Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.
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12 July 2005
Some SWISS Saab 2000 pilots wrote an open letter to the Management Board and Board of Directors on Friday in which they sought to make these bodies aware of the difficult situation the pilots face regarding their future with the company. In their letter the pilots raised the issue of problems regarding cockpit safety. While SWISS takes the statements made in the letter seriously, the safety of its Saab 2000 operations out of Basel is guaranteed at all times.
Following a thorough analysis of various statements made over the weekend, both internally and to the media, SWISS has decided to have experts review the flying ability of those pilots who signed the letter. As a consequence of this decision, 52 of the airline's 72 Saab 2000 pilots have been temporarily suspended from duty with immediate effect. Following a positive assessment of their flying skills, these pilots will be re-integrated into flight operations.
At the same time SWISS is taking disciplinary action against the pilots involved. A delegation from the Management Board will continue to engage in dialogue with these pilots.
SWISS will do its utmost to minimise the impact of this decision on flight operations. Where necessary, customers will be informed as quickly as possible.
SWISS currently operates a fleet of seven Saab 2000 aircraft out of Basel, for which it employs 72 pilots. No Saab 2000 aircraft are used in Zurich or Geneva.