Qantas told its long-haul pilots that it will bring in seperate workforce to operate “Project Sunrise” flights if they do not agree with the new wage agreement.
The intended “Project Sunrise” flights are salted non-stop ultra long flights from east coast Australia to London and New York starting in irst half of calendar 2023.
The airline has been in a deadlock with pilots’ union over how much the pilots will be paid to fly its so-called “Project Sunrise” flights.
Qantas said in email that if they failed to reach an agreement with Australian & International Pilots Association, it will bypass the union and offer the same directly to Pilots, or bring in totally new workforce (pilots)
Under the new drafted agreement, the captains would be paid a base rate of $395,000 a year, First officers are in line for $261,000 a year, and second officers $129,000. Also offering three per cent annual pay increases and promotional opportunities to its long haul pilots.
Qantas has selected modified Airbus A350-1000 jets powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines that could fly non-stop for almost 20 hours.
Qantas has completed the first nonstop test flight between New York and Sydney, designated “Project Sunrise,” which lasted 19 hours and 16 minutes and covered almost 10,000 miles in Oct 2019.