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Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Says He’s a Climate Change Believer; “I Quite like Extinction Rebellion”

Story Highlights “I quite like Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg,” Sir Tim says Describes himself as a “climate change believer” Admits it took him “too long” to believe in climate change Calls for pollution from aviation to be cleaned up…

Passengers On Qantas Jet Evacuated Via Emergency Slides at Sydney Airport After Cabin Fills With Smoke

Story Highlights Qantas flight returned to Sydney airport with hydraulic systems issue Once on the ground, the plane started to fill with a “thick haze” Qantas says passengers reported “sore eyes and itchy throats” Two passengers were injured during evacuation,…

United Airlines Bans Flight Attendants Wearing Santa Hats and Holiday Aprons in the Run Up to Christmas

Story Highlights United’s flight attendants are not allowed to wear Santa hats and festive antlers Holiday aprons and Christmas jumpers have also been banned They can wear one accessory which is in “good taste” Flight attendant charity sells “conservative” holiday…

Are Aircraft Fume Events Something to be Concerned About? British Airways Responds…

Story Highlights Increasing publicity over so-called “fume events” Campaigners claim these fume events can cause longterm health problems The term ‘aerotoxic syndrome’ has been coined by campaigners Two major studies found no link between fume events and aerotoxic syndrome British…

Two Expat Flight Attendants Working for Saudi Arabian Airlines Seriously Injured in Another Work Bus Crash

Story Highlights Three flight attendants hurt in crash, at least two said to be in critical condition Occurred yesterday on a bus that transports cabin crew to and from the airport Bus collided with a mobile crane, almost ripping off…

Turkish Airlines Could be Banned from Flying to Nigeria After Leaving Passenger Baggage Behind

Story Highlights Turkish Airlines could be banned from flying to Nigeria Airline accused of repeatedly leaving passenger baggage behind In one case, 85% of passenger luggage was abandoned If remedial action isn’t taken the ban will be enforced from 16th…

Fumes Were Reported by Pilots Onboard a British Airways Boeing 777 Five Times in Just Two Months

Story Highlights Five fume events reported on the same Boeing 777 within just two months Pilots reported smelling a cheesy, oily smell in the flight deck Engineers couldn’t replicate the problem so the plane carried on flying The same problem…

What Does it Take to Become a Purser for Virgin Atlantic? Meet Scott Coley, Who Reveals All…

Story Highlights Scott has been a senior cabin crew member for the last four years He’s responsible for everything that happens in the cabin Other cabin crew look for him for direction when things go wrong Responsible for the welfare…

Could a Saudi-Led Blockade on Qatar be About to Fall? Not Just Yet Despite Positive Signs Say Analysts…

Story Highlights A Saudi-led blockade has been imposed on Qatar since June 2017 Qatar refused to comply with Saudi demands to end the blockade Saudi Arabia accuses Qatar of funding terrorist organisations A recent thawing of relations could mean the…

Qantas Chooses Airbus A350 for ‘Project Sunrise’ Ultra-Long-Haul Flights (If it Even Goes Ahead)

Australian flag-carrier Qantas announced on Friday that it had chosen the Airbus A350-1000 as the preferred aircraft for its so-called ‘Project Sunrise’ ultra-long-haul flights that could connect global cities like London, Paris and New York with Sydney and Melbourne.  Qantas…

American Airlines Extends Boeing 737MAX Cancellations Through April 7, 2020

American Airlines announced Thursday afternoon that it would proactively remove all Boeing 737MAX flights from its schedule through April 7, 2020.  American expects the FAA to recertify the MAX around one month before this date, giving the airline time to…

Southwest to Share $125 Million with Employees from Boeing Compensation Payout Connected to 737MAX

The Boeing 737MAX has been grounded since March following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia within the space of less than six months that resulted in the deaths of 346 innocent people.  Yet despite the fact that there’s still…

European Low-Cost Airline Wizz Air Plans to Launch a Subsidiary in Abu Dhabi by Mid 2020

Abu Dhabi will have two low-cost airlines by mid-2020 after European discounter Wizz Air announced on Thursday that it planned to open its first subsidiary outside of Europe.  The announcement from Wizz Air comes just a couple of months after…

Emirates is Redesigning its Iconic Onboard Bar for the Third Time; Will This One Be Fleet Wide?

