Qantas to launch no-frills OS airline

Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon has proposed a no-frills low-cost international airline starting in August.

As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, the airline would fly on routes from which Qantas has withdrawn, including China, Canada, Korea, Malaysia and others. There would only be one class of seating, no frequent flyer program or club lounge.

It would be staffed by workers from a labour hire company. Qantas has based some of its 5,000 cabin crew in New Zealand and Bangkok. These crew are employed by a labour hire firm and have different conditions from union members. “We cannot compete if 92 per cent of our people continue to be employed under these conditions” Mr Dixon said.

FlightChoice waits eagerly for the response from industry watchdogs and union officials if this proposal is approved by the Qantas board.