Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J “Australians want Qantas not Qantasia”, according to the Australian and International Pilots’ Association’s (AIPA) president in response to the carrier’s “tactic admission” that it is moving its operations offshore.Mr Barry Jackson said despite the airline’s tough situation “aiming to base much of the airline in Asia” would not benefit the public or the carrier’s pilots. “Pilots accept that Qantas is facing a tricky point in its history, but packing up and moving to Asia is not the only option,” Mr Jackson said in an online statement.“If Alan Joyce and his execs sit down with pilots and other workers, there are any number of ways to achieve productivity gains without scrapping Qantas’s 90 year history and shifting overseas.“This is not the right time to be stripping our national airline back and selling the carcass off to Asia.”e-Travel Blackboard is awaiting comment from Qantas. In other news, Qantas launched its four times weekly service from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth airport yesterday. Tying in with the carrier’s code share partnership with American Airlines, the new route will offer business and leisure travellers access to 54 other destinations in the US including Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Washington, Toronto, Vancouver, Cancun and Mexico City.“This new service takes Qantas customers into the heart of the United States, with a wide range of options for onward travel,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said. “Dallas and Fort Worth are attractive destinations in their own right, combining rapid economic growth with Texas’ rich heritage.”The new route could also open up tourism into Australia, Mr Joyce added “particularly in Queensland and NSW”.