Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Qantas is grounding five of its aircraft and cancelling up to 100 flights a week as its engineer’s “go slow” as part of their ongoing industrial action.The carrier announced today the ban on overtime in maintenance facilities has created a backlog and forced the carrier to ground the flights for at least a month.The cancelled flights are expected to affect services to and from Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.“Regrettably, the industrial action from the licensed aircraft maintenance engineers’ union is now making it difficult to clear maintenance tasks in a timely fashion,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said. “Not only are they seeking pay and conditions that would put us even further beyond our competitors, they want the right to control key elements of how we run the company.”The airline added that there will be no impact on QantasLink, Jetconnect and Jetstar services. “It takes about 15,000 hours per week to maintain the fleet. “We are seeing a shortfall in maintenance capacity of over 1,200 hours per week or about eight per cent.”The carrier’s head stressed the grounding is not a safety concern but rather a result of “decline in schedule reliability”.He continued that the co-ordinated attacks on the carrier from pilots, engineers and baggage handler unions are causing severe disruptions for passengers and the carrier’s business. “Between the three unions we are seeing almost daily strikes, bans on overtime, political messages being read out to customers on international and domestic flights and union leaders telling passengers to expect disruptions for many months to come,” Mr Joyce said.
UK-based airline bmi will launch new flights to Tel Aviv from the UK beginning next month. A new non-stop service between London Heathrow Airport and the Israeli city will be launched from March 30th.The services will operate out of the airport’s Terminal 1 and will add to the flights along the route that were launched last year.Bmi also announced that business class and premium economy travellers will be offered additional perks on the route from May 3rd.Peter Spencer, managing director of bmi, said: “We are giving our customers a real choice with greater flexibility especially for those connecting regionally from within the UK and/or flying onward to the USA.”Our A330 aircraft features an excellent Business Class service, including fully flat beds and complimentary Chauffeur Drive on selected fares as well as our world leading Premium Economy seats with 50 inches of legroom, 12 inches more than competitors.”Last month, the carrier announced that it is set to launch new flights from London Heathrow to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev five times per week. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedCheap UK flights to Vienna launched by bmibmi has announced new flights to Vienna from London HeathrowLaunch of cheap flights to Berlin from Heathrow this monthCheap flights to Berlin from London Heathrow are being launched by bmiNew Moscow-Tomsk route set for winter launchTransaero Airlines is set to launch daily flights between Moscow and Tomsk.