Pilots lose to Qantas

Qantas has won its long-running dispute with its international pilots, with Fair Work Commission yesterday clearing the way for the airline to keep code- sharing with its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar.

The row, which began in 2011, was partly responsible for the grounding of the airline in October that year.

The Australian and International Pilots Association had many claims that Qantas said would increase fares, cost jobs and make routes unprofitable.

In 2011, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce called the pilots' actions "kamikaze" and warned the demands could not be met.

Qantas yesterday welcomed the commission's decision and said it endorsed the airline's right to manage its business.

"The union was not successful in its original claim that Qantas' terms and conditions would in effect apply to other Qantas Group entities including Jetstar," the airline said.

Qantas Group executive government and corporate affairs Olivia Wirth said the outcome provided certainty for 1600 long-haul pilots and brought the dispute to a close.

The West Australian

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