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ONLY TEN CARRIERS MISS EMISSIONS TRADING DEADLINE
Qantas says it will consolidate its heavy
maintenance capabilities at its Brisbane and
Avalon sites, in a move aimed at saving
A$70-100 million (US$68-98 million).
The restructuring will see the end of Boeing
737 heavy maintenance at Melbourne's
Tullamarine Airport, with the loss of 422
jobs. A further 113 positions will go at
Avalon because of retirement of five 747
jetliners this year. "Further changes to Avalon
are expected as the business continues to
modernise," Qantas says in a statement.
"The restructure is necessary as there is
currently not enough heavy-maintenance work
required for three separate facilities and the
introduction of new technology and modern
aircraft means there will be a further 60%
reduction in heavy-maintenance requirements
over the next seven years," the carrier says.
Heavy maintenance for 737s will in future
take place in Brisbane, along with Boeing
767 and Airbus A330 work. The base at
Avalon will continue to maintain Boeing
747s, as well as conducting some 737 and
767 work, aircraft reconfiguration and one-
off maintenance tasks.
Qantas says it will halt heavy maintenance
at Tullamarine by August. "However, line
maintenance will continue to be conducted
at the facility, employing more than 300
people," the airline says.
According to Chief Executive Officer Alan
Joyce, Qantas will continue to be the only
major airline to do heavy maintenance at its
own facilities in Australia. "Our commitment
to setting a global standard for safety and
quality in airline maintenance will never
change," he says.
"Like the manufacturing industry, aviation
maintenance is a labour- and capital-intensive
sector," Joyce adds. Our cost base in heavy
maintenance is 30% per cent higher than that
of our competitors -- we must close this gap to
secure Qantas' future viability and success."
The airline chief adds that Qantas cannot
take full advantage of its new, more efficient,
less maintenance-intensive aircraft if it
continues to do maintenance in the same way
as it did a decade ago.
Over two months, Qantas consulted with
unions, employees and other stakeholders
to discuss the options the company was
The airline says 30 new jobs will be
available in line maintenance in Melbourne
and five more in Sydney, with an unspecified
number of positions opening up at Brisbane
because of the additional 737 work. "All
Qantas heavy maintenance apprentices
will be given the opportunity to finish their
apprenticeships with Qantas," the company
One-off costs associated with the
restructuring plan, including redundancy
packages, will be approximately A$50
million, the airline says. "This takes estimated
transformation costs for the second half of
FY12 to between A$250-260 million," it
adds. Andrzej Jeziorski
Only eight Chinese and two Indian airlines
failed to comply with a deadline to submit
carbon emission data by March 31 for the
European Union's emission trading scheme
(ETS). The figures suggest that the anti-ETS
bloc is starting to falter as the scheme starts
to become a reality.
More than 20 countries signed up to a
"coalition of the unwilling" at a conference
in Moscow last February. But the threat of
EU fines seems to have persuaded most to
sign on the dotted line. Penalties for non-
compliance start at €100 ($128) per tonne of
carbon, and repeat offenders could ultimately
be banned from EU airspace.
Connie Hedegaard, the European
commissioner for climate action, said: "To
put these figures into perspective, these
[ten] airlines represent less than 3% of total
aviation emissions. So the bottom line is
more than 1,200 airlines from all other
countries but China and India have complied:
implementation of the law is there."
EU member states have contacted the
Indian and Chinese airlines to remind them
of their obligations, said Hedegaard, adding
that the deadline has been extended until
Under the terms of the ETS, airlines must
declare carbon emissions data from 2012
onwards for any flights landing in or taking
off from EU territory. Annual figures are then
set against company-specific quotas laid out
by Brussels, and carriers must pay for surplus
emissions by purchasing carbon permits on
the free market.
Meanwhile, there are also signs that the
EU is willing to put the money raised through
the scheme back into a fund to help poorer
countries deal with global warming.
A solution for the longer term would be to
"give this modest revenue back into climate
financing," Hedegaard said at a Reuters'
Global Energy and Environment Summit.
QANTAS TO CONSOLIDATE MAINTENANCE, CUT JOBS
Qantas will concentrate heavy maintenance for Airbus A330s, Boeing 737s and 767s in Brisbane.
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