Qantas threatens to set up Chinese pilots to fly routes from London and New York after Australian air personnel complain about long hours
- Qantas threatens to hire foreign pilots for non-stop routes to the US and the UK
- In 2019, it successfully tested New York-to-Sydney, London-to-Sydney flights
- It proposes non-stop flights of 19 hours from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne
- Australian and international pilot association is against security reasons
- The ground and cabin staff of the budget subsidiary Jetstar also ceased action
Qantas threatens to deploy pilots from a Chinese airline to fly non-stop from Australia to New York and London while fighting militant strike actions.
The flying kangaroo courier successfully tried three 19-hour flights directly to Sydney from the United States and the UK last year.
It wants to offer non-stop flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to New York and London aboard new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
However, the Australian and International Pilots Association is opposed to the current plan, called Project Sunrise, and claims that there are risks of fatigue on such long-haul flights.
Qantas threatens to set up pilots who live abroad to fly non-stop from Australia to New York and London while the airline’s fighting ceases. Chief executive Alan Joyce (right with pilot Lisa Norman) hinted that resigned Chinese South pilots can be recruited because the Australian and International Pilots Association object to the current plan
Qantas is now in danger of hiring new pilots who live abroad if the pilots’ union disagrees with its plan – a day after the ground and cabin crew at Jetstar, an airline that stopped 24 hours a day, leaving 48 domestic flights were canceled.
The airline’s managing director, Alan Joyce, stepped up his threat and emphasized how a retired captain from China Southern Airlines had offered his services for non-stop flights to New York and London.
“The last few days I received a letter from an Australian captain who worked in China and said that hundreds of Australians have been fired by Chinese airlines who are very eager to come home, very experienced pilots, who are happy to come home and very much like to do Sunrise.” , he told reporters Thursday.
“We don’t want to take that path, we want to make a deal with our pilots and I am optimistic that we will get a deal with our pilots.”
AIPA President Mark Sedgwick said hiring foreign pilots would damage the airline’s reputation for safety.
“We have warned Qantas that the recruitment of external personnel is detrimental to the involvement of pilots and may harm the airline for many years to come,” he said.
The pilots’ union accused Qantas of proposing rigid productivity goals.
“Our members have the skills to fly ultra-long-distance routes safely, and we see no need for the airline to use a different workforce,” said Mr Sedgwick.
The flying kangaroo airline successfully tested three 19-hour flights directly to Sydney from London (Big Ben, left) and New York (right) last year.
Qantas faces a fight in the field of industrial relations on another front with 200 Jetstar ground and cabin crews starting a 24-hour strike this week that grounded 48 flights.
The Transports Workers Union rejects Jetstar’s offer of an annual wage increase of three percent over a four-year period, dated to March 2019, when the last business negotiation agreement expired.
Instead, it wants an increase of four percent per year and a guarantee of more hours as part of an EBA that would run until March 2023.
Although that is considerably higher than the 2.2 percent wage increase for Australian employees last year, the TWU argued that the wage cut in 2016 had depressed their income.
Qantas faces a fight in the field of industrial relations on another front with 200 Jetstar ground and cabin crews starting a 24-hour strike this week that grounded 48 flights. Shown are Jetstar employees at Sydney’s domestic airport
Joyce, who made the entire Qantas fleet famous in 2011 due to an industrial dispute, was unmoved by Jetstar’s staff for holding a vote on a negotiating agreement on Monday.
“No amount of industrial action will change our position,” he said.
“We will not risk the future of the company; we will not risk future jobs by giving outrageous wage increases. “
TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said that most Jetstar employees had trouble paying their bills.
“This is not a wage dispute. This is a fight against understaffing and decent jobs at the airport, “he said.
“Jetstar says they offer a pay raise of three percent, but three percent of not very many hours is not very much.
“Employees want an increase in the guaranteed number of hours that employees get.”