Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 11360 posts, RR: 50 Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1055 times:
Airbus today announced that Qantas LCC JetStar has signed a contract for 20 A320, plus options on 40 more. Delivery of these aircraft will start in October 2004. JetStar will also lease 3 aircraft to allow operations to start in July 2004. By mid 2005, JetStar will be operating a fleet of 23 A320.
All the A320 will feature 177 seats and will be powered by IEA2500 engines.
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 872 times:
Yyz717 - please have a look at the umpteen other posts on this issue. JetStar will be run as a completely separate airline, owned by Qantas. What the mainline fleet operates has little to no bearing on what JetStar operates. The A320s were determined to be the most advantageous choice.
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
L.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 10 Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 857 times:
Qantas LOVES their 738s. However, the issue is the QF unions. If JetStar (IMHO stupid generic name-my god call it "Dream" at least u have ID with the "dreaming" liveries, Wunula, etc) flew the 738, the unions would insist they operate on the same work rules as the mainline 738s. By flying the 320s, you create a whole new group of employees that aren't unionized and can work at LCC pay.
Lufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3074 posts, RR: 10 Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 825 times:
Mr L1011, tristar, well, they actaully are unionised, it's just that they have already agreed to much lower rates (around 30-40% lower in some cases) as these rates were agreed to at impulse before QF took em over.
Labour laws here are far tighter than the USA, and companies can't just fire ppl. Infact, in some cases, companies are suppose to actually start going broke before they can legall just offlay empolyees enmasse. This gives the union an awful amount of power..... too much in my opinion but thats life.
I think everybody must have known it was going to be IAE V2500 engines. Its interesting, as it is a move away from the tried and trusted GE and CFM, and folks in CHC must be rubbing their hands together.