Letter of Support to the Avianca Pilots

September 19, 2017

Via Electronic Mail at Jhernandez@acdac.org

Captain Jaime Hernández Sierra
President of the Columbian Association of Civil Aviators 19a #95-30
Bogotá, Colombia

Dear Captain Sierra:

I am writing on behalf of the 30,000 professional pilots and their associations who make up the Associations of Star Alliance Pilots (ASAP). We are proud to have the Columbian Association of Civil Aviators (ACDAC) as members of ASAP. As you know, the principal purpose of ASAP is to promote and protect the interests of our pilots. We provide a forum to address common issues that affect all alliance pilots and to promote the highest level of safety among all Star Alliance airlines.

Recently, Avianca pilots have spoken with one voice and voted to authorize their union representatives to strike as negotiations have not resulted in a new agreement. An overwhelming 90% of the pilots voted in favor of the strike. This vote shows the deep unity and resolve AVIANCA pilots feel against the direction set by their airline’s management.

A successful strike will require a renewed unity commitment by every AVIANCA pilot. In taking charge of your future and seeking improvements no one can be a spectator or let someone else do the work. I encourage you stand united, now more than ever.

As fellow ASAP pilots, we want you to know we support you, the pilots and co-pilots of ACDAC. Women and men who have always shown, and continue to show your technical, safety and professional values. Our endorsement is accompanied by the recognition of the professional work done daily by the pilots of your country with regards to the passengers, company, government, and other authorities.

We know that a successful negotiation process requires enormous fortitude, discipline and courage. This is especially true when the process becomes challenged by external interests. We extend to you our full support for the course of your struggle for fair working conditions.

Difficult times lay ahead, which, I am confident, will be overcome by the unity, solidarity and resolve that the Avianca pilots have consistently demonstrated.

Fraternally,

Captain Alberto Gaspari

Chairman
ASAP Executive Board

ASAP Executive Board Meeting, Osaka, Japan

Associations of Star Alliance Pilots | Executive Board

NOTICE OF MEETING: ASAP EXBD 17-02

OSAKA, JAPAN (KIX) OCTOBER 24-27, 2017

Dear ASAP Executive Board Members, Delegates and Observers,

On behalf of the ASAP Officers, we have the pleasure of inviting you and your representatives, to attend the ASAP Executive Board Meeting, to be held in Japan from October 24, 2017 through October 27, 2017. The Meeting will be held at the Swissotel Nankai, Osaka.  

The meeting will be hosted by ACA (ANA Crew Association).  Our hosts are preparing an impressive logistical event.  We urge you to not delay on your registration, as space may be limited.  We intend to accommodate everyone interested in attending.

ACTION REQUIRED

Every member in your delegation has to register at Alliancepilot.org.  

If you have not accessed the member login section before, click on www.alliancepilot.org/member-sign-up and join as an ASAP member.

Register for the ASAP EXBD 17-02 Meeting in the members area of alliancepilot.org, which includes two optional add-ons:

Day 2: Kyoto Tour (Fee will be collected during the meeting)

Day 4: Special Guest Speaker Presentation (No fee)

Follow instruction for Hotel room reservations, for Special rate, booking must be made before September 21, 2017

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

Osaka is served by Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Otami Airport (ITM).  Alternatively, flying into Tokyo there is a transfer either by plane or train.  Either from Haneda (HND) to Osaka Otami Airportt (ITM), Haneda to Kansai (KIX), or Narita (NRT) to Itami (ITM).

Taking the Bullet Train from Tokyo to Osaka is a 2.5-hour journey with a cost of approximately 14.000yen.  From Shin Osaka station, you can connect with the local train.

Transfer from KIX airport to the hotel is approximately 45 minutes by public transportation.  ITM airport is a bit closer to the hotel.

AGENDA PLANNING

Please send the Chairman (chair@alliancepilot.org) any requests or ideas for agenda items. A proposed agenda will be provided on or before September 21, 2017.  A final agenda will be published with the meeting documentation 10 days prior to the meeting on the ASAP website (alliancepilot.org). 

ELECTIONS 

Regularly scheduled elections will take place on Thursday, October 27th for ASAP Executive Board Vice-Chairman for a term of 2 (two) years. As per the ASAP bylaws, the intention is to rotate the Officer positions among the Member Associations so if you are interested or would like more information about the positions, please let the current officers know. 

KYOTO TOUR 

Planning is well underway for the social events, including a tour of Kyoto. This tour will take a full day, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday. The day ends at a traditional Japanese restaurant owned by the family of the ACA Chairman, where a cultural dance performance is also planned.

This event will create an excellent occasion to informally exchange ideas, concepts and strategies amongst peers. Please plan accordingly.

PROFESSOR PRESENTATION ASIA AVIATION

Half Day, in depth presentation and analysis of the Asian Commercial Aviation Sector.

HIGHLIGHTS

Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of ASAP!

Detailed information will follow.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

Fraternally,

Al, Jack and Gary

ASAP Executive Board Meeting, Montreal, Canada

We are pleased to announce our next ASAP Executive Board Meeting in Montreal, Canada. This meeting will be in conjunction with the Global Pilots Symposium, and the annual IFALPA Conference. There are two steps to register for these events:

  1. Click the "Register Now" in the member's section of this site to register each individual attendee at ASAP, Montreal

  2. Visit the IFALPA website to register for GPS & IFALPA, and to arrange hotel accommodations: http://conference.ifalpa.org/2017/. Be sure to select your check-in/check-out dates to attend all three events.

  3. Complete the pre-conference survey, to tell us what you'd like to see discussed on our agenda for ASAP Montreal

We look forward to seeing our Star Alliance friends in Canada, and reconnecting with our pilot colleagues from around the world!

Best,

Al, Jack & Gary