ch aviationHelvetic Airways (2L, Zurich) is currently evaluating its options for a replacement for its ageing fleet of six Fokker 100s, Chief Financial Officer Tobias Pogorevc has exclusively told ch-aviation.
In his interview, Pogorevc denied reports in the Swiss aviation community that five EMB-195s had already been selected, stating that no decision had yet been made. He did, however, note that Embraer (São José dos Campos) was among the carrier's preferred options.
According to the ch-aviation pro database, Helvetic’s Fokker 100 fleet averages 21.5 years and is used on the airline's extensive European network including its wet-lease agreement with Swiss (LX, Zurich).
ch aviationSwiss (LX, Zurich) will terminate an existing Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) signed in 2013 with its Aeropers union in November 2016 following the failure of the latest round of talks. The move is the latest in a series of labour-oriented disputes to rock the Lufthansa Group.
Swiss said in a statement that following the announcement of a new comprehensive CLA agreement with its other pilot union, IPG, in June concerning the introduction of new CS100s and B777-300(ER)s, it had persisted in talks with Aeropers in the hopes of accommodating its members' demands.
Aeropers members rejected the proposed new universal CLA claiming Swiss' decision to operate its B777 fleet under its Swiss European Air Lines (SWU, Zurich) subsidiary, dominated by IPG members, was tantamount to an attack on Aeropers' membership. It added that a similar decision to reduce its A320 fleet would benefit Swiss European Air Lines pilots at the expense of Swiss International crew.
"In view of the irreconcilable differences in standpoints, and also of Aeropers’ repeated announcements that it would take legal action against Swiss, the company saw no option but to serve notice to terminate the present CLA with the association at the end of November 2016," it said.
For its part, Aeropers labelled the decision "surprising" adding that it is further evidence of the airline's German management's plan to undermine the Swiss value of social partnership.
"The dismissal, at this stage, is a further sign of the ignorance of social partnership exhibited by the Executive Board of Swiss. Such behavior serves to promote distrust of management by employees," Rolf Odermatt, President of Aeropers, said.
Swiss has assured affected pilots that the present CLA, and all its provisions, will remain fully in force until the end of November 2016.
Both parties have indicated their willingness to find an agreeable outcome to the dispute.
(ch aviation pagina FB)SWISS will be supplementing its traditional hub concept with a new point-to-point system and expanding its Zurich-based European network through the addition of 22 new destinations. Sixteen of the new points – Naples, Bari, Bilbao, Porto, Toulouse, Leipzig, Dresden, Graz, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Riga, Krakow, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Sofia and Zagreb – will be provided with year-round service, while six of them – Palermo, Brindisi, Malta, Thessaloniki, Izmir and Santiago de Compostela – will be served in the summer months.
... se pare ca ETD deranjeaza tare in Europa ... dupa ce OFAC elvetian a concluzionat saptamina trecuta ca ETD controleaza efectiv DWT, desi nu detine decit 33% din actiuni (prin ETD Regional) - iata ca si LBA german se pregateste sa traga de urechi compania, retragind drepturile la 30 de feedere operate de BER... motivarea ar fi ca drepturile ar fi fost acordate "in neconcordanta cu acordurile de transport aerian in vigoare" ...
atacul la ETD vine din doua "tari LH" ... deci batalia ar putea sa nu fie pentru cerurile europene ... ci pentru rutele foarte profitabile catre golf.
caci "no feed - you bleed"...
... la lucha continua, cum ar zice tovarasii dinozauri cubani...: lupta dintre familia Lufthansa si Etihad, pentru cerul European, devine razboi deschis ... luni, Swiss va anunta lansarea a aproape 30 noi rute ...
razboiul a inceput in jun14 - cind Swiss a anuntat ca va opera Züri-Lugano cu dash8 de la Tyrolean ... renuntind la colaborarea cu Darwin, ce durase mai multi ani - Darwin devenind intre timp Etihad Regional.
au urmat primele atacuri la Etihad: care au fost pe cale dministrativa in Elvetia & Germania (vezi mai sus).
iar acum, intram intr-o faza a luptei care in termeni militari s-ar define drept "power projection"... caci nu cred ca aceste noi rute au fost introduce din ratiuni pur economice - ci mai curind intr-o logica de-a ocupa spatiul si de a incurca Etihad Regional. dovada este faptul ca se ataca ruta traditionala al lui Darwin / Etihad Regional: Geneva-Lugano: 3*/zi (cu dash8 - Tyrolean)... tot atitea zboruri pe zi ca si Darwin... si este clar o ruta care nu suporta 6 zboruri pe zi - care sa mai fie si profitabile...
in principiu, Swiss are resursele sa suporte razboiul asta ... daca:
- nu este atacata pe alte rute;
- pretul carburantului ramine la nivelul actual;
- nu este confruntata cu miscari sociale.
sa vedem care va fi miscarea lui Etihad...