Cobham Aviation Services says it expects to suffer some job losses from Qantas’s decision to bring the heavy maintenance of its Boeing 717 fleet in-house.
Qantas said on Friday it was establishing a heavy maintenance base for its 18 717s in Canberra, which was due to open in October.
That work is currently done by Cobham in Adelaide. The company also refurbished five Qantas 717s with a new business class cabin and conducts line maintenance on the aircraft at various ports around Australia.
In a statement, Cobham said it expected to make a “small number of staff redundant” in Adelaide as a result of losing the heavy maintenance work, without specifying the number of jobs that would be lost.
However, the company stressed there was no change to Cobham’s existing contract for other work with Qantas, which in addition to line maintenance also included operating the aircraft on behalf of Qantas and supplying flightcrew and cabin crew. The company has worked with Qantas for about 20 years.
“This decision does not impact the broader contract held by Cobham to operate and support the Qantaslink fleet of Boeing 717 aircraft,” Cobham Aviation Services president Peter Nottage said in a statement.
“We are working with our staff to offer them support and to place as many as possible into positions elsewhere within the company.”