(FocusAsia Media Ltd)

Vancouver International Airport, B. C. Canada

HONG KONG, Apr 10 (FAM) – Cathay Pacific, one of Asia’s premium carriers, has hit out at its pilots for attempting to hurt its business after union chiefs upped the stakes in a long-running industrial dispute.

Local and international union bosses have asked cockpit crews of other airlines around the world not to work with the city’s loss-making flagship airline, which wants to outsource some Boeing 747 cargo pilot training.

In a bid to overcome a union-initiated training ban, the airline has lined up Luxembourg-based Cargolux, a major airline freighter specialist. Cathay Pacific said it would have oversight of any deal to ensure “high standards of training and safety”.