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Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Flight Attendants on Cathay Pacific Flight to Adelaide

A Canadian man has been remanded in custody after being charged with allegedly sexually assaulting two female flight attendants on a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Adelaide in South Australia.  The 28-year old man, who was flying to…

Ryanair Issues Profit Warning After Being Forced to Slash Fares and More Could Follow

Ryanair has been forced to issue a rare profits warning which has seen €100 million wiped from its expected full-year guidance.  The airline says it now expects to turn a profit of between €1 billion to €1.1 billion which is…

United and Tracy Reese Salvage Uniform Designs After “Disappointing” Initial Reveal

Chicago-based United Airlines has at last publicly revealed the first designs of its eagerly awaited new uniform which covers all work groups from flight attendants, pilots and airport customer service agents to engineers, baggage handlers and even a special Aloha…

Qatar Airways Releases Cringe Worthy “Brand Film” That Relies On Sexist Stereotypes

Over the last few days, Qatar Airways has been hyping up what it called a big announcement it had planned with hints being dropped across the Doha-based airline’s social media channels.  Well, it turns out the big announcement was a…

Austrian Airlines Prepares for a Fight at Its Vienna Hub as Competition Heats Up

Lufthansa owned Austrian Airlines plans to invest €200 million to expand its Airbus fleet of single-aisle A320 family aircraft as part of a strategic turnaround plan that will help the Vienna-based airline better compete with low-cost carriers who have moved…

Norwegian to Cut Routes Across its Network and Close Several Bases in Europe and U.S.

The low-cost airline, Norwegian has announced plans to cut a number of routes across its network as well as closing bases in several cities across Europe and the United States – job redundancies are likely to be suffered.  Norwegian said…

Man Sues American Airlines for $161,000 Alleging Flight Attendant Punched Him in Face Repeatedly

Gregory Lagana of New Jersey has accused an American Airlines flight attendant of “repeatedly” punching him in the face and back during a recent flight from Aruba to Philadelphia and is now suing the airline for $161,000 in damages.  Lagana…

Day 25: Atlanta Airport Warns of 3 Hour Security Delays and Flight Attendants Threaten to Walk Out

A partial shutdown of the U.S. government is now into its 25th day and with no end in sight, there’s now the real concern of a serious threat being posed to aviation safety and security.  The shutdown is already the…

Qatar Airways Won’t Invest in Struggling Jet Airways as its Backed by “Enemy State”

Qatar Airways has been looking to expand its presence in India for years but in typically colourful fashion, the chief executive of the Doha-based airline Akbar Al Baker has told reporters he has no intention of investing in India’s struggling…

The Brexit Express: People Are Booking Tickets for a Flight That Might Not Be Able to Land

As inaugural flights go this one is set to be very different from the usual celebrations you’d expect when an airline launches a new route or perhaps a brand new state-of-the-art aircraft.  Nonetheless, there’s plenty of excitement surrounding a British…

Gulf Air is Hiring Cabin Crew and ‘Sky Chefs’ in the United Kingdom and South Africa

The Bahraini national airline, Gulf Air is holding a number of cabin crew Open Day’s and recruitment events in both the United Kingdom and South Africa over the next few months.  Candidates can either apply via the airline’s official recruitment…

Emirates Will Ground 48 Aircraft for Over a Month Due to Maintenance Work at its Dubai Hub

Dubai-based Emirates said Saturday it would be forced to ground at least 48 aircraft including its flagship superjumbo Airbus A380 for around 45-days in April and May due to major engineering work at Dubai International Airport (DXB).  The airline’s home…

Air Italy Being Used by Qatar Airways to Circumvent EU Wet Leasing Rules?

Air Italy has quickly established itself as the most controversial airline in Europe, reigniting a fierce debate over the role of government subsidies and what some claim is unfair competition on North American routes.  That’s because Air Italy has managed…

Lufthansa Comes Number One in 2018 With Most Passengers Carried by a European Airline

The European airline industry is controlled by three main players – there’s the Lufthansa Group which not only owns the namesake airline but also SWISS, Austrian, Brussels Airlines and the low-cost carrier Eurowings.  Then, there’s the Anglo-Spanish IAG Group that…

Etihad Airways to Axe 50 Pilots By End of January in Major Cost Cutting Drive

In an unprecedented move, Etihad Airways has announced plans to make around 50 pilots redundant by the end of January.  The news was revealed in an internal memo that was leaked by insiders at the airline.  Etihad told staff it…

CONFIRMED: Joon to Close and Flight Attendants to Move to Better Contracts at Air France

In September 2017, Air France officially launched a new airline brand called Joon – it was marketed as the airline for millennials and operated with a hybrid model somewhere between low-cost and full-service.  A little over a year later and…

Pakistan Suspends 16 Pilots and 65 Cabin Crew Over “Fake” Degrees Fiasco

Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has suspended the licences of 16 pilots and 65 cabin crew after they were found to have fake university degrees.  The affected flight crew work for a number of airlines in the country including Pakistan…

