Pilots seeking influence

The pilot unions of one American and three European airlines have announced an alliance that mirrors the transatlantic joint venture agreed by the carriers. 


Meanwhile, in the UK, dissatisfaction with existing pilot representation has led to the launch – today – of a new association called the Professional Pilots Union.


Following a meeting in Rome, the pilot associations of Air France (SNPL), Alitalia (ANPAC), Delta Air Lines (ALPA) and KLM (VNV) formalised the inclusion of the Italian union into the existing “pilot protocol” between the other three unions, arguing that the stability conferred by their companies’ recognition of professional pilot organisations is an important component of commercial success for airlines and alliances in today’s marketplace.


In the UK, the PPU says: “Following significant dissatisfaction with the incumbent pilots’ union, the PPU was launched after a poll of 548 Virgin Atlantic pilots in June 2012 returned a 76% response and an 87.4% vote in favour of the new union and the principles upon which it was to be founded.”

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