BERLIN (Reuters) - Lufthansa’s (LHAG.DE) budget unit Eurowings said on Friday it has reached a deal with pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit that will allow it to hire experienced new crew in Germany at short notice, such as from insolvent Air Berlin.
Eurowings had already reached a similar deal with unions representing cabin crew staff that takes into account applicants’ previous experience.
While Lufthansa is taking on staff as part of a deal to buy Air Berlin units Niki and LGW, it needs around 240 new pilots for a further 24 aircraft. The Air Berlin deal will mainly be used to grow Eurowings.
Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Tom Sims