Sir Tim Clark, the longtime President of Emirates airline has let slip that the Dubai-based carrier is actively working on the third-generation of its iconic onboard bar and lounge, a popular feature amongst Emirates’ premium customers.  While Sir Tim admits…

British Airways Staff Are Being Gifted a Piece of Aviation History That’s Sure to Make Boeing 747 Lovers Very Jealous

Over the last few days, British Airways staff have taken to social media to share details of a very special Christmas gift the airline has been sending them.  Alex Cruz, chief executive of the Heathrow-based airline has told staffers the…

Industrial Turmoil at Australian Low-Cost Airline Jetstar… Pilots Vote to Strike for First Time in Airline’s History

Pilots at the low-cost subsidiary of Qantas have voted to down tools for the first time in the airline’s 15-year history as an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions rumbles on.  Jetstar says it has been forced to proactively cancel…

Nickel and Dime? SAS Takes Delivery of its First Airbus A350, Featuring a Food and Beverage Kiosk

The first of eight brand new Airbus A350-900 aircraft officially entered the fleet of Scandanavian airline SAS yesterday – just over a week after being delivered from the European aircraft manufacturer.  The delivery is part of a huge fleet modernisation…

Controversial Emirates Flight Between Barcelona and Mexico City Takes-Off for the First Time

Following a fraught legal battle, the Dubai-based Emirates airline has today finally launched a controversial service between Barcelona and Mexico City – the inaugural flight is expected to arrive in the Mexican capital at around 4.30pm local time this afternoon. …

The Founder of jetBlue Rumored To Want Out of Stake in TAP Air Portugal; Mulling Sale to Lufthansa

A major stake in TAP Air Portugal could be sold to the likes of Lufthansa, Air France or the owner of British Airways following a series of disappointing results at the Portuguese flag carrier according to local media reports.  The…

Flight Attendant Hopefuls in South Korea Are So Desperate to Get the Job They’re Having Plastic Surgery

In South Korea, a career as a flight attendant is said to be so sought after and the competition so fierce that would-be cabin crew are willing to go under the knife in painful plastic surgery operations to make themselves…

Garuda Indonesia Cabin Crew Union Welcomes Sacking of Airline’s President for Harley Davidson Smuggling Ploy

The Garuda Indonesia cabin crew union has publicly welcomed the sacking of the airline’s President over an extraordinary smuggling case in which it was alleged senior executives at the state-owned company tried to illegally import a Harley Davidson motorbike and…

Romania’s TAROM Airlines Fined €20,000 After Employee Leaks Passenger Details Online

Romania’s official data protection agency has fined state-owned airline TAROM a rather modest €20,000 after an employee managed to access passenger booking systems and then leak personal passenger information onto the internet.  The National Supervisory Authority said TAROM had failed…

American Airlines Blames Dilapidated Catering Facilities for Delays; Promises Investment in Facilities, Not People

It’s no secret that American Airlines has been beset by delays and cancellations of late.  American has pinned much of the blame on its mechanics who took part in a work slowdown and other direct action that saw maintenance-related delays…

South African Government Guarantees $273 Million to Save National Airline But Refuses to Call it a “Bailout”

In a new development, embattled South African Airways (SAA) is to receive a total of 4 billion Rand (USD $273 million) in new financial assistance guaranteed by the government in order to keep the heavily loss-making flag carrier flying.  The…

Did a Southwest Flight Attendant Mistreat a Muslim Passenger Because She Was Wearing a Headscarf?

