Inflight Qantas words a turn-off

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/inflight-qantas-words-a-turn-off/story-e6frfq80-1226156708087

    AN industrial campaign by Qantas pilots to win over the public by making inflight announcements is in fact just annoying regular passengers.

    A phone survey of 300 Gold and Platinum Frequent Flyer members undertaken by Acuity Research & Insights during the campaign reveals six out of 10 think the union announcements should not be allowed.

    This compared to just three out of 10 who believed they should and one in 10 who said they weren't sure.

    Qantas staff are engaged in a co-ordinated war with the company over plans to send jobs offshore, pay rates and travel perks, with action ranging from all-out strikes to quirky protests such as engineers only working left-handed, pilots refusing to wear a hat and the unauthorised announcements.

    Read More: http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/inflight-qantas-words-a-turn-off/story-e6frfq80-1226156708087
     
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  2. milchap
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    Why is Qantas putting up with this nonsense?
    Muzzle them.....the pilots are out of line !!!!!!
     
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    Simple, let the unions continue to shoot themselves in the foot, getting passengers offside, losing public support for their cause, and eventually making these idiot unions come to the table after they've done their brand and image maximum damage.

    The bonus is QF doesn't have to cop any bad press by intervening and telling the pilots to shut it.

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    Many flyers probably support Union Pilots and the desire not to have the jobs offshored. However, the pilots complaining on the plane pushes the wrong buttons.

    When the people are on your side (as most probably are) you don't annoy them. That is the way to lose support.
     
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    I would imagine that a large portion of the travelling public see the pilots as having so much more than they ever will that it peeves them into disliking them even more.
     
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    Just what they need, a bunch of contract/mercenary pilots. I'm sure the quality of pilots (and other staff) hired as "temps" will top notch.....(please note the sarcasm).......
     
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    Maybe. The folks interviewed were all elite status customers so they are more likely to be in management/white-collar positions than blue-collar/union positions. That quite likely skews the results in this case.
     
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    These wrong button pushing pilots, were they from ANA? :)
     
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    The simple fact is that people on airplanes hate to hear announcements unless they are:
    a) mandatory
    b) will save their lives or
    c) will actually improve the flying experience (e.g. funny comments by FA or Pilot)

    People are already tired, sweaty, uncomfortable and cranky enough without having to hear about someone else's negativity and problems.

    I can personally see hundreds of Steve Buscemi clones sitting on an airplane playing the world's smallest violin just for the pilots. (Props to you if you know the reference)
     
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  10. Globaliser
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    I notice the article doesn't say by whom the "research" was commissioned, nor how the "respondents" were selected. Not all surveys are random or independent, and not all response statistics are reliable indicators of the general views amongst the cohort allegedly being represented. Is there any chance, do we think, that this is some form of put-up job by Qantas?

    Personally, I thought that the announcements were unnecessary but unobtrusive. Anyone who was screaming at cabin crew because of the announcement or storming off the aircraft has already got serious personal issues quite unrelated to this campaign.
     
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    Agree with Globaliser. Very suspicious of 'research' like this.

    For the record, I support the pilots.
     

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