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Network Aviation unveils robust contingency plans to secure Western Australians' travel plans.In an unprecedented move to combat the potentially crippling effects of a looming pilot strike, Network Aviation has unveiled a robust blueprint designed to keep Western Australia connected. With a planned strike for Wednesday, 28 February, the aviation stalwart is not just bracing for impact. Still, it proactively ensures that over 80% of its travellers face minimal disruption in their journey plans.

At the heart of Network Aviation’s strategy lies a masterful orchestration of resources, including the redeployment of Qantas Group aircraft and the engagement of alternative charter operators. This intricate contingency plan underscores the company’s unwavering commitment to its passengers, ensuring that the skies remain open and travel continues uninterrupted despite the looming industrial action.

The strike, a concerted effort by the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP), threatens to ground flights operated by Network Aviation. Yet, the resolve of this aviation giant remains unshaken. In a preemptive strike of its own, Network Aviation is reaching out to affected customers, offering fee-free date changes or refunds, thereby cushioning the blow of the anticipated strike action.

But the company’s strategy extends beyond just immediate fixes. With an eye on the long term, Network Aviation has laid down plans to mitigate the impact of continued industrial action. Central to this forward-thinking approach is the company’s pursuit of arbitration through the Fair Work Commission, with hearings slated for mid-March. This move is a testament to Network Aviation’s dedication to finding a fair and sustainable resolution for all parties involved.

The voice of Trevor Worgan, Network Aviation’s Chief Operating Officer, resonates with a blend of frustration and determination. “It’s disheartening to witness the union’s actions disrupt the lives of Western Australians and those working tirelessly in our state’s vital sectors,” he states. Worgan’s message is clear: Network Aviation is pulling out all the stops to ensure that, regardless of the strike, passengers can reach their destinations, whether for personal or professional reasons.

The backdrop to this narrative is a contentious dialogue between Network Aviation and the AFAP. Despite claims to the contrary, Network Aviation maintains that its negotiation door has always been open, with 18 months of active dialogue and multiple offers laid on the table. The bone of contention, however, lies in the disparity of pay between Network Aviation pilots and their counterparts within the Qantas Group—a disparity that the company attributes to the unique operational demands and schedules of its service, especially in supporting Western Australia’s mining industry.

As this high-stakes drama unfolds, Network Aviation’s strategic maneuvers highlight the complexities of industrial relations within the aviation sector and reflect a broader commitment to service continuity, economic stability, and the well-being of its passengers and employees alike. This narrative is far from over, but one thing is clear: Network Aviation is flying into the storm with a plan to emerge on the other side, unscathed and stronger than ever.




Written by: Jill Walsh