Etihad Holding Cabin Crew Recruitment Events in London, Manchester and Dublin in January 2019

As we revealed in October, Etihad Airways has finally reopened cabin crew recruitment after a hiatus of over a year.  So far the hiring process has been anything but fast although that is set to change with a slew of…

Hong Kong Airlines Denies “Contingency Plans” Are in Place Should it Fail Over Chinese New Year

A new day and a new denial from Hong Kong Airlines.  This time, the allegedly troubled airline has been forced to deny a report that aviation authorities in Hong Kong have put in place contingency plans should the airline go…

Ryanair is NOT Allowed to Fire Dutch Pilots and Cabin Crew Who Refused to Move Bases

Dutch authorities have stepped in to prevent Ryanair from firing a group of pilots and cabin crew who refused to move to another work location outside of the Netherlands following the airline’s decision to close its Eindhoven base.  Ryanair said…

Over Half of American Flight Attendants Think They Should Be Able to Accept Tips

In a completely unscientific poll of American flight attendants, the majority said they would like the option to be able to accept tips from passengers – although some say it calls into question their role as safety professionals. It follows…

Norwegian Makes Losses On Fuel Hedging, Carries Record Passenger Numbers

The Scandinavian low-cost airline, Norwegian says it has made an unspecified and as yet “unrealised” loss as the result of a fuel hedging strategy it put in place during 2018.  Fuel hedging, whereby airlines buy aviation fuel at a guaranteed…

Emirates Accused of Hypocrisy After Censoring Lesbian Kissing Scene During ‘Year of Tolerance’

Is Emirates deliberately censoring scenes in films and TV programmes featuring homosexual couples while allowing similar uncut scenes of hetrosexual couples?  That’s the allegation that’s been levelled against the Dubai-based airline by London’s The Standard newspaper in a recent comment…

Hong Kong Airlines Threatens to Sue Over Rumours its About to Go Bust

Hong Kong Airlines issued an extraordinary press release on Saturday threatening to sue anyone who spreads rumours about the carrier going bankrupt.  The statement follows weeks of speculation about the fate of the airline and its parent company, the privately…

Is American Airlines Including Customer Complaints in New Points-Based Performance Program?

Since October, American Airlines has been running a controversial ‘Flight Attendant Attendance and Performance Program‘ that one staff association says has “disrespected” its members and ushered in a new low in the relationship between management and flight attendants.  The program…

Norwegian Becomes First Airline to Offer Free WiFi Across the Atlantic

The analysts were wrong… It’s the New Year and the low-cost airline Norwegian hasn’t gone bust – despite some nasty rumours at the end of last year that suggested the carrier was close to defaulting on its huge debt pile. …

This is The Safest Airline in the World… Again

Australian flag carrier Qantas has once again been named as the world’s safest airline by industry publication AirlineRatings.com.  Qantas has consistently claimed pole position in the prestigious ranking of the world’s safest (and least safe) airlines.  The Sydney-based carrier has…

Here We Go Again: PIA Demands Flight Attendants Lose Weight or Be Grounded

Here we go again… yet another airline is demanding its flight attendants lose weight or face being grounded and maybe even dismissed.  On this occasion, it’s the national carrier of Pakistan which is making headlines over its demand that long-haul…

Lufthansa Will Hire 5,000 New Staff This Year – 1,300 of Which Will Be Flight Attendants

New Year, New Job?  Lufthansa is going on a hiring spree in 2019, with plans to hire at least 5,000 new employees, including 1,300 flight attendants across the European aviation giant’s group of airlines.  The majority of positions will be…

British Airways Cabin Crew Wishes The World a Happy New Year in Over 45 Languages

What does good service mean to you?  Well, no matter where in the world you’re from, good service is the same in every language according to Karen Slinger, the head of Cabin Crew at British Airways.  But while good service…

British Airways Won’t Get a New Uniform in Time For its Centenary

The New Year is set to be an exciting one for British Airways – the airline’s chief executive, Alex Cruz has laid out grand plans for the Heathrow-based carrier as it celebrates its 100th birthday.  There are plenty of celebrations…

Awwwww: Emirates Cabin Crew Member Say’s “Yes” to In-Flight Proposal

If this doesn’t warm your heart then we don’t know what will!  On a recent flight between Rome and Dubai, one member of Emirates cabin crew going by the name of Vittoria had a very big surprise in time for…

Scandal Hit Japan Airlines Reportedly Asks Employees to Go Dry for Rest of 2018

Japan Airlines has allegedly ordered its entire workforce of 32,000 employees to forego alcohol until at least the New Year after several embarrassing incidents which have raised concerns about an endemic drink culture at the airline.   In the last…

