Hardened fronts in the pilot dispute
Vranckx must act
Dieter Vranckx is not to be envied: Corona crisis, restructuring – impending pilots’ strike. A grounding during the holiday season would be devastating, says Sunday Blick reporter Sven Zaugg.
«Swiss boss Dieter Vranckx remains one option: to take the reins into his own hands again. For the employees – and customers,” says Sunday Blick reporter Sven Zaugg.
Sven ZauggEditor Sunday view
Why complain when Swiss only received two awards in September? In the airline ranking of over 350 airlines by the Skytrax market research institute, the Lufthansa subsidiary took first two places in the categories World’s Best First Class Lounge and World’s Best First Class Lounge Dining. For the premium customers, the Swiss is still premium, they are lucky.
In the economy class, on the other hand, the Swiss landed in the ordinary mediocrity. Everything has a price tag, in the tightly seated lower segment it is even particularly expensive compared to the competition. This is nowhere near the premium standard.
The employment conditions are anything but premium – especially for ground and cabin staff. Those who cannot find employees should question their recruitment efforts. The impending pilots’ strike is added to this.
Swiss boss Dieter Vranckx is not to be envied: Corona crisis, restructuring – in Kloten even the keyword “management crisis” is making the rounds. According to well-informed sources, the management is anything but united. Apparently CFO Markus Binkert did not get over the fact that in 2021 the Belgian-Swiss dual citizen Vranckx was crowned Swiss boss, not him.
Oliver Buchhofer, who manages flight operations and therefore also conducted the negotiations with the pilots, would probably rather please the Frankfurt Lufthansa headquarters around Carsten Spohr with his tough stance in the contract negotiations than be part of a quick solution.
Vranckx remains one option: to take the reins back into his own hands. For the employees – and customers.