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Flight Center signs historic agreement with Rex as pilots prepare for industrial action – Travel Weekly

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Rex has unveiled a series of new deals with major travel agency groups, including a landmark 10-year deal with Flight Centre.

The airline has signed several agreements with major travel agency groups, including Flight Centre, Helloworld, Webjet, Consolidated Travel and Corporate Travel Management.

In particular, Rex’s historic agreement with Flight Center ensures that the regional carrier will be Flight Center’s partner of choice over the next decade.

The agreements are expected to result in Rex’s annual domestic aircraft revenue doubling in FY23 from its current annualized domestic aircraft revenue with no increase in fleet size.

The revenues of its regional network should also be improved.

“As we continue to grow our network, our travel agency community is critical to this success and we look forward to working closely with them,” said Ann Elliott, Rex’s Chief Sales Officer.

“These new partnerships are a testament to our growing reputation as a safe, reliable and affordable full-service airline with growing support for its passengers.”

The news comes as Rex pilots voted in favor of a protected industrial action from Tuesday.

Over 90% of Rex Saab pilot members of the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) have voted to approve a series of eight legally protected industrial actions which include a number of work bans and, potentially, work stoppages up to four hours each.

The PIA ballot opened on June 15 and closed on June 22, 2022, during which time a total of 230 of the 247 AFAP members (or 93%) who were eligible to participate submitted a vote. on line.

The results show support for the eight forms of industrial action put to a vote, including a ban on refueling and off-duty route/port briefings, allowing pilots to wear non-uniform clothing, bans to work less than 10 hours since their last shift when not at home base and 12 hours when at home base and prohibited from operating aircraft with deferred defects.

Members also voted in favor of 4 hour work stoppages.

AFAP informed Rex that the members would begin acting on the tanking and uniform issues starting tomorrow.

A Rex spokesperson said Weekly trip the airline has mitigation measures in place to ensure its regional services are operating normally and has confirmed that its domestic 737 services will not be affected in any way.

“The union and the company are aligned in our desire not to impact the traveling public, particularly during school holidays when airports are expecting massive delays,” the spokesperson said.

“Rex passengers can expect minor changes in service delivery, for example the uniform worn may not be the standard one.”

Earlier this month, Rex Vice Chairman John Sharp said it was “incredible” that his cohort of pilots had turned down his last salary offerwhich the airline said was “substantially better” than the offer accepted by the union on behalf of QantasLink pilots in 2021.

AFAP said Australian Air Force the agreement would have meant “a reduction in real wages of more than 5%” over four years.

The airline also has expressed concerns on the president of AFAP, Louise Pole, pilot at QantasLink, working for the main competitor of Rex.

Rex pilots have been trying to negotiate a new company agreement since early 2018 (prior to the June 30, 2018 expiration of the 2014 regional express pilots company agreement).


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