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Qantas may recover from decline if Canberra relents

Airline's nosedive offers its CEO best chance to steer it to long-term growth

[SYDNEY] Whether through error or circumstance, Qantas Airways Ltd's spectacular fall from grace is giving chief executive Alan Joyce his best chance of steering the airline towards long-term salvation.

Mr Joyce has called on the Australian government to help the national flag carrier in its hour of need. If Canberra is convinced Qantas is in peril, it may have little option but to abandon decades of resistance and provide state aid.

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