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One step forward, two steps back: Engineers at Qantas to strike

One step forward, two steps back: Engineers at Qantas to strike

19 August 2011 Airline News

Officials at the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association in Australia have confirmed plans to take industrial action at Qantas following the announcement of job losses at the airline. Qantas confirmed as many as 1,000 employees would lost their jobs – principally through voluntary redundancy – as part of wide ranging reforms to the carrier outlined earlier this week.

Virgin Australia moves in to Tiger Airways’ space

Virgin Australia moves in to Tiger Airways’ space

8 July 2011 Airline News

In the cut throat world of aviation airlines rarely miss an opportunity to take advantage of a competitor’s misfortune, with Virgin Australia quick to maximise its advantage from the grounding of Tiger Airways. Also today, Air New Zealand confirmed tickets for its codeshare trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin Australia had gone live.

Virgin Atlantic pilots vote in favour of strike action

Virgin Atlantic pilots vote in favour of strike action

21 June 2011 Airline News

Pilots at Virgin Atlantic have voted in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay. The British Air Line Pilots’ Association (Balpa) confirmed 97 per cent of its members voted in favour of industrial action, from a ballot turnout of 94 percent, a result it said was “overwhelming”.

Further ash cloud disruption in southern Australia

Further ash cloud disruption in southern Australia

21 June 2011 Airline News

Virgin Australia and Qantas Airlines have both cancelled flights in Australia as aviation in the southern hemisphere continues to be affected by volcanic ash. All flights in to and out of Sydney and Melbourne have been cancelled for the next 48 hours as ash from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile circles the earth for the second time.