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Back to the Drawing Board as Virgin Atlantic Tries to Negotiate New Pay Deal for Cabin Crew

Virgin Atlantic and the Unite Union which represents cabin crew have had to go back to the drawing board in negotiating a new pay deal after the original proposal was furiously rejected by many union members.  It’s believed that the…

Cathay Pacific Will Allow Flight Attendants to Wear Face Masks Amidst Measles Outbreak

Cathay Pacific has told flight attendants that they can choose to wear face masks to protect themselves against the spread of measles as cases of the highly contagious virus spike to a five-year high at the airline’s hub in Hong…

Pilots and Cabin Crew in the UK are Taking Legal Action Against Airlines in “Toxic Air” Dispute

The largest union representing cabin crew in the United Kingdom and Ireland has started legal action against five British airlines in 51 different cases involving so-called ‘toxic’ fume events.  The Unite union claims that independent expert evidence has found that…

American Airlines Has Now Suspended Flights to Venezuela “Indefinitely”

American Airlines has told Miami-based staffers in an internal memo that is has taken the decision to suspend all operations to crisis-stricken Venezuela “indefinitely”.  The airline originally suspended operations between Miami and both Caracas and Maracaibo on the 15th March…

Leaked Survey Reveals Only 56% of British Airways Employees are Proud to Work for Airline

Last summer, British Airways carried out a staff satisfaction survey for the first time in years – the results did not make for good reading, with just over half of the 17,000 employees who took part in the survey saying…

British Airways Got Flight Attendant Mothers To Fly With Their Offspring to Celebrate Mothers Day

Unlike some parts of the world, the United Kingdom celebrates Mother’s Day (or as it’s officially known ‘Mothering Sunday’) this coming Sunday.  It’s normally a day for mother’s to put their feet up and relax but British Airways has decided…

Qantas Makes Good On its Word to Host Chief Executive of Australia’s Newest Airline

Remember 10-year old airline fanatic Alex Jacquot who wrote to the chief executive of Qantas asking for some business advice after he decided to start his own airline that he called Oceania Express during the school holidays?  Well, Alan Joyce…

Breaking: WOW Air Goes Into Administration – All Flights Cancelled

UPDATE: WOW Air has ceased all operations after failing to secure new funding.  On a message on its website, the airline said all flights had been cancelled.  Passengers are being told to book alternative flights with different airlines – WOW…

New Lawsuit Alleges Lion Air Crash Was Direct Result of Boeing’s “Gross Negligence”

Administrators acting on behalf of the families of four passengers killed in last years Lion Air flight JT610 crash have filed a lawsuit against aerospace giant Boeing in an Illinois district court – the Boeing Company is legally incorporated in…

VIDEO: More Naked Airline Shenanigans – This Time at Chicago O’Hare

Police officers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD had to arrest a naked man yesterday after he sprinted onto the tarmac near Gate C10, of the domestic Terminal 2.  It’s believed he had just dismbarked from a Delta Air Lines…

Korean Air Accused of Kicking Two Teenage Boys Off Flight Because of Nut Allergy

Two unaccompanied teenage boys were allegedly kicked off a Korean Airlines flight last week after they informed ground staff of their severe peanut allergy.  The boys were travelling back to the Philippines after visiting their ill grandfather in the United…

United Airlines Investigating Flight Attendants for Selling Sought After Trips to Colleagues

United Airlines says it will take a “zero tolerance” approach to accusations that some flight attendants are swapping trips with their colleagues in return for cash and other payments.  While flight attendants at many airlines around the world are allowed…

CONFIRMED: Cathay Pacific is Acquiring HK Express From Embattled HNA Group for $628 Million

At the start of March, we learned that Cathay Pacific was in “active discussions” about taking over low-cost competitor HK Express from China’s embattled debt-laden HNA Group.  Cathay Pacific has now confirmed that it will be taking over the budget…

JetBlue Founder David Neeleman Still Has Some Way to go to Turnaround TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal has blamed one-off “extraordinary costs” and rapidly rising oil prices after it announced that it made a loss of €118 million in 2018.  The airline is majority-owned by a consortium of investors known as Atlantic Gateway which…

The Silence Coming From Wow Air is Deafening: Update Deadline Comes and Goes

The writing appears to be pretty much on the wall for low-cost Icelandic airline WOW Air tonight.  Last Thursday, the airline announced the unwelcome news that U.S.-based private equity firm Indigo Partners which holds stakes in several other low-cost airlines…

Norwegian Delays Sale of Six Boeing 737-800’s, Prepares to Wetlease Aircraft (Again)

As the adage goes, the only thing certain in the aviation industry is uncertainty.  The low-cost long-haul airline Norwegian knows that only too well.  After a torrid year in 2018 that saw the airline have to overcome problem after problem,…

Naresh Goyal Steps Down Steps Down From Board of Embattled Jet Airways: Reduces Stake in Airline

Naresh Goyal, the founder of Jet Airways has today stepped down from the board and rescinded his chairmanship of the embattled debt-laden airline.  Jet Airways, which is India’s second largest commercial airline, has been struggling for months under  USD $1…

Software “Malfunction” Grounds More Than 46 Lufthansa Flights: Over 4,600 Passenger Affected

A continuing software “malfunction” at Germany’s air traffic control (ATC) provider, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung has forced airlines to cancel dozens of flights today.  The German flag carrier, Lufthansa has been worst affected with over 46 flights at its Frankfurt hub…

American Airlines Grounds Boeing 737 MAX Until April 24: Software Patch Coming Soon

Boeing is preparing to host over 200 airline pilots, engineers and regulatory officials from around the world at its Renton, Washington facilities this coming Wednesday to discuss a software patch for its grounded 737 MAX 8 aircraft.  Airline analysts believe…

Qantas Cabin Crew Will No Longer Help You Put Your Hand Luggage In Overhead Bins

We’ve known for several months that Australian flag carrier, Qantas has been cracking down on the hand luggage that passengers are allowed to bring onboard a flight with them.  Qantas has traditionally had a pretty generous hand luggage allowance which…

Study: Garuda Indonesia’