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Qantas is Planning Special Research Flights for the 19-Hour Flights Dubbed the “Final Frontier in Aviation”

Qantas has today announced plans to carry out a series of special research flights for its eagerly anticipated Project Sunrise services that it has dubbed the “final frontier in aviation”.  In the next few years, the airline hopes to launch…

Cathay Pacific Reports Growth in Passenger Numbers Despite Protests, Future Looks Less Certain

Hong Kong has been rocked by massive protests for more than 11-weeks now but despite the political crisis gripping the region, its main airline has still witnessed a rise in passenger numbers for the month of July.  Cathay Pacific and…

Saudia Airlines Accused of Complicity in Forced and Summary Deportation of Thousands of Refugees

A prominent human rights organisation has accused of Saudia Airlines of being complicit in the forced and summary deportation of thousands of Ethiopian refugees from Saudi Arabia back to Addis Ababa.  Many of the migrants are said to be held…

The TSA Reports a Case of Snakes (Almost) On a Plane

A 15-inch ring-necked snake was found slithering around a security checkpoint in Newark Liberty Airport on Sunday night according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  A child spotted the abandoned thin black snake which has a distinctive yellow band around…

Now Iberia is Set to be Hit by Ground Staff Strikes in Barcelona and Madrid

The aviation industry has traditionally had a very strong and vocal trade union movement and this year is proving to be no different, especially throughout Europe.  We’ve seen a number of European aviation trade unions either threaten or suggest strike…

Vast Majority of Australian Flight Attendants Abused for Making Simple Safety-Related Requests

This news probably won’t come as much of a surprise to any flight attendant anywhere in the world – the vast majority of flight attendants polled by the Flight Attendant Association of Australia (FAAA) have been verbally abused by passengers…

French Flight Attendants to Protest in Paris on 16th September Over Pension Reform Plans

Pilots and flight attendants from across France are being urged to take part in a mass demonstration in Paris on 16th September to protest against pension reform plans.  The largest French pilots union, as well as six different flight attendant…

Norwegian Gets $246 Million Cash Boost by Selling Stake in Bank

Shares in low-cost long-haul airline Norwegian rebounded this morning after the Oslo-based carrier announced it was selling a near 20 per cent stake in Norwegian Finans Holding (NOFI) which also trades as Norwegian Bank.  The sale will give the struggling…

The One Cabin Crew Recruitment Advert That Probably Won’t Get Much Interest

When it comes to landing a job as a member of cabin crew, demand most definitely outstrips supply.  Delta Air Lines, for example, famously hired less than 1 per cent of the hundreds of thousands of candidates who applied for…

Air Italy Reports Loss of €164 Million in First Year Since Rebranding With Qatari Money

Air Italy reportedly lost just over €164 million in 2018 according to Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera – nearly three times the loss that it reported in the previous year when the Sardinia-based airline was still known as Meridiana.  Since…

Cathay Pacific Investigating Letter Supposedly Written by Airline Staffers Supporting Protests

Cathay Pacific is urgently investigating an open letter supposedly written by a group of the airline’s employees which supports the huge protest movement that has gripped Hong Kong.  The letter criticises the Hong Kong government, warns of Chinese “political suppression”…

Allegation: Lufthansa Trying to Limit Compensation Payout from Germanwings Crash

Lufthansa has been accused of trying to limit the compensation payout to the family members of 2015’s Germanwings crash where all 144 passengers and six crew members were killed when the Airbus A320 slammed into the side of a mountain…

Ryanair Seeks High Court Injunction to Block Next Weeks Pilots Strike in the United Kingdom

Ryanair is allegedly seeking a High Court injunction in a last-ditch bid to block a planned walkout next week by its pilots based in the UK.  Last week, pilots backed by the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) voted in favour…

Strike Averted: Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew Approve New Pay Deal By Closest Of Margins

Cabin crew at Virgin Atlantic have voted in favour of a new pay deal by the narrowest of margins – just 50.2% of votes backed the proposed deal but this simple majority should be enough for the Crawley-based airline to…

Yet Another Victim: Cathay Pacific’s CEO Resigns, Taking Responsibility For Beijing’s Wrath

As one of the most recognisable brands to call Hong Kong it’s home, Cathay Pacific has taken more than its fair share of Beijing’s anger at pro-democracy protests that have rocked the city for over 10-weeks.  As part of China’s…

Plane Carrying American Troops Evacuated at Shannon Airport After Pilots Left a Window Open

A plane full of U.S. military personnel had to be evacuated on the taxiway at Shannon International Airport in Ireland early this morning after a landing gear fire caused by an aborted takeoff.  The reason the pilots decided to reject…

Ryanair Pilots in Ireland Announce August Strike as Airline Claims They’re Demanding a 101% Pay Rise

A pilots union that represents Ryanair’s directly-employed flight crew in Ireland announced yesterday its intention to stage a 48-hour strike in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.  The walkout, which is due to start on 22nd August, has been…

