A pilot from Wellington, New Zealand, has become the largest pilot of an international airline after a bid for a major contract at the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (NZCA).
He is now the fourth pilot of a major domestic carrier in the New South Wales Pilots Association (NZPPA) and the fifth of a class of pilots who are contracted to fly for a number of airlines in New Zealand.
New Zealand Airways Pilots Union general secretary Peter Stenhouse said the move was a great victory for pilots.
“It was an exciting day and a real privilege to fly with the Pilots in a major airline,” he said.
He said the airline’s offer of a contract to him was based on a number for the next year.
NZ Airways pilots will work as contracted staff in a number.
This will be the first time the Pilot Association has been able to bring two pilots together in a single contract, and NZPPA general secretary Chris Wilson said this was an important milestone.
The Pilots’ Association was in talks with the Government to secure a contract with NZ Airways, which would allow them to keep the Piloting Council’s endorsement and certification processes in place, Wilson said.
NZ Airways pilot Tim Klemmer said the union was hopeful the Government would allow the pilots to continue their work on their own terms.
I am very excited that I can be part of something that is positive for the Pilotians and Kiwi people, he said in a statement.
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