Qantas cuts 167 jobs in engineering

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Qantas Airways has cut 167 jobs in its engineering division, as part of a A$2 billion ($1.8 million) cost-cutting programme announced in February.

The 167 employees impacted consists of 73 licensed engineers in line maintenance, 58 engineers in components maintenance and 36 others in support and administration roles in the supply chain.

“The simple fact is as we are retiring our older aircraft, aligning our maintenance systems with Boeing recommendations and implementing process improvements, we need fewer engineering employees,” says Qantas Domestic chief executive Lyell Strambi.

The latest cuts are part of the 5,000 jobs the loss-making Australian flag carrier had said it would be shedding over a three-year period, with back office staff to be most impacted. By end June, the carrier has reduced headcount by 2,200. An additional 1,800 employees are expected to be made redundant over the next year.

“The changes we are making across the whole organisation as part of our transformation are necessary to protect as many jobs as possible and the long-term future of the Qantas Group,” says Strambi.

Qantas reported a A$252 million underlying loss for the first half of its 2014 financial year