The Irritating Lawsuit American Airlines Tried to Have Thrown Out… And Failed

You may well have seen that American Airlines is currently field testing a new uniform – barely two years after a worldwide rollout of the airline’s current uniform that left as many as 7,000 employees suffering adverse medical reactions to…

European Airlines Take Swipe at Ryanair and Gulf Carriers Over Employee Rights

Thought you’d heard the last of airlines trying to “level the playing field” with competitors who they accuse of benefiting from unfair subsidies?  Think again.  We’ve already seen the CEO’s of the big three U.S. airlines call out Qatar Airways…

Norwegian Forced to Issue Statement in Attempt to End Speculation Over Imminent Collapse

Whether unfounded or not, speculation over the imminent collapse of long-haul discounter Norwegian could prove its undoing if potential passengers suddenly get shy with spending their hard earned cash on tickets that may never be fulfilled.  A few days ago,…

Uh Oh: Emirates Cabin Crew Have Been Buying Better Rosters and Now the Company Has Found Out

One of the great things about the working lives of cabin crew is that not one month is the same.  Typically, cabin crew find out their rosters for the next month with only a couple of weeks notice – that…

Only 1% of Cabin Crew at Japenese Airlines are Men: Change is Coming Slowly

It may come as no surprise that male cabin crew working at Japenese airlines are somewhat of a rarity but new research by the Japan Times English language newspaper reveals that men make up just 1% of the entire cabin…

Emirates is Getting Well and Truly in the Festive Mood – Including Santa Hats and Reindeer Antlers

Christmas is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing (apart from spending too much money and overindulging on festive treats) – Tis’ the season to dress up in ugly Christmas jumpers, ridiculous Santa hats and cutesy reindeer antlers. …

Saudi Airline Flyadeal Abandons Airbus in Deal with Arch-Rival Boeing

Saudi Arabian airline Flyadeal has today announced a deal worth as much as $5.9 billion USD with American aerospace giant Boeing for up to 50 of its next-generation 737MAX narrowbody aircraft.  The low-cost airline, which is a subsidiary of State-owned…

The Air Italy Row is Heating Up: Delta CEO Says “Qatar is Back to Their Old Tricks”

Ed Bastian, the chief exec of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines doesn’t appear to be feeling too much Christmas cheer right now.  Instead, the longtime aviation executive is speaking out against Air Italy – a little known Italian airline that has…

Spoof Tube Ads Urge Direct Action Against Airlines That Allow Deportations On Their Flights

An activist group plastered guerrilla ads across London’s Tube network on Tuesday calling on airline passengers to stop forced deportations with a simple three-step guide to taking direct action.  The ads included the British Airways logo in an apparent dig…

Air Italy Announces Yet Another New North American Destination: Where to Next?

At this point, it’s becoming a little difficult to see Air Italy as little more than a Milan-based front for Qatar Airways to continue its North American expansion.  Just a day after announcing it would start flying to Toronto, Air…

Exclusive: This WILL Be the Brand New British Airways New Club World Business Class Seat

No, the main picture above is not the new Club World seat and nor will the latest iteration of British Airways’ business class seat be based on the B/E Aerospace-produced product that debuted in its current form back in 2006. …

Michael O’Leary “Fuelling the Industrial Unrest in Ryanair” According to Leading Pilots Union

The combative chief executive of Ryanair, 57-year old Michael O’Leary has once again angered unions with inflammatory comments that were reported in Saturday’s edition of London’s The Times newspaper.  The article in question was examining Ryanair’s responsibility to pay out…

Financial Headache: Etihad Airways is Being Sued for up to €2 Billion Over Failure of Air Berlin

As if the Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Group didn’t already have enough on its plate, the debt-laden airline is now facing a legal action by the administrators of the bankrupt German carrier, Air Berlin.  Newly filed court documents in the…

Will Emirates Continue Hiring Cabin Crew in 2019?

It’s been nearly an entire year since Emirates reopened recruitment for new cabin crew and since that time the airline has held hundreds of Open Day’s around the world.  Emirates even trialled a brand new but short-lived recruitment process and…

United’s Flight Attendants Turn Out in Force to Protest “Race to the Bottom” Cost Cutting Measures

United’s flight attendants took to airport concourses around the world yesterday with a simple message – they work for an airline, not a hedge fund.  Waving bright yellow placards that read “Staffing cuts affect safety and service” and “Fewer jobs,…

Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Win Significant Concessions On Pay and Conditions

It’s no secret that Cathay Pacific has been struggling financially for the past few years… The Hong Kong-based airline has been fighting off intense competition from Middle East carriers as well as a new wave of regional low-cost competitors and…

Virgin Atlantic’s Cabin Crew to Swap Designer Threads for Ugly Christmas Jumpers

I’m not quite sure how happy the iconic British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood will be with Virgin Atlantic swapping out her cabin crew uniform for ugly Christmas sweaters but luckily it’s all for a very good cause. In celebration of…