Qantas will decide on the future of its engineering and maintenance operation early next year. The airline confirms it is considering a “substantial restructure” of the business following reports that it plans to outsource maintenance on its widebody fleet in a move that could cost 3,000 jobs in Australia. The airline says it is facing two viable options – restructure and relocate the business within Australia; or move significant parts of the business offshore. The first option is only viable if the business can be made globally competitive, says chief executive Geoff Dixon. Qantas has been reviewing its maintenance operation in light of increased competition in the sector. Air New Zealand announced last week that it is also considering outsourcing heavy maintenance on its widebody fleet.

Source: Flight International