Alan Joyce leaves Qantas flight to travel with Anthony Albanese to Jobs Summit

Anthony Albanese has confirmed that the Qantas boss left his own airline to travel on the Prime Minister’s plane.

Alan Joyce was among the political, business, trade union and community group leaders the federal government brought together in Canberra for this week’s Jobs and Skills Summit.

“Did the Qantas boss really take you on the government jet to Canberra?” Today host Karl Stefanovic asked the Prime Minister.

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Qantas boss Alan Joyce was among other business leaders who traveled with the Prime Minister to the Jobs Summit. (Martin Ollman/Getty)

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“Do you think that’s a bit ironic?”

But Albanese said the Business Council of Australia dinner was held the night before, so it made sense for attendees to all fly to Canberra for the summit together.

“You’ll be pleased to know that a charge will be issued, so it was not a free ride,” Albanese said.

He said having those on the jet pay for it would cover the cost.

“You didn’t lose her bags, did you?” Karl joked about the recent drama Qantas has faced over baggage issues.

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“It was well looked after by the Royal Australian Air Force, who are very diligent,” Albanese said.

“There has never been a lost bag in the Royal Australian Air Force.”

See the full interview with Mr. Albanese above

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