February 18 - Cargolux has introduced the European Aviation Safety Agency's (EASA) flight and duty time limitations, which have been adopted by the European Parliament.

Cargolux says that the introduction was a first for an airline in Luxembourg, taking place ahead of the mandatory introduction date.

Besides harmonising flight and duty limitations for pilots across the EU, and creating a level playing field, the EASA brings a series of safety improvements to protect crews against fatigue, said Cargolux.

A more comprehensive set of rules compensates for the sleep disruption resulting from long-distance time zone crossings; while more flights are considered night flights with corresponding shorter duty periods and additional flight and duty limits.

As well as adopting the new rules, Cargolux has also adopted a Fatigue Risk Management (FRMS) scheduling system.