E tū has a new leader at the helm of its Aviation division with the appointment of Marja Lubeck as Director of Aviation, effective today.
Ms Lubeck, a former President of the Flight Attendants Association, takes up the role with the resignation of Kelvin Ellis who is resuming work on his thesis.
Cabin crew say it’s time they were included in Civil Aviation Authority regulations, including rules related to fatigue. While pilots are covered by the regulations, cabin crew are not. Their union, E tū says fatigue is a well-recognised aviation risk and cabin crew should be covered – a view supported by the Pilots Association, as well as global aviation regulators and industry experts.
Flight attendants have voted overwhelmingly to formally merge with E tū, to form the country’s biggest aviation union.
The flight attendants’ union, E tū has condemned a series of laser strikes targeting flights near Auckland and Wellington airports as irresponsible and potentially lethal.
The strikes affected several international flights into Auckland this morning, as well as an Air New Zealand plane heading into Wellington last night.
The flight attendants unions, E tū and FARSA (Flight Attendants and Related Services Association) are backing airline pilots in their fight for changes to the proposed extension of Wellington Airport’s runway in the interest of safety.