The Problem with Qantas’ London to Perth Route.
Many may consider the arrival of Ultra-Longhaul flights, the latest marvel of the aviation industry, especially with the beginning of the incredibly anticipated London to Perth route, which is the first ever direct flight from England to Australia. But whilst you may be enjoying the new 17 hour, non-stop flight to Australia, the cabin crew quite possibly are not, and here is why!
Qantas’ Inaugural flight,
Qantas’s new route has definitely made headlines…but it’s not all good news…
The airline has recently been bombarded by British Trade Union, UNITE, over allegations of fatigued cabin crew being overworked and receiving a recovery time of only 25 hours after the insane 17 hour flight they manage. Reports are also circulating that Qantas cabin crew are being told to stay silent over their working hours. This has been brought up, mainly because of the risks to a flight, tired and unaware flight crew can cause.
“While the future of flying is likely to centre on ultra-long haul operations, Qantas has a responsibility to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of its passengers and cabin crew continues to be of paramount importance.” Lindsey Oliver, Unite Regional Officer.
Will Qantas’ cabin crew still be smiling 17 hours later…?
And here is Qantas’ response…
“Safety is always our main priority and we’re committed to working through any concerns constructively” Qantas Spokesperson.
I can imagine we will only see a growth in Ultra Long-Haul flights, considering airplanes are becoming extremely advanced. So it really does beg the question: How far can we push flight times before the wellbeing of cabin crew/pilots are compromised? Can you imagine working for more than 17hours?
Has Qantas taken it too far?
None of the views expressed on this post are my opinion, I am just commentating on allegations that may or may not be true.
The discussion starts here: