Cyprus Airways is going to split from its charter company, Eurocypria, after 10 years of operating together, reported the Cyprus Mail. The move is expected to end an ongoing dispute between pilots from the two companies.
Eurocypria was created in 1991 as a low-cost charter operation, and its staff has long lobbied for the right to expand independently from the mother airline. Its pilots have led the struggle, in part because they have to share captaincy promotions with Cyprus Airways co-pilots. In future any Cyprus Airways co-pilots who wish to work at Eurocypria will have to apply for the job like anyone else.
At present, Eurocypria leases three Airbus A320s from Cyprus Airways, and these will be returned at the end of 2002, and replaced in 2003 with four leased Boeing 737s. The new airplanes seat 15 more passengers than the A320s. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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