The addition of a fourth pilot on all Air Canada flights from Hong Kong to Vancouver reverses the airline's "unilateral decision" in April to operate all flights between the cities with a three-pilot crew, according to an internal newsletter of the Air Canada Pilots Association obtained by Postmedia News.
Pilot fatigue has emerged as a pressing safety issue in air travel. Air Canada pilots say the solution lies in Transport Canada updating decades-old flight and duty time regulations to force all airlines to add staff in the cockpit.
However, the group failed to convince Air Canada to add a fourth pilot on the outbound leg of the Vancouver-Hong Kong route as well.
It seems odd that a pilot is only being added in one direction. You would think that having 4 in both directions would make scheduling much simpler. I take it the 4th would have to deadhead to Hong Kong and then rest with the crew and fly back? Would he or she not have to be paid for this in some way? (Not full pay but some compensation)
[Edited 2012-06-22 16:38:33]