Qantas wet lease Air Canada to Fly Tasman:
Just in case you're interested, this is the notice that has been given to the Air Canada Pilots. Note the reference to ACPA (Air Canada Pilots Association) having had discussions with the Oz unions and assuring ACPA memebers "Qantas nor the Ansett Pilot Associations would have any difficulty with our pilots performing this flying."
767 Wet Lease
Posted By: barry_stpeter
Date: Saturday, 29 September 2001, at 8:03 p.m.
Below is the Qantas (QF) Wet Lease cover letter and agreement for B767 crews. I have also attached the complete Agreement, Pairings and Blocks, associated with this flying, in Adobe Acrobat Reader format. Please read the information carefully as there is important information with regards to this Wet Lease Agreement.
Due to the required quick implementation of this agreement, if you know of a B767 pilot who you suspect may not be aware of this agreement (i.e. away from computer, not on bulk email, etc), please call them to make them aware of this information. It will also be available on the ACPA Website and in the respective Flight Planning Areas.
QANTAS WET LEASE OPPORTUNITY
The sudden collapse of Ansett airlines in Australia has resulted in a temporary shortage in airline capacity in that market. To fill this gap, Qantas has requested Air Canada to wet lease 3 B767 aircraft and crews for at least the next three months. In light of Air Canada's recent announcement that it will reduce its schedule by as much as 20%, the Association determined that it would be in the best interests of the pilots to pursue this opportunity.
The ACPA Negotiations Committee was tasked to meet with the Company to try and secure an agreement under the offshore assignment provisions of our contract (Article 25.21). Before proceeding on this initiative, ACPA President Captain Don Johnson confirmed that neither the Qantas nor the Ansett Pilot Associations would have any difficulty with our pilots performing this flying. Early Saturday morning, the Negotiations Committee concluded a Memorandum of Agreement with the Company to structure this flying under the provisions of Article 25.21.
The Agreement is in two parts. The first part covers the October block month assignment and acknowledges the very short turn around time to get crews positioned to start-up the flying. There will be 13 crews based either in Auckland or Christchurch, New Zealand operating the aircraft on the following routes:
AKL/SYD/AKL; AKL/MEL/AKL and CHC/SYD/CHC.
The second part deals with the additional months of the assignment.
The bidding process and work rules for crews operating the assignment for the October block month are covered in the attached Memorandum of Agreement, which supplements the provisions of Article 25.21. Eligible pilots will be contacted by Crew Scheduling Department over the weekend to determine who is interested in the assignment. Pilots will be selected on a seniority basis based on the base distribution and groupings (original Air Canada and former Canadian pilots) contained in the Memorandum of Agreement.