Qantas books jet into Singapore for work

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  1. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

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    Oops! :D
     

  2. JohnK

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    Good one Geoff! I see you are trying to save money for your next bonus!
     
  3. aus_flyer

    aus_flyer Established Member

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    Classic comment. So, so true.
     
  4. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    If the price is good, then it makes perfect sense to go there.

    Why pay more than you have to

    Dave
     
  5. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

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    Yes, from the airline's perspective. But I don't think the govt is thinking about the money. :D
     
  6. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    I was under the impression that Qantas is a company with legal obligations to serve the interests of shareholders and not keep howard the duck happy

    Dave
     
  7. serfty

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    Legally and Literally that is true. However, the perception of Joe Public would appear to be different.

    The govt. can promote themselves: "Hey, vote for us some more because we kept jobs within Oz by keeping those nasty SQ people out of OZ-US".

    When Qantas suddenly assign *some* of that work overseas, the above promotion loses some of its puff.
     
  8. NM

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    So in my book its the government trying to win votes that looks silly, not Qantas.

    And has anyone in the Australian Government or Qantas actually make a link between the SQ trans-Pacific issue and the location of QF maintenance work? That seems to be an assumption made by many people but I am yet to see any hard evidence that it is anything more than timing coincidence.
     
  9. Yada Yada

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    The minister and the prime minister were both singing from the same songsheet on this, denying that the issues were linked. Which for me pretty much indicated the opposite. :roll:

    A number of news services quoted Truss, e.g:

    Perhaps Truss only had to say to Dixon, "We're thinking about keeping SQ out of the trans-pacific route, and would appreciate any support you can give us on possible future employment issues that may arise". Dixon: Yes, I understand. :(
     
  10. NM

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    The cynic and the realist in me says the probability of some background "understanding" between the parties high. But I don't think we should be stating it as fact unless there is strong evidence to support the claim. It would make for an interesting episode of Yes Minister. I can just see how Sir Humphrey would present the "facts" to his minister.
     
  11. Yada Yada

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    :D That is exactly what I was thinking. :wink:
     
  12. NM

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    I still believe this issue of sending one 747 to Singapore for a maintenance procedure is a media and union beatup. It seems reasonable to me to expect some change-over time to relocate equipment, tooling etc from SYD to AVV and that during that change-over period the overall maintenance capacity in Australia will be temporarily reduced.
     
  13. Yada Yada

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    I agree. I also believe that this decision to send one jet to SIN for maintenance must have been known during the period of negotiations. Surely they did not just make a snap decision about it. In which case why would they not advise the unions at the time? It's all a bit strange.

    Anyway, I heard on the news this morning that maintenance workers are stopping work at MEL, SYD and BNE in protest.
     
  14. NM

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    And they wonder why QF was considering moving their jobs overseas :roll: :roll: . Simple solution to the strike issue is to send one more 747 to Singapore for each day they remain on strike.
     
  15. Kiwi Flyer

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    That would be an expensive way to get the point across. Pretty soon you have no 747s left to carry pax and freight (you know the ones who pay the bills) :D
     
  16. Yada Yada

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    Here is a follow up story...

     
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