Swiss Avro RJ100 lease to Austrian nixed


Swiss has dropped a plan to provide an Avro RJ100 to help Austrian Airlines, a sister airline within the Lufthansa Group, cover for a shortage of flight crews. Austrian recently transferred all of its flying to its subsidiary Tyrolean Airways. However, many of Austrian’s pilots have balked at the transfer, which would entail a significant drop in pay. Swiss was to have operated one of its RJ100s on routes from Vienna to Zürich and Varna during July and August. However, Swiss pilot union Aeropers invoked a clause in its contract stating that they would not fly for other airlines if the capacity shortage resulted from industrial action, as in this case. It was arranged for a Contact Air Fokker 100 to cover the routes that Swiss would have flown.

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