State carrier Czech Airlines (ČSA) has been rewarded by a slight improvement in its load factor following a drastic downsizing of aircraft, destinations, and services. In the face of gloomy economic predictions this year, ČSA chief Philippe Moreels can see an upside in that a smaller airline will be an easier, more attractive buy for the strategic investor the troubled Czech airline so desperately needs to land.
Relations between management and pilots at Czech Airlines nosedived (ČSA) on Monday when airline bosses announced the dismissal of 100 “excess” pilots. A similar number of jobs should be created soon at a charter unit to which 11 planes from the main scheduled airline have been transferred. Unions warn the airline is running out of time to find a strategic partner and the latest steps won’t help.