PAL forced to Cancel Several Flights
Philippine Airlines (PAL) had to cancel several flight today. The reason was that several pilots quit.
I am surprised they admitted this. Why did several pilots suddenly quit? PAL said they “indiscriminately” resigned. From what I can gleam from news reports, they are under contract and Philippine law requires them to give six months notice. PAL has indicated they plan to file charges against the pilots for failing to do so.
One has to wonder, were there safety concerns that prompted this radical action by the Philippine pilots!
The day before, PAL flight attendants threatened to go on strike due to their position that PAL discriminates on grounds of age. I don’t see or know of any linkage between these two issues. Flight attendants face mandatory retirement at 40 while pilots mandatory retirement is age 60.
Jobs are hard to come by in the Philippines. High paying jobs as a pilot must be a dream come true for most Filipino. To walk away from such a job, is a staggering idea to me. One has to wonder, were there safety concerns that prompted this radical action by the Philippine pilots!
In all, 11 flights were canceled. All flights were serviced by A320 air crafts. The crash in Pakistan involved an A321 which is basically the same plane. All I know is I’m glad I’m not going any where in the next few days and especially going on an A320 series plane. I don’t know anything else I’m jumping to conclusions but the alarm bells are going off loud and clear to me!
Philippine Airlines did not release the number of pilots that resigned. I strongly suspect that information within the industry indicates there is a problem with the A320.
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