Plane Carrying 226 Passengers and 7 Crew Makes Emergency Landing in Field, No Injuries

The pilots of a Ural Airlines operated Airbus A321 single-aisle aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in a cornfield shortly after takeoff from Moscow’s Zhukovsky Airport (ZIA) earlier today.  All 226 passengers and seven crew members miraculously escaped…

Cathay Pacific Confirms It Has Sacked Two Pilots As It Seeks to Assuage Beijing’s Anger

Cathay Pacific confirmed late on Wednesday that it had sacked two pilots who had been involved in Hong Kong’s anti-ELAB protest movement.  Both pilots had previously been suspended by the airline over their involvement in the protests.  Earlier, Cathay Pacific…

Woman Sues American Airlines, Alleges Flight Attendant Slammed Dog in Toilet Door

A woman is suing American Airlines for more than $75,000 after an April 17 incident in which she claims a flight attendant shouted abuse and called the police on her because she was travelling with an emotional support dog in…

Delta Air Lines Confirms It Will Close Its Tokyo Flight Attendant Base, Redundancies Likely

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has confirmed it will be closing its flight attendant base in Tokyo with the possibility of job losses.  The airline says though that it hopes it can transfer many of the affected staffers to other customer…

Norwegian Pulls the Plug on Low-Cost Transatlantic Flights from Ireland

Norwegian has today announced its intention to pull out of low-cost transatlantic operations between Ireland and the United States from 15th September.  The airline said it had made the decision following a “comprehensive review” of transatlantic operations between the two…

El Al Flight Attendant Who Contracted Measles on Flight From New York Dies in Tel Aviv Hospital

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that an El Al flight attendant who contracted measles on a flight from New York JFK to Tel Aviv in March has lost her battle with the illness and died on Tuesday morning.  The 43-year…

Will Hong Kong International Airport Be Shut Down by Protestors for Second Straight Day?

Hong Kong International Airport reopened early this morning after a mass sit-in by thousands of protesters forced the airport authority to order an unprecedented shutdown.  Around 200 flights were cancelled after officials decided the airport could no longer properly function…

American Airlines Secures Permanent Injunction Against Mechanics Union to Stop Disruption

American Airlines has today secured a permanent injunction against the Transport Workers Union (TWU), which the airline alleges has led an illegal and “concerted slowdown” in an attempt to put pressure on American and gain an upper hand in an…

Engine of Norwegian 787 Fails Shortly After Takeoff: Spews Parts Onto Cars and Houses Over Rome

One of the two engines on a Norwegian airlines operated Boeing 787 Dreamliner failed shortly takeoff from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport sending metal parts spewing out of the engine and over a residential area of the Italian capital.  The plane, with…

Infamous Former jetBlue Flight Attendant Who Quit Job By Popping a Slide Goes Missing in Mexico

The ex-jetBlue flight attendant who made headlines in 2010 when he activated an emergency slide after an argument with a passenger has gone missing in Mexico.  Steven Slater, who was until recently working at SeaWorld in San Diego, reportedly moved…

Ryanair Goes On Offensive As Second Pilots Union Votes in Favour of Strike Action

Ryanair has criticised an Irish pilots union, saying it was “disappointed” that FÓRSA had given notice of industrial action, including a possible strike, and claimed less than 25% of its pilots based in Ireland actually backed a walkout.  On Friday,…

China Imposes Sanctions On Cathay Pacific Pilots and Cabin Crew Involved in Anti-ELAB Movement

A Chinese State-owned newspaper has said Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific “will pay a painful price for its actions and position on the riots in Hong Kong” following weeks of protests in the city over a controversial extradition bill.  The…

British Airways Becomes Latest Airline to Sever Ties with SeaWorld and Other Animal “Attractions”

British Airways has joined a slew of other airlines and holiday companies to sever all ties with the controversial marine attraction SeaWorld.  The airline and more specifically it’s British Airways Holidays subsidiary, has published a new animal welfare policy that…

Emirates Denies Assault Victim Flight Attendant Was “Suspended Without Pay”

Emirates has finally responded to concerns that a flight attendant was suspended without pay after she was allegedly assaulted and sexually harassed by a disruptive passenger on a recent flight from Los Angeles to Dubai.  The airline denied the flight…

The ONLY Flight Attendant On This United Airlines Flight Was Arrested For Being Drunk

The sole flight attendant on a United Express flight from Chicago O’Hare to South Bend in Indiana was arrested by police on suspicion of being intoxicated last week it has emerged.  A witness to the Friday 2nd August incident says…

Ryanair Pilots in the UK Vote to Strike in August and September

UK-based pilots for budget airline Ryanair have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions.  The BALPA pilots union, which is also threatening strike action at British Airways, has announced two sets of strikes –…

