Air NZ to axe 180 engineer jobs - union

AIR New Zealand will axe 180 engineering jobs when it closes a maintenance facility in Auckland, according to the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.

The proposed closure of the wide body aircraft heavy maintenance site is the result of the loss of third party engineering work, the retirement of Air New Zealand's 767 fleet and the airline's inability to attract replacement work due to the high New Zealand dollar, the union said.

The news follows recent job losses at the Christchurch Engine Centre, Safe Air and Air New Zealand Technical Operations.

EPMU assistant director of organising Strachan Crang says the union would work with the airline to try to keep jobs in New Zealand.

"The confirmation of job losses is devastating for our members and we will be doing everything we can to protect jobs.

"This announcement comes as Air New Zealand is proposing to outsource the upgrade of its Boeing 777-200 fleet. The EPMU wants this work done in New Zealand and we are committed to working with the airline to keep our members employed."