A prominent journalist for Al Jazeera’s English language international service has called out Southwest Airlines, accusing a flight attendant of mistreating his wife and suggesting (although not explicitly saying) it was down to the fact that she is “brown” and…

Norwegian Bows Out of Argentina With Immediate Effect, Sells 100% of Operation to JetSmart

A little over year after commencing domestic operations in Argentina, the low-cost airline Norwegian has announced it is abandoning the market with immediate effect.  The carrier today announced it had sold 100 per cent of its Argentinian operation to rival…

Emirates Cabin Crew Speak for the First Time About Losing Big in a Sham Investment Scheme

Hundreds of cabin crew at the Dubai-based Emirates may have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in a Ponzi-style investment scam and now some of those crew have spoken about the devastating impact its had on their lives.  The victims…

As Turmoil Continues, Cathay Pacific Offers Staff 2% Pay Rise and HK$30,000 Bonus

As Cathay Pacific continues to suffer from the fallout of violent pro-democracy protests that has seen a huge slump in air travel demand to the territory, the airline has nonetheless agreed to give flight attendants and many other of the…

Ryanair Starts Legal Bid to Stop easyJet Poaching a Senior Executive With Information of “Immense Value”

Lawyers for low-cost behemoth Ryanair have argued in Ireland’s High Court that its chief operations officer should not be allowed to defect to arch-rival easyJet because he holds information of “immense value” that would greatly benefit its competitor to the…

Pakistan International Airlines Orders Cabin Crew to Stop Posting Photos On Social Media

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has allegedly ordered cabin crew to stop posting photos of its planes on social media, alleging that doing so is risking the international reputation of the State-owned carrier.  The memo apparently followed several viral photos that…

Emergency Slide Falls from Delta Air Lines Jet On Approach to Boston into Back Garden

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened an investigation after an emergency evacuation slide fell from a Delta Air Lines aircraft and landed in the back garden of a house in the Massachusetts town of Milton.  Thankfully, no one was…

Norwegian Plans to Launch Flights from Heathrow with a Possible New Route to Orlando, Florida

Low-cost long-haul airline Norwegian could be set to start operating flights from London Heathrow (LHR) with some sources suggesting the airport operator wants the carrier to open up a new route to Orlando, Florida.  The news was revealed in a…

Struggling Hong Kong Airlines Disables In-Flight Entertainment System in What’s Believed to be Desperate Attempt to Save Cash

Hong Kong Airlines has informed passengers via a notice on its website that its onboard in-flight entertainment system will be “out of service” beginning December 1 and until further notice.  The struggling airline has apologised to its passengers, saying it…

Ryanair Planning More Base Closures as New Problem With the 737MAX Emergency Overwing Exit’s Identified

Spanish media sources claim budget carrier Ryanair plans to close even more crew bases across Europe as the airline grapples with the worldwide Boeing 737MAX grounding.  Earlier this year, Ryanair said it would slash planned growth by four per cent…

Qatar Airways Launches New “Entertaining” In-Flight Safety Video Ahead of 2022 Soccer World Cup

With little more than two years until the 2023 FIFA World Cup, the host country’s national airline has released a rather apt new soccer-themed in-flight safety video. The six minute video stars Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr, along with FC Bayern…

Is Emirates’ New ‘Year of Tolerance’ Plane a PR Stunt to Gloss Over the UAE’s “Appalling Human Rights Record”?

Tomorrow, Emirates will attempt to break a world record by flying a specially liveried Airbus A380 across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) filled to the brim with as many nationalities as possible.  The idea came about from the UAE’s ‘Year…

Cabin Crew Shouted ‘Inappropriate’ Commands Like “Brace” and “Crash Position” When Oxygen Masks Dropped, Report Finds

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its final report into a 2017 incident in which the pilots of an Air Asia flight had to make an emergency descent and deploy the passenger oxygen masks.  But while some media…

Air India Will Be Shut Down if New Privatisation Plan Fails; Government to Wipe Debt to Lure Investors

