Friday, April 19, 2013

Croatia crew request “stress and danger” benefits

Staff turn on Dash 8

Croatia Airlines cabin crew are asking for additional payments for all staff working on the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft due to “added stress and danger”. The cabin crew have requested an additional 130 euros per day for all crew working on the aircraft after talks with the airline’s management over a new collective agreement collapsed last week. Both pilots and cabin crew have expressed their anger for having to work on the Bombardier which has experienced several minor safety incidents over the past few years. Technicians have complained that maintaining the aircraft takes much longer than the larger Airbus jets while in 2012 there were a series of problems relating to the aircraft’s forward exit. Last year a Croatia Airlines pilot explained how he bizarrely had to use butter to lubricate the door in order for it to close.

The cabin crew union is also asking to be allocated two passenger seats on each Bombardier for rest time. Croatia Airlines introduced its first Dash 8 aircraft in May 2008. The airline operates a total of six turboprops from the Canadian manufacturer, which has a capacity to seat 76 passengers. The aircraft has been praised by the airline’s management several times as it burns less fuel and has lower operational costs.

Meanwhile, the Union of Croatia Airlines Pilots said yesterday a strike was imminent after the airline’s management refused to back away from plans to cut pay by 20%. In a statement the carrier said, “We simply cannot accept the new conditions set out by pilots and cabin crew as it would harm the airline’s restructuring process which could lead to bankruptcy”. Last night Croatia Airlines managed to sign new collective agreements with its Maintenance and Engineering Union. The airline’s pilots and cabin crew held a 24 hour strike last March.

48 comments:

  1. Plenty planes, plenty pork, plenty brandy.

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    1. Is this When Zagy Croatian version?

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  2. Yes, plenty of wine and beer too to wash down the wonderful food served on board!

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  3. "The airline operates a total of six jets from the Canadian manufacturer" - you mean planes or turboprops?
    Cause they certainly don't look as jets.

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  4. OT: WZZ is starting yet another route from Tuzla today. Keep your eyes open.

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    1. From Gothenburg! :)

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    2. This is great news for Tuzla! The flights are starting June 17th, Fridays and Mondays! Wonderful! :)

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    3. This is great, BNX should get Skavsta and maybe Oslo. I love the way Wizz does it, no big announcements, no fuss, they just put tickets on sale once it is agreed and that's it.

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    4. Maybe cause it costs, to mount a reception in Hyatt.

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    5. Flight from TZL to Malmo will be with operated Belgrade based plane. Basel with Gdansk based, and Gothenburg with Warsaw based plane.

      Well done Tuzla. BNX, OMO & SJJ watch and learn!

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  5. It would be good if some airline like Etihad buy all ex-YU airlines and create a new airline with hubs at ZAG and BEG.

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    1. Why would they need a second hub at Zagreb which is in the economical range of ATR from BEG?

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    2. You are right, why use BEG at all? It would make more sense to have 3 hubs at ZAG, SPU and DBV.

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    3. ridiculous idea, Etihad is welcomed to take over JAT and that's it, I doubt Croatian or Adria Airways need Etohad.

      Lufthansa or Air France are more likely to take over Croatian and Adria if these two bankrupt w.e.

      As to creating hubs, another stupid idea, they have no intention of creating a hub in Belgrade, let alone in Zagreb or Ljubljana, just nonsensical fantasizing and wishful thinking.

      If anything, JAT will become a feeder airline for Etihad and that's that.

      wake up and smell the coffie.

      BTW, regional market i.e Ex-Yugo market no longer exist, there's a Croatian market, most attractive air market in the region and than you have local or regional airport, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Skopje, Pristina, Belgrade and Podgorica.


      Croatian air market consist of Zagreb, main hub, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka and Zadar with around 5.2 million passengers in 2012 and around 5.5 million in 2013.

      Osijek, Braz and Losinj are small regional airports used mainly in summers.

      There are no significant interests for major airlines to come to any ex-Yu markets apart from Croatian air market, and theres little interconnectivity between Croatian and other ex-Yu markets, Croatian airlines flies to Sarajevo, Kosovo and Macedonia, but there's little or no interest to Create Zagreb in to some regionla hub for ex-Yu or a transit point for other European destinations, reason is clear, Eurropan and largelly global markets are dominated by the large players, Lufthansa, BA, Air France/KLM, SAS, Iberia, United...

      Simply put Zagreb and other regional airports can only hope they can attract as many airlines possible and thus offer best choices for their respective markets.










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    4. "ridiculous idea, Etihad is welcomed to take over JAT and that's it, I doubt Croatian or Adria Airways need Etihad."

