October 27, 2017 / 2:50 PM / a year ago

Eurowings wins pilot union backing to speed up hiring

BERLIN, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Lufthansa’s 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)

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