An unsuccessful bid for free breakfasts has left pilots footing Air New Zealand's $15,000 legal bill.
The Air Line Pilots' Association appeared before the Employment Court at the start of this year in the hope of winning back breakfasts for pilots.
Air New Zealand argued that the collective agreement pilots signed in 1999 did not require the airline to pay for breakfast if the flight was under 11 hours, and the pilot was departing from a home base.
Judge Christina Inglis accepted Air New Zealand's interpretation of the contract.
Air Line Pilots' Association industrial director Tim Robinson said it was disappointing.
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