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The Australian and International Pilots Association has raised concerns about Qantas’s newly announced Jetstar Hong Kong venture.
While a Senate Committee report into the Air Navigation and Civil Aviation Amendment (Aircraft Crew) Bill 2011 and the Qantas Sale Act Amendment (Still Call Australia Home) Bill 2011 has avoided addressing the difficult issues facing Australian aviation, Senator Nick Xenophon’s dissenting report offers important recommendations that must be acknowledged by the government, the Australian and International Pilots Association said today.
The predictable collapse of the ‘Red Q’ Malaysia plan offers a welcome opportunity for Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and his team to finally turn their focus onto rebuilding the badly damaged Qantas brand, the Australian and International Pilots Association said today.
The Australian and International Pilots Association holds deep concerns that the catastrophic brand damage sustained by Qantas during the grounding of the fleet last year will go unrepaired, because the CEO has been led to believe it was a “positive for the brand”.
The leadership team that guided the Australian and International Pilots Association through its first industrial campaign since 1966 has been re-elected for another two-year term.
AIPA President Captain Barry Jackson along with AIPA Vice Presidents Captain Richard Woodward, Captain Brad Hodson and Captain David Backhouse were this week returned for another term at the helm of the Association.
“It is a real honour to be re-elected as AIPA President after such a turbulent couple of years,” Captain Jackson said.
“I know AIPA’s three Vice Presidents feel the same way....
Qantas management needs to face stern questions about the decisions that contributed to today’s historic loss announcement, according to the Australian and International Pilots Association.
“Obviously Qantas faces a challenging set of circumstances that have contributed to today’s disappointing result. However there is no denying that this airline could be doing much, much better if it had enjoyed good management over recent years,” AIPA President Captain Barry Jackson said.
“Investing in modern aircraft, like the fuel-efficient 777, would have drastically cut Qantas’s fuel...
The Australian and International Pilots Association has called once again for depreciation rates on new aircraft to be accelerated to bring Australia into line with jurisdictions in which foreign competitor airlines operate.
“Qantas pilots have been pushing for accelerated depreciation rates as part of a package of measures to redress the imbalance in the international airline investment environment for two years,” AIPA President Captain Barry Jackson said.
“We have conducted this push without the support of Qantas management, however I was glad to see Corporate Affairs...
Alan Joyce’s plan to shrink Qantas by 2,800 jobs and outsource most of its international flying to Emirates will represent yet another devastating blow to the once untouchable Qantas brand, the Australian and International Pilots Association said today.
The Qantas CEO has announced 2,800 jobs will go at the national carrier, as part of a ‘tie-up’ with the Arab carrier.
AIPA Vice President Captain Richard Woodward said although Mr Joyce’s motives were tough to read, the result would be disastrous.
“In the international aviation game you cannot shrink to success,”...
Practical and achievable policy changes could serve the national interest by allowing Qantas to compete on a more level playing field, the Australian and International Pilots Association stated today.
Qantas pilots have been meeting with Parliamentarians in Canberra this week to push the case for a number of potential legislative shifts that would make it easier for Qantas to operate in the ‘open skies’ Australian environment, against competitors that...
As the Australian and International Pilots Association and Qantas management prepare to go before Fair Work Australia today, AIPA has urged management to start working with Qantas pilots and staff to overcome the myriad challenges currently being faced by the airline.
AIPA Vice President Captain Richard Woodward said the nature of arbitration meant neither party would get everything sought, but regardless of the outcome it was vital for Qantas management and Qantas pilots to work together in 2012 and beyond.
“The primary goal of Qantas pilots throughout this entire dispute...