The fundamental objectives of the VC are contributing to the welfare and safety of civil aviation as well as ensuring and pursuing the interests of its members regarding technical affairs and industrial affairs.

Among other things, we achieve this by influencing legislation, concluding collective wage agreements, participating in decision-making for the composition of salary terms and other conditions of employment, informing the public about the professional, sociopolitical and economic situation of cockpit crews.

In addition to that more than 130 honorary members are involved with the establishment and provision of extensive professional expertise within the VC in line with various committees, which meet at regular intervals, to ensure the exchange of information and to deal with current topics, e.g. the SafeSKY Initiative.

VC is a member of the European Cockpit Association (ECA) and the International Federation of Airline Pilots (IFALPA).


09. Jun Fourth "Etihad Airways Partner Pilots" Meeting

On 19th May 2016 SwissALPA hosted the "EAPP Meeting" in Zürich. It was attended by the professional associations representing the pilots of Etihad Airways Partner airlines in Europe and the European Cockpit Association (ECA). The main goal of this initiative is to strive for uniform...  Details

01. Feb Etihad Airways Partner Pilots Meeting in Rome

On January 25th the third EAPP meeting was held in Rome, hosted by ANPAC, with the participation of European professional pilots' associations of Etihad Airways Partners.During the meeting several arguments of common interest were discussed with a broad exchange of information about industrial,...  Details

09. Oct Etihad Airways Partner Pilots Meeting

For the second meeting of the Etihad Airways Partner Pilots representatives of the responsible associations met in Vienna on October 6th. The now regular meeting is popular amongst its participants and has a great potential for a highly productive exchange of information.  Details

15. Sep VC’s strike actions and the courts’ interim injunction

At the beginning of September 2015, the board of Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) formally declared negotiations for a new collective labour agreement (CLA) regarding transitional pension schemes to had failed resulting in industrial action. The first strike action on Tuesday, 8th of September 2015 was...  Details

07. Sep VC calls for strike measures at Lufthansa

This morning Vereinigung Cockpit (VC, German ALPA) has called for strike measures on Tuesday, 8th of September 2015 from 08.00lt until 23.59 lt. It will affect all departures with Lufthansa from Germany with Airbus A380, A330 / 340 and Boeing B747. Furthermore, all departures of Lufthansa Cargo from Germany will be affected.

At the end of July, VC made an offer for an alliance for employment and growth. This offer included vast concessions on a variety of issues, worth over 500 mill. €. However, Lufthansa rejected this offer at the beginning of September. During the past weekend Lufthansa submitted a proposal....  Details

07. Sep Lufthansa rejects VC’s offer for cost reduction

At the beginning of September representatives of Vereinigung Cockpit (VC, German ALPA) met with Lufthansa management, including Lufthansa-CEO Carsten Spohr. Subject of this meeting was VC’s offer for an alliance for employment and growth made at the end of July. In this meeting, Lufthansa rejected...  Details

ECA Cockpit News

Monday, 06. June 2016 11:49

'Europeans for Fair Competition' Urges the European Commission to enact the Aviation Package

Luxembourg, 6 June 2016 -- Europeans for Fair Competition (E4FC) is a coalition of concerned Europeans who have unified across EU member nation boundaries and labor-management lines with the goal of establishing a level playing field with countries that subsidise their airlines in violation of European air service agreements, notably the United Arab Emirates and the State of Qatar. read more

Tuesday, 31. May 2016 14:29

Cockpit News April/May 2016

month:  April year:  2016 Mailchimp url: stories:  ECA joining EU Parliament discussion on drones Good bye, jobs! Runway Surface Conditions Assessment & Reporting The end of the 2-persons-in-cockpit rule in sight Track me if you can

Tuesday, 31. May 2016 09:38

The end of the 2-persons-in-cockpit rule in sight

The 2-persons-in-the-cockpit rule, introduced by many European airlines after the Germanwings crash and based on a Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) issued by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), raised a lot of scepticism. This initial doubt about its effectiveness as a “security” measure quickly evolved to a widely shared criticism by pilots and airlines alike. read more


Thursday, 03. December 2015 14:45

IFALPA Monthly Update - December 2015

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Thursday, 03. December 2015 14:41

IFALPA Monthly Update - October 2015

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Thursday, 03. December 2015 14:40

IFALPA Monthly Update - September 2015

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