Lufthansa Pilots To Have Pay Cut By 45% For 2 Years

This week, Lufthansa’s pilots offered to sacrifice up to 45 percent of their salaries over the next two…

Lufthansa Pilots To Have Pay Cut By 45% For 2 Years

This week, Lufthansa’s pilots offered to sacrifice up to 45 percent of their salaries over the next two years. In return, the staff members are seeking the securement of their positions as the carrier fights for survival during the global health crisis.

With most of Lufthansa’s aircraft remaining on the ground this summer, pilots are offering to waive nearly half their salary to counter the losses. Photo: Lufthansa

Damage limitation

The whole of the group’s passenger operations have been rocked by travel restrictions, forcing flight suspensions and aircraft groundings. An agreement between the pilots’ union and management was made in March to help reduce crew costs by 50 percent in the short-term. However, new long-term measures may also be needed.

Lufthansa’s executive board spoke trade union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) during a summit that was held on Thursday. According to the union’s website, VC president Markus Wahl highlighted the willingness of the pilots to support the needed cost-cutting measures that could be in place.

He said that the pilots of Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Aviation Training, and Germanwings are committed to their responsibility. Therefore, the union has offered the board a significant reduction in wage costs until June 30th, 2022.

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All of Lufthansa’s subsidiaries have had their operations impacted due to the downturn in activity. Photo: Getty Images

Working together

This understanding of Lufthansa’s crew dates back nearly three decades. Back in 1992, the airline’s pilots were part of similar cost-cutting measures to save the company from going bust. In a bid to help save more money, shareholders will also not receive dividends despite the business having a fruitful 2019.

Wahl states that as top-level employees, they will commit to this special responsibility, in good times and in bad, even if this means painful cuts. Ultimately, he hopes that the pilots and management can collaborate to bring the firm back to its former self. Nonetheless, he emphasizes that it is essential that the jobs are preserved, and protection against dismissal is agreed upon.

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Before the global aviation crisis, Lufthansa’s pilots had been going on strikes in recent years. Photo: Getty Images

It all adds up

Altogether, these concessions add up to around €350 million (US$388 million). Lufthansa is losing a whopping €1 million an hour (US$1.1 million). Therefore, the pilots would make a valuable contribution to the survival of the company with their efforts. With crew members relying on the durability of carriers to maintain their jobs, unions understand the cuts that may be needed to ensure operations stay alive.

Furthermore, subsidiary Austrian Airlines has reportedly recently requested €767 million ($834 million) in state aid from the government of Austria. In return, the state may be seeking a stake in the parent company. This move could also shake up operations over the next few years.

Simple Flying reached out to Lufthansa for comment on the pay cuts but did not hear back before publication. We will update the article with any further announcements.

What are your thoughts on these salary changes? Are you affected by any airline cuts this year? Let us know what you think of the situation in the comment section.

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Qatar Airways Boeing 777 Suffers Bird Strike In Tunis

A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300 suffered a bird strike while landing in Tunis, Tunisia in April. The aircraft…

Qatar Airways Boeing 777 Suffers Bird Strike In Tunis

A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300 suffered a bird strike while landing in Tunis, Tunisia in April. The aircraft registration number A7-BAP was performing flight number QR-3273 from Doha to Tunis when on landing, the flight crew observed a bird hitting the aircraft.

Qatar Airways flight number QR-3273 hit a seagull when landing in Tunis. Photo: Getty Images

According to the aviation website The Aviation Herald, the incident occurred on April 21 when the nearly nine-year-old jet was landing on runway 29. The aircraft successfully landed and performed a role out as the captain informed Tunis tower that they had struck a bird shortly before touching down. According to reports, the carcass of a seagull was later found and removed from the runway.

Following the incident, the Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300 remained on the ground in Tunis for 28 hours before repatriating 243 passengers back to Doha.

What is a bird strike?

A bird strike is the term used when a bird or bat collides with an aircraft during flight. Bird strikes are a significant aviation hazard, and while they have been responsible for scary incidents like US Airways Flight 1549 having to land on the Hudson River, they are by and large relatively rare. That said, there is still over 13,000 bird strikes a year reported in the United States. While not necessarily doing much damage to the aircraft, a bird strike is almost always fatal to the animal.

Canada geese are the biggest threat

Of the birds that pose the highest risk to aircraft, the Canada goose is top of the list and is responsible for around 240 collisions with aircraft each year. Weighing as much as 8 kg (18 lb), the Canada goose can cause significant damage to windscreens and aircraft engines.

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Canada geese can weigh up to 18 pounds. Photo: Getty Images

Annual damage to aircraft due to bird strikes is estimated to be around $400 million in the United States and as much as $1.2 billion globally.

Not surprisingly, 90% of all bird strikes occur in the vicinity of airports and happen when aircraft are either taking off or landing.

How do airports try and prevent bird strikes?

The most tried and popular way airports try and control birds is by using propane-fueled air cannons to scare the birds away. Another thing airports do to deter birds is to alter the landscape so as not to be bird-friendly. Airports achieve this by filling in ponds and replacing grassy areas with gravel.

Airports are trying all kinds of ways to deter birds. Photo: USDA via Flickr

Some airports where birds have become a big problem like Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) have used pigs to eat seagull eggs in an attempt to reduce the number of birds. Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers has deployed a Border Collie to chase away birds while some airports like New York JFK use falcons to frighten other birds away. Airports are even planting different types of grass that Canada geese don’t like to eat to keep them away from the runways. 

No matter what airports do to try and keep birds away, they will always pose a threat to aircraft and are something pilots must try and avoid.

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