Cargolux is to create 100 additional pilot jobs in Luxembourg and has announced a fleet upgrade that will replace two 747-400BCF with three nose-door equipped 747-400Fs.
The pilot job announcement comes as management at the European all-cargo carrier prepares to meet with pilot unions on Monday about signing a new collective work agreement that will lift the threat of further industrial action by air crew.
In a statement, the Luxembourg-based carrier said: “The next meeting with the unions is scheduled to take place on November 30 and Cargolux is confident that, based on the board decision, an agreement can be reached subject to LCGB accepting the job security agreement and a compromise on the very few remaining open items.”
Cargolux will hire an additional 120 staff in 2016 including 100 new pilots in Luxembourg, stating: “With this measure, the company aims to improve the current roster situation as well as the work-life balance among its crews. The introduction of enhanced part-time and stand-by systems for its pilots further supports this goal.”
Cargolux is also replacing two Boeing 747-400BCF with three nose-door equipped Boeing 747-400Fs, and will expand its fleet to 26 freighters until the third quarter of 2016.
The airline added: “The board’s decisions underline Cargolux’s ambition as a truly global player and set the company firmly on a continued path of growth and strength.
“Despite the challenges of a potential industry action by one of its unions, Cargolux is confident that the above investments in flexibility and reliability for its customers as well as work-life balance for our crews will bring sustainable benefits for all stakeholders.”