chrisrad
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Legal Action Against SQ,MH,QF,NZ,BA,CX

Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:46 am

http://www.bernama.com/aviation_news/news.php?id=237356&lang=en

MELBOURNE, Dec 19 - Airlines around the world, including Malaysia Airlines, are keeping an anxious eye on an A$80 million (A$1=RM2.74) class action brought by Australian travel agents against six international carriers.

Australian agents are claiming the airlines have deprived them of A$80 million worth of commission and breached the Australian Trade Practices Act by claiming fuel surcharges as a separate tax rather than part of the airfare.

If the class action from more than 1,450 agents against Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines is successful, other international carriers could face claims running into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

According to AAP, travel agents sold 85 percent of the A$16.9 billion worth of international tickets bought in Australia between 2004 and 2006.
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RE: Legal Action Against SQ,MH,QF,NZ,BA,CX

Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:00 am

I guess AC is not in the legal action lawsuit in Australia. I hope they are not in the legal action lawsuit.
 
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RE: Legal Action Against SQ,MH,QF,NZ,BA,CX

Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:35 am

Quoting AirCanada014 (Reply 1):
I guess AC is not in the legal action lawsuit in Australia. I hope they are not in the legal action lawsuit.

Well it does mention that other international airlines are included. But AC's is not that large in Australia compared to SQ,MH,EK
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RE: Legal Action Against SQ,MH,QF,NZ,BA,CX

Thu Dec 21, 2006 1:42 pm

Wait, travel agents still get commission payments from the airlines?

AC operates HNL-SYD (daily 767). Small potatoes. Maybe they don't give commissions?

The arguments in the article (basically that separate fuel charges are BS) make sense to me... I'm still waiting for an airline to come up with pension, maintenance, and salary surcharges.
 
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RE: Legal Action Against SQ,MH,QF,NZ,BA,CX

Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:52 pm

If airlines agreed to pay commission on surcharges, that would mean the surcharges would have to be higher. Who would pay, the passenger obviously.

So why are the agents saying they want the airlines to charge more?

Hasn't it become common practice in Australia to charge a fee to passengers for their services? If they don't like their total compensation all they have to do is increase their fee.

No sympathy here, I'm afraid