|Quoting bunumuring (Reply 161):|
All the QF FF i know who were 'upset' with QF over the grounding have returned. I don't know of anyone who has 'stayed' with VA. As has been mentioned here before, QF FF points really are the second Australian currency ...
My Qantas status has now gone completely.
And I only fly Qantas when I have no choice. I had flown three Business Class trips to North America in the year leading up to the shutdown, but I haven't set foot on one of their aircraft on an international flight since and I've only flown 4 domestic sectors, with 2 more to come next week out of necessity.
Qantas was my primary domestic carrier when in Australia until the shutdown. The most I'd been inconvenienced by the unions was when the pilots read a short speech during disembarkation.
But then the airline's senior management abused their legal avenues to shutdown even legitimate dissent (e.g the pilots) and stranded their poor passengers all over the place on a weekend, and claimed to have been unable to forewarn us because they had only just thought of the idea. As if.
It was an act of contempt towards their customers. It seems to have impressed a lot of people on this forum who think that it taught the unions a lesson, but of course what it really did was achieve precisely what the airline could have applied for with Fair Work Australia without flushing $200 million down the toilet and ending any chance of future constructive negotiations with their workforce.
To me the shutdown will always seem to be like a man punching his wife in the street for "embarrassing him" by wearing a short skirt, and ending up in jail.
It was an act of costly futility, which made the perpetrator feel better but really did him no good at all. And only his family - in this case corporate Australia and people of a very, very conservative political persuasion - blindly stood by their man. "Yes, he's lost $200 million, but hey, he's shown how tough he is."
Alan Joyce wanted to impress Leigh Clifford, and nothing impresses Leigh Clifford like bashing a union, regardless of whether it was the right way to win that battle, let alone a war.
To be honest, the only thing that I've missed at times about Qantas has been hot meals in domestic economy class, but even they are being downgraded to nasty Noodle Box-style offerings so I'm only pining for something that is going anyway.
The Qantas shutdown taught the unions a lesson about as much as my avoidance of the airline teaches Alan Joyce a lesson. It was a gesture for market investors.[Edited 2014-08-30 20:36:49]
[Edited 2014-08-30 20:38:13]