Qantas to hire 2,000 full-time Cabin Crew in Australia

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Qantas has reached a landmark in-principle agreement for a new five-year EBA with the Flight Attendants Association of Australia (FAAA) International Division that will lead to the creation of more than 2,000 full-time cabin crew jobs in Australia over the next three years.

"This is essential to Qantas' continued growth, and builds on our track record of having created 5,000 new jobs since 2001," said Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon. "This new EBA provides stability and certainty for Qantas and its Long Haul Cabin Crew for the next five years."

Qantas has established a new subsidiary, Qantas Cabin Crew Australia (QCCA), to be a party to the agreement, along with Qantas Airways.

"All new crew will be hired by QCCA, which will deliver future jobs growth as well as supporting dedicated crewing for our new A380 fleet."

Mr Dixon said Qantas will maintain its current balance of offshore and onshore crew, with offshore crewing levels remaining at 25%.

"The agreement is a positive outcome for all concerned. It opens up a range of options for current crew. There will be an immediate and significant increase in the number of promotions available, as well as ready access to part-time work for current crew who seek that option."

The agreement provides for a three per cent per annum pay increase, a sign-on bonus and improved superannuation arrangements for international cabin crew.

QCCA will begin hiring full-time cabin crew in early 2008.

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