Eagleboy wrote:Look at Austrian Airlines for example. They no longer fly longhaul. Instead all those Austrian branded aircraft have little notices under the cockpit window stating "operated by Tyroleon Airlines". Thats what happens when you dont have scope clauses.
Would you expect the union to sit idly by and watch as their members lose their jobs?
I don't think that is the case anymore. OS mainline was folded into Tyrolean, but after the unions agreed to new T&C's they were demerged/combined into a single Austrian Airlines in 2015. Tyrolean no longer exists. There are other examples in the LH family. Swiss is a more recent example. Swiss International Air Lines operates the A320 and A330/40, this being the former Crossair. Swiss Global Air Lines, nee Swiss European Air Lines operate the C-Series and 77W. Swiss Global was a new operation set up to fly the ARJ. LH Cityline aloe operated A340s for LH - this experiment is now over, but Sun Express still operate A330s for Eurowings.
Fundamentally, I agree, why would labour agree for outside contractors to operate "their" routes, while sub-contracting is quite attractive to management? It allows management to grow the business at low capital cost, reduce disruption in labour disputes & strikes and may even reduce costs. The question remains if the employee representatives are willing to let their members fly ATRs and small jets at 'market' rates?