China’s carriers are struggling to hold onto their crews as demand for air travel creates opportunities for pilots worldwide.
Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines, China’s largest carriers, have taken to enforcing lifetime crew contracts.
A Chinese government regulation issued in May of 2006 designed to prevent bidding wars allow airlines to demand compensation for lost staff. Chen Feng, chairman of Grand China Air, said, ‘Everyone should follow the rules. If someone insists on leaving, he should pay the price.’
The situation has drawn attention from the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations, which views the practice as unrelated to reality.
Source: AV Web