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Qantas to use Network Fokker 100s on RPT flights in WA

Old 26th Nov 2014, 05:39
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Qantas to use Network Fokker 100s on RPT flights in WA

I fail to understand why its taken this long and they've kept chartering Alliance on the east coast

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Qantas plans to use Fokker 100 aircraft from its Network Aviation subsidiary to operate scheduled flights in Western Australia under the QantasLink brand.

The move will result in QantasLink ending all turboprop operations from its Perth hub and is part of a broader change to the network that will result in four Bombardier Q300 aircraft leaving the fleet and schedule changes in a number of markets.

QantasLink head of airports Todd Chapman said Network’s Air Operator’s Certificate had now been amended to allow it to operate regular public transport (RPT) flights with its 12 100-seat Fokker 100s.

“We are starting to use those aircraft as QF-coded flight numbers on formal RPT routes,” Chapman told delegates at the Australian Airports Association national conference on the Gold Coast on Wednesday.

“It is a real symbol of the diversity that QantasLink now has in order to meet not just right aircraft, right route, but we can also tackle different markets with the different fleet choices that we have depending if they are RPT or charter.”

With the end of turboprop operations at Perth, QantasLink flights from the West Australian capital would use either Boeing 717s or Network-opeated Fokker 100s.

Qantas acquired Network, which runs charter and fly-in/fly-out services, in February 2011.

Chapman noted QantasLink’s fleet comprising 49 Bombardier turboprops and 18 Boeing 717s, flew 10 per cent more flights per day than Qantas mainline domestic and carried 20 per cent more passengers than Qantas’s international operations.

Moreover, 33 per cent of passengers travelling on QantasLink flights were connecting onto a Qantas domestic or international flight, which Chapman said highlighted the importance of on-time performance (OTP) for the regional carrier.

To help airports with keeping QantasLink’s flights on schedule, the airline publishes weekly charts ranking each airport in terms of aircraft turnaround time in a bid to motivate airports to do better.

“We can actually see a dent in our yield in the subsequent weeks after we have a bad week of on-time performance because the market softens, they lose confidence and they are not prepared to pay as much for their ticket,” Chapman said.

“OTP is critical for us as a business and airports assisting us on that is invaluable.

“We are just wanting good turnaround performance as a core skill from our airports. We don’t want them to rush. We just want them to do it safely within the allotted turn time.”
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 05:58
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You got a Qlink turboprop driver happily living on the west coast who has just been informed he will have to uproot his (her) family and move east. Now you got another arm of Qlink expanding services on the west coast . What's stopping network giving priority interviews to the prop drivers so they got a chance to stay . Known product , already has a Qlink number ?
History shows those turbo prop drivers won't get a look in . Where are the unions or where is the union ?

Happy now ?

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Old 26th Nov 2014, 06:18
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You got a Qlink turboprop driver happily living on the west coast who has just been informed he will have to uproot his (her) family and move east. Now you got another arm of Qlink expanding services on the west coast
One word my friend 'Deja Vu'.

Qantaslink demonstrated it's commitment to Qantaslink employee's several years ago with the closure of another east coast operator. Look to history for the result, Mr Gissing was there.
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 06:44
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Qantas have been using the dirty little Fokkers to KTA for a while now, when they aren't U/S.

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Old 26th Nov 2014, 10:24
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Pimp Daddy,

Have a look at Networks On time performance. Its actually really high. well into the 90%, so the line, "when they aren't u/s" is clearly rubbish. In fact that OTP percentage would indicate they are serviceable and on time at least 9 times out of 10.
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 11:00
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Diablo OTP is pretty easy in fIFO If your not on time you could do your job. May be a bit different carrying the great unwashed. Also the seem to have a lot of hardware sitting around once they are busier may be a bit different.
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 11:36
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The ex Q400 flying will be easily absorbed by the F100's. A bit of the F100 work is now done with 737's and they also no longer do the Nifty work.
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Old 26th Nov 2014, 17:55
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This ladies and gentleman is why the group will never agree to a scope agreement common across the planet. Like Qantas mainline life will get miserable for Qlink pilots, the only thing that will save them is the fact that they cannot sack them because of the FWA until Mr Abbott changes the law. Plenty of Mainline pilots are either on LWOP or are getting demoted for the lack of a scope agreement. Don't think the Jetstar pilots are exempt because they are next. The company will continue to create alter-ego companies to divide and conquer the pilot group in the Qantas group. Air New Zealand pilots took the company to task and threatened to shut the airline down in 7 days and in 4 the company blinked and now they have a career wherever the company wants to operate. ALL US airlines have one and most of the majors across the planet. No matter how much it costs the company in lost revenue and AOC costs they will continue to do this unless forced to do otherwise. American Airlines just created a common seniority list between the American Eagle and American for no other reason other than the fact they were desperately short of pilots in the main airline(Chapter 11 helped with 25% reduction in salaries and pensions decimated). Stop thinking of yourselves and start looking long-term. One pilot union would help.

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Old 27th Nov 2014, 04:35
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Toruk,

The latest EOI for PH base crews allow them to take LWOP to go to Network, subject to a successful interview of course.

Just out of curiosity, did the MoU guys from QF to JQ have to do an interview?

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Old 27th Nov 2014, 06:05
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Interview and testing identical to off the street applicants.
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Old 27th Nov 2014, 06:54
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Im not sure , been out of Australia a long time now but retain an interest and see history repeating itself . Qantas will say they have no control over who gets interviews but I've also seen them organize jobs in companies they don't own with 1 phone call .
Can't see any change until the industry is more organized . Union guys a right in that there only as strong as the members and Qantas seem to hold all the cards at the moment .
There is work overseas , best thing I did and nice to have safety net of leave with out pay .
If the stars line up and you get into a job in the group that suits you then well done if not then don't let them get you down , I deadend the pain working for them trying to make it work and got out when I could not take it anymore .
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Old 28th Nov 2014, 12:24
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Wonder if they'll get rid of that horrific green tail? Looks like they ran a competition to get that design and accidentally used the design of the worst entry
As for employing QLink guys, I heard they're just going to flog the Network boys since they don't get O/T
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