FOURTH "ETIHAD AIRWAYS PARTNER PILOTS" MEETING
PRESS RELEASE OF SWISSALPA, ZURICH, 08 June 2016
On 19th May 2016 SwissALPA hosted the "EAPP Meeting" in Zurich. It was attended by the professional associations representing the pilots of Etihad Airways Partner airlines in Europe and the European Cockpit Association (ECA). The main goal of this initiative is to strive for uniform working conditions and to protect the jobs and career prospects within the Etihad Aviation Group.
During the day the discussions focussed on industrial issues as well as the recent developments concerning Etihad's equity stakes in European airlines. Although the meeting has only been the fourth occasion so far the initiative has already proven to be a very valuable interaction between the professional associations involved. It was agreed to intensify the collaboration, with an important area identified on the technical side. A prominent example thereof is the future introduction of a groupwide training process through the Etihad Aviation Group. In addition regulatory issues, like the recent introduction of EASA flight time limitations in Europe, will be covered.
The next meeting is scheduled for 13th September 2016 in Brussels. All associations being part of the initiative welcome the participation of Etihad representatives to start a dialogue between management and the European pilots' workforce of the Etihad Aviation Group.