It doesn’t seem to be a warm welcome to the new CEO of Air France-KLM that hasn’t yet has his last day at the office at the Air Canada (read more here).
Now, KLM pilots are effectively joining Air France ones demanding higher salary and more time between flights or work stoppages could begin in four weeks time.
Here’s an excerpt from the Reuters (access their piece here):
Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, the Dutch pilots union VNV said it would strike unless the airline’s management comes up with improved offers to ease their workload.
The union wants the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM to start hiring new flight personnel as soon as possible, to give pilots more time in between flights. KLM said it is already recruiting new staff, but that it is impossible to meet all the union’s demands.
It has been relatively peaceful at the KLM compared to Air France that had very disruptive strikes earlier this year that lead to previous CEO resigning.
It is clear that the airline needs to have enough pilots for operation of the schedule. Sometimes airline assumes that pilots are always willing to work more than their contractual minimum to avoid hiring more. Not sure of that is the case here.