Over a year after an attempt to sell state-owned Air India miserably failed, the Indian government is once again trying to offload the debt-laden national carrier onto a private investor.  And this time, the country’s Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh…

Norwegian Axes Long-Haul Flights From and to Stockholm and Copenhagen in Shock Move

The low-cost, long-haul airline Norwegian is going to become a little less long-haul after the carrier confirmed it will discontinue transatlantic flights from its bases in Copenhagen and Stockholm.  The decision to axe its long-haul routes in both Denmark and…

Abu Dhabi’s New Midfield Airport Terminal is 97% Complete; Opening Date Not Yet Confirmed

The opening of Abu Dhabi’s massive new airport terminal – the Midfield Terminal Complex – has been delayed yet again and won’t open until some point in 2020 on an as yet to be decided date.  Speaking at a recent…

Final Report into Fatal flydubai Crash at Rostov-on-Don Criticises Pilots But Also Raises Possibility of Tiredness

Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee has today released the final report into the fatal crash of flydubai flight FZ981 on 19th March 2016 in Rostov-on-Don.  The accident killed all 62 people on board the Boeing 737, including the two pilots, five…

Captain of Aeroflot Flight Suffered Heart Attack and Died Mid-Flight, Prompting Emergency Landing

The Captain of a domestic Aeroflot flight between Moscow and the city of Anapa in the far south-west of the country had a heart attack on Sunday morning and tragically died mid-flight according to various Russian media reports.  The First…

Delta Air Lines Accused of Welcoming Criticism of Long-Serving Flight Attendants to Justify Termination

Several days ago, Delta Air Lines was celebrating the career of one of its longest-serving but recently retired flight attendants who had previously worked for Pan Am.  But now, the Atlanta-based airline is being accused of trying to get rid…

A British Airways Pilot Could Smell Onion Bhajis Before Nearly Fainting in Yet Another Fume Event On Same Plane

A concerning incident in which both pilots on a British Airways flight between London Gatwick and Paphos in Cyprus were nearly incapacitated has been reported by the Aviation Herald – a service that tracks and records aviation accidents.  The incident,…

Alitalia Poised to Get Another Huge Government Bailout to Keep the Bankrupt Airline Flying

Two insider sources quoted by the Reuter news agency claims the Italian government is poised to sink a further €400 million into Alitalia to keep the bankrupt national flag-carrier afloat.  Since being put into special administration in May 2017, the…

Finnair Cancels Nearly 70% Of Flights On Monday As “Sympathy Strike” Hits Helsinki Airport

Finnair has been forced to cancel at least 257 flights scheduled to depart on Monday after the Finnish aviation labour union was given the go-ahead to hold a 24-hour “sympathy strike” at Helsinki airport.  A further 26 flights were axed…

Strike Averted: British Airways Agrees Pay Deal With Pilots Union to Head Off Christmas Walk-Out

According to a new report in the Financial Times (subscription required), British Airways has managed to strike a new three-year pay deal with pilots that will avert the risk of a Christmas “mega-strike” that could have cost the airline hundreds…

Nearly 1,000 Delta Staffers Have Suffered Reactions to Uniform; Report Clearing Airline Drives Union Support

At least 943 Delta Air Lines employees have allegedly made formal complaints about suffering adverse skin reactions to a designer uniform introduced by the airline last June.  The complaints, whch range from painful itchy rashes, hives, shortness of breath and…

After 60-Years of Flying at Pan Am and Delta, Flight Attendant Cecile Beck Hangs Up Her Ice Tongs for the Last Time

Could Cecile Beck ever have known that her career as a flight attendant would last a whole six decades of her life?  The world was certainly a very different place in 1959 when Cecile was hired as what was known…

Norwegian Chooses New Chief Executive With No Prior Airline Experience

The low-cost long-haul airline Norwegian has today announced a new permanent chief executive with the appointment of Jacob Schram.  He will join the Oslo-based airline on the 1st January 2020 and replaces acting CEO Geir Karlsen, who is also the…

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