international aircraft fleet. (Rob Finlayon)
Qantas is splitting off its international operations, and has written down the value of its international aircraft fleet. (Rob Finlayon)

Qantas says its foreign ownership level has risen to 44.7 per cent, edging closer to the 49 per cent legislated cap.

In an update to the market on Wednesday, Qantas said its total foreign ownership level had risen from 43.7 per cent at July 31 to 44.7 per cent at August 25.

Under Australian Securities Exchange rules, the airline was required to inform the market if its total foreign shareholding reached or exceeded 44 per cent.

Qantas recently announced plans to create a new holding structure and corporate entity by splitting its Qantas mainline operations into separate Domestic and International units. The proposed move, unveiled at the full year results presentation in August, was designed to open the possibility of more foreign investment in the airline.

“This will have no impact on the day-to-day operations, network or staffing at Qantas International,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said on August 28.


“It will create the long-term option for Qantas International to participate in partnership opportunities in the international aviation market, with a view to achieving further efficiencies and improved returns to shareholders.”

The Qantas Sale Act prohibits foreign persons or companies from owning more than 49 per cent of Qantas stock.

US-based investment firm Franklin Resources Inc was Qantas’s largest shareholder with an 18.66 per cent stake, according to the airline’s 2013/14 annual report.

News of the increased foreign ownership level comes as Fairfax Media reported representatives from China Eastern flew to Sydney to meet with their counterparts at Qantas keen to forge a deeper cooperation between the two airlines.

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare on each other’s services between Sydney and Shanghai, while Qantas has placed its QF code on a number of China Eastern’s domestic flights from Shanghai within China. The two carriers are also investors in the yet-to-be-approved Jetsar Hong Kong.

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Comments (3)

  • sheila dikshit


    They need to order boeing 787-9 and boeing 777-9x to replace airbus a330 boeing 747 boeing 767 A380 to replace the airbus fleet in the next 10 years

  • Glen


    I do wonder why anyone would want to invest in Qantas.

  • Bruce Johnston


    I Do Think The Qantas Board, Needs To Rethink How They Run, The Airline, Is JQ Jet Star Helping Qantas International, I Really Don`t Think So, No Way. The B777-300ER is a Better Replacement, For Qantas B744 and B744ER Planes. The B787-8 and 787-9 a Mix of Them, Would Be Better Than The A330 Fleet Now in Use. The A330 Cost More To Run, Because Its a Older Type Of Jet, This is Why The B787 Would Be Much Better For Qantas Int. Now Today and Tomorrow.

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