      You mean, you doubt Etihad needs them?

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    5. Correction to anonymous post -
      Croatian market had 6.0 mil pax (or 5.90 something...) in 2012, not 5.2

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  6. It’s obvious the crew is doing this on purpose because they are unhappy with pay

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  7. C'mon, OU ... This one story is worse than all Jat stories all together with BH Airlines stories!

    Such a shame.

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    1. Croatian news are always the most boring. About B&H you can laugh at least but this must be the most depressing.

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  8. EasyJet's launch flight to Belgrade in doubt. Major strike at Milan airport, cancelling mainly EasyJet and AirOne flights. Scheduled equipment A319 (disappointing, given for how long tickets are on sale, they might as well go down the road of AirOne).

    http://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/Travel-information#ancAbT1

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    1. I don't know what made them think they'll have more success than AirOne to Belgrade or Wizz Air to Rome. BEG-Italy market seems not to be the promised paradise for the low-costs.

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    2. easyjet has a better schedule

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  9. Easyjet's launching flight from Milan is ready to depart, yes many flight have been cancelled, but BEG is going to take off any minute.

    http://www.milanomalpensa2.eu/en/Flight-information/departures?_ptltpl=PG_INFOVOLI_PARTENZE

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  10. TangoSix has just posted a picture of the easyJet's A319 that had just landed in Belgrade.

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  11. Asking for “stress and danger” benefits??? Sometimes, I wonder what do those people smoke? If you think you are underpaid and the employer is not willing to give you more, the solution is simple: go get another job. Those unions are nothing else but a bunch of lazy scams that do nothing else but taking money from the employees and then blackmailing the company's' management with strikes and disobedience. For god's sake no one forces anyone to work for Croatia Airlines or any other company. If you think you can make more money somewhere else go for.

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    1. victims and descendants of victims of communism

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    2. Did someone force you to join Yugoslavia? Or that is what help you to avoid being flattened with the ground by the Russians?

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    3. what do your remarks have to do with anything and whom are they directed to?

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  12. Well said Sam. They should fire everyone. I'm sure there are plenty of other people willing to take their jobs.

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    1. Yes there are 150 trained Airbus pilots willing and ready to go to work right away for 22,000 Kuna per month....

      Right.......

      This is just a part of the contract negotiations media campaign, you ask for everything you can think of and settle for what you have. Management will ask for cuts and will settle for the status quo.

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  13. 120 passengers on the inbound flight and 75 on the outbound flight on easyJet today.

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  14. 75 is not much for Airbus319...
    Demand from the Serbian side is low.
    Probably U2s flights will be prefered by foreigners while Serbs stick to Jat?

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    1. EasyJet will help bring foreigners and tourists from the Milan side, while from the Serbian i don't see any other use to it than connecting further to Barcelona and the rest of Spain.

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  15. So many Serbs were pathetically dismayed at the possibility of poor EasyJet being denied license... They'll get butchered in the same way AirOne and Wizz were to Milan and Rome respectively.

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    1. "Croatian market"...you're pathetic.

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    2. this was a response to someone else's post who already refered to "the Croatian market". whether you think it's pathetic or not - I don't give a damn. It is a market and it's growing.

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  17. OT: Finnair line Helsinki - Ljubljana today with B757! It seems this line is filled more and more!

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  18. A321 are regularly in Zagreb airport, every day several of them. Qatar, Turkish, British, Lufthansa, even Austrian and TAP fly to ZAG with A321. And it is April... what will be in July and August?

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    1. It will be Zagrab will soon be overpassed by Skopje and Sarajevo.

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    2. God that is impressive, my guess is that Qatar will launch direct flights on an A320. British Airways will regularly send their B767-300, Austrian might also send their B767-300 a few times per week while TAP will double the frequencies. Just wait and see.

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    3. Sure, Belgrade from time to time A321 is impresiv, Zagreb regular A321 is nothing.

      And SJJ and SKP will "overpass" ZAG! For sure till end of the year. With some 300% increase for SKP and 500% of SJJ!

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  19. Funny news from Skopje airport page :

    Today MALEV flight departure at 14.00 !

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  20. It shows some Malev flights to Budapest every week:-))) Really funny. I don't know if Swissair and Sabena are also flying secretely:-))) And Pan Am maybe too:-))

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    1. hahahahahaahaha... good one!

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  21. Maybe the Macedonian government pays them even till today subsidies
    for their nonexisting flights...

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  22. I should think jat pilots should be demanding danger momey for flying those classic Boeing 737's!

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