SIXTH "ETIHAD AIRWAYS PARTNER PILOTS" MEETING
PRESS RELEASE OF SWISSALPA, ZURICH, 24 DECEMBER 2016
Etihad Airways Partner Pilots gather in Rome.
On Friday, Dec. 16th the representatives for the Etihad Airways Partner Pilots (EAPP) in Europe convened for the 6th time. The meeting was set in Rome, hosted by the Italian professional pilots’ association ANPAC.
As in the past, all participants enjoyed bringing each other up to speed on what the numerous air-line members of the Etihad equity alliance were going through. The continuous consolidation of the European market and its impact on European network and holiday carriers is in a constant state of change for everyone involved in the industry. And the more different measures are applied throughout Europe, the greater the need for the employees’ representatives to learn from each other to be able to cope with the ever changing challenges.
The announced cooperation of German legacy carrier Lufthansa with the Etihad Airways Partner airberlin on the one hand and the direct cooperation in the form of codeshares from Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt, Munich and beyond are part of a big-scale shift in the German market. The rumors about further developments in that area seem to change on a daily basis. While the tools that are being applied to transform airberlin are not too much different from what is being done at Italy’s Etihad Airways Partner Alitalia in order to make operations profitable.
On another note the fusing together of two tourist airlines (TUIfly of Germany and NIKI of Austria), that come from very different backgrounds, to a new European player on the holiday market brings more challenges than just the rebranding.
The employees on the flight deck, who are the ones responsible for the safe and economical oper-ation of the fleets on a daily basis, should be the first to be properly taken into account. Managers today should by now have realized, that a motivated flight crew is worth ten times more than any cost reduction that could ever be realized in the workforce.
Hence it remains the principal goal of the EAPP to speak on behalf of the alliances’ pilots at large and have a fruitful dialogue with the investors on how to best make use of their most precious as-sets: the motivation of their workforce. This will carry the airlines through hard times of restructur-ing into growth.
The next meeting of the Etihad Airways Partner Pilots is scheduled for March 20th 2017 in Zurich.