News

Qantas Disappointed by Pilot Action

Qantas Disappointed by Pilot Action

Qantas LogoQantas has been informed by the Australian and International Pilots Association that long-haul pilots will take industrial action from this Friday, including making union announcements inflight to passengers. Qantas, which is assessing the implications of the work bans, says: “At this stage we don’t expect any flight delays or cancellations.”

In a statement, Qantas said: “Our priority is always to our customers and we are disappointed that the pilots’ union would intentionally disturb customers’ in-flight experience to make a point during an industrial dispute. This dispute is about the pilots’ union attempting to force all Qantas subsidiaries, including Jetstar, to pay the same high rates as Qantas. The union is also demanding pay increases and free flights on top of already heavily discounted airfares. The claim, if it were ever conceded, would drive up airfares, cost jobs and make Qantas airlines and routes unprofitable.

“Despite the union’s slogans, all Qantas-operated flights are flown by Qantas pilots, including every Qantas mainline domestic flight and every mainline international flight. This claim is actually a requirement that pilots flying for all Qantas affiliate airlines, including Jetstar and Jetconnect, are either paid the same premium rates and working conditions as Qantas pilots or that Qantas stop flying codeshare flights with other airlines within the Qantas Group.

“The claim appears to be designed to damage the viability of Jetstar and other subsidiaries in the naive belief that this will lead to increased activity in Qantas.

“Qantas encourages the pilots’ union to work with the business to address the real challenges facing the Qantas International business.”

 

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

More in News

Agents Can Win Celebrity Staycation Every Day in May

Fionn DavenportMay 5, 2021

Supplier of the Week: Insight Vacations

Allie SheehanMay 5, 2021

Live: ITAA Addresses Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport

Allie SheehanMay 5, 2021

Video: Covid Testing Centre Opens at Belfast City Airport

Fionn DavenportMay 5, 2021

Delta and BCD Travel Sign Industry-First Sustainable Fuel Agreement

Fionn DavenportMay 5, 2021

EasyJet Holidays Announces ‘Fam Trip a Day’ Giveaway for NI Agents

Fionn DavenportMay 5, 2021

Qatar Airlines Announces New Spending Options for Privilege Club Members

Fionn DavenportMay 5, 2021

Star Power for Switzerland: Federer Teams up with De Niro

Fionn DavenportMay 5, 2021

ITAA to Government: Prepare to Restart International Travel

Fionn DavenportMay 5, 2021

Copyright © 2021 ittn