Bodyguard Star Deborah Cox Caught Up In South African Airways Emergency Landing

South African Airways (SAA) has apologised after one of its aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing back into Accra International Airport on Sunday evening.  Onboard the aircraft was Grammy-nominated R&B star Deborah Cox who documented the unfolding emergency…

Claims: British Airways Plane Evacuated in Valencia Suffered TWO Other Fume Events in June

Aviation safety campaigners have claimed that the British Airways plane which filled with smoke 10-minutes before landing into Valencia yesterday evening had suffered at least two other ‘fume events’ in June.  During one incident, the First Officer decided to offload…

Hypocritical Airline CEO’s Campaign Against Persian Gulf Competitors and Then Offshore American Jobs

The TWU transport workers union has launched a stinging attack on the chief exec’s of the big three U.S.-based airlines – American, Delta and United Airlines (US3) in a new letter to President Donald Trump.  The union’s president, John Samuelsen…

British Airways Flight Evacuated As Cabin Fills With Smoke in What Appears To Be Another Fume Event

A British Airways operated Airbus A321 with 175 passenger 8 crew had to be evacuated on the runway at Valencia airport this evening after the entire cabin filled with thick black smoke.  Passengers were evacuated onto the tarmac using emergency…

Lufthansa A321 Diverts TWICE When Both Air Conditioning Systems Failed

Passengers on a Lufthansa flight from Dublin to Munich say they were left high and dry when their flight was diverted due to technical problems, not once but twice in the space of a few short hours.  In the end,…

Emirates Passenger Self-Upgrades to First Class, Assaults and Sexually Harasses Flight Attendant

A 31-year old man has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting a long-serving member of Emirates cabin crew on a near 16-hour flight between Los Angeles (LAX) and Dubai (DXB).  The incident is alleged to have taken place back…

Ryanair Threatens Hundreds of Cabin Crew and Pilot Job Losses – Unions Call “Foul Play”

Aviation unions have called “foul play” over a threat from Ryanair to make around 900 pilots and cabin crew redundant, claiming the move is more about intimidating its workforce than a need to slash a surplus of frontline employees.  In…

British Airways Cabin Crew Set to Receive Windfall if Airline Gives in to Pilots Demands

There’s a new twist in the incredibly long-running dispute over pay and conditions for thousands of frontline staff at British Airways.  With pilots now given the green light to proceed with strike action and crunch talks set to continue over…

A Massive Strike at Heathrow Airport Could Cancel Hundreds of Flights Next Week

A dispute between the Unite trade union and Heathrow Airport could result in hundreds of flights being cancelled and at least 88,000 passengers disrupted if a planned strike goes ahead on Monday and Tuesday next week.  The dispute over pay…

British Airways Parent Company Bucks Trend, Reports Huge Profits in Second Quarter

The parent company of British Airways and Spanish flag-carrier Iberia has today reported a profit of €960 million ($1 billion USD) for the second quarter of the year – up €60 million on 2018.  International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), is…

Abu Dhabi’s Massive New Midfield Terminal is Now Set to Open by the End of the Year

A multi-billion dollar construction project on a new airport terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport is finally nearing completion and authorities now claim the Midfield Terminal Complex (or MTC) will open by the end of 2019.  In the last few…

Cathay Pacific Pilot Among 44 Hong Kong Protestors Charged with Rioting

A pilot at Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific is among 44 protestors who have been charged with rioting following a recent demonstration in the city led by the so-called ‘anti-ELAB’ movement.  The protestors, who include a number of students as…

Activists Storm Stage with British Airways CEO to Protest Against Airline’s Deportation Policy

Whether good or bad, British Airways sure knows how to get more than it’s fair share of publicity.  On Friday, the airline was meant to welcome it’s first Airbus A350-1000 to it’s home at Heathrow airport – unfortunately, unseasonably bad…

Ryanair Blames Boeing, Brexit for Possible Cabin Crew and Pilot Job Losses That Could Run into the Hundreds

Michael O’Leary, the Chief Executive of Ryanair has warned staff that job losses for both pilots and cabin crew are highly likely after the airline yesterday reported a combined drop in first qaurter profits of 41% over the last two…

Ten Flight Attendants Taken to Hospital After American Airlines Flight Suffers “Odour” Event

An American Airlines flight to London had to be diverted and 10 of the 12 flight attendants on board were taken to the hospital after an inflight incident that the airline described as a “possible odour” event.  American Airlines flight…

Cabin Crew Robbed at Gun Point in Horrifying Incident Outside Layover Hotel in Buenos Aires

A number of major international airlines are said to be urgently reviewing their security arrangements in Buenos Aires after several members of cabin crew for low-cost long-haul airline Norwegian were robbed at gunpoint outside the airline’s layover hotel in the…

Profits Drop 21% at Ryanair in First Quarter On Back of Rising Costs and Lower Fares

Ryanair has today reported a 21% drop in profits in the first quarter.  Europe’s largest low-cost airline blamed rising costs, as well as lower fares for the dip which it said was in line with a previously announced forecast. A…

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