Qantas is proudly Australia's national airline with the highest standards of aviation and an unsurpassed reputation for safety, quality and service.
So why jeopardise this and risk everything?
The global aviation trend is to 'low cost airlines', which allows airlines to compete on price. But aviation safety and reliability costs and is this 'bus line marketing' strategy undermining the safety and reliability of the entire air passenger industry?
To compromise costs could well cost more than just profit. Aviation is not a bus line. A 747-400 cannot just pull to the side of the road if it breaks down, and 747-400s are getting rather old and palliative.
But Qantas management strategy has over the past decade or so structurally shifted its engineering, maintenance, training from Australia to cheaper labour countries like Singaore. Has safety and reliability been impacted? Who is asking and testing this?
What responsibility or otherwise is CASA taking or will this only happen once a Qantas flight does down and public outcry?
Safety and reliability underpins Qantas and represents the basis for public trust in Qantas by the Australian and international air travelling public alike.