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Helvetic Airways Launches Innovative, Flexible, Part-Time Work Model for Cabin Crew
Helvetic Airways is introducing a completely individualized part-time work model for cabin crew, which will allow attendants to largely decide how to structure their duty assignments. The carrier is also providing rooms for employees to rent near Zurich Airport.
On Wednesday (January 25, 2023), Helvetic Airways announced the launch of an innovative new ‘Fly your way’ flexible part-time work model for cabin crew. Under the program, attendants can largely decide for themselves how to structure their duty assignments. The carrier has offered a range of attractive part-time cabin crew options for several years. In addition to a conventional part-time model with fixed duty days each week, Helvetic has offered programs such as ‘Fly&Study’ for students and ‘Ski&Fly’ for seasonal employees such as ski instructors. For 2023, Helvetic is taking a totally new and innovative approach called ‘Fly you way.’ Under the program, an employee can, for example, elect to work 50 percent with one week of work followed by one week off, or adopt the same 50/50 option on a monthly basis, or even six months on and six months off.
In Wednesday’s announcement, Helvetic Airways’ CEO, Tobias Pogorevc, said,
“For our younger and older colleagues alike, being able to design your own working hours is very important today. At Helvetic we’re always open to new ideas. And we’ll be doing our level best to ensure that these innovative new employment models meet today’s working needs – which should once again help us stand out from our competitors. These individually designed terms and conditions of employment can be adjusted at six months’ notice up to twice a year. So our part-time employees can also realign their working arrangements if there are any major changes in other areas of their lives.”
Naturally, with the new working model, Helvetic will continue to make safety, quality and training their top priorities. New cabin crew with flying experience (such as senior cabin attendants) can take advantage of the ‘Fly your way’ model after two or three months, while new cabin crew with no flying experience will be able to switch to part-time working after an initial six-month period.
Additionally, Helvetic Airways is providing numerous rooms for their employees to rent in the Zurich Airport area. Securing suitable accommodations can be quite challenging for new Helvetic Airways team members who are not already based in the Zurich region. With early duty day starts, either in the cockpit or cabin, having local accommodations, a car or good public transportation options is essential. To help alleviate this problem, Helvetic is launching the ‘Helvetic Homeshare’ program to help employees find suitable local accommodations. Under the program, the carrier will be renting apartments in the Zurich Airport region, and then rent individual rooms to personnel. Initially, the program will only be available to new employees, but if successful, may be expanded to existing team members.
Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Helvetic Airways offers a variety of short and medium-haul flights from various Swiss airports to popular domestic and European destinations. The airline uses their fleet of Embraer E190-E2, E195-E2 and E190 aircraft for scheduled, wet-lease and charter flights. Helvetic also operates a fleet Embraer E2 jets on behalf of partner Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) under a long-term wet-lease agreement. The company has over 440 employees and operates its own maintenance hangar at Zurich Airport. Helvetic Airways has worked closely with Horizon Swiss Flight Academy since 2008, which is based in Kloten, Switzerland, to develop aviation talent. Both Helvetic Airways and Horizon Swiss Flight Academy are subsidiaries of the Helvetic Airways Group, which is headquartered in Freienbach, Switzerland.
Source: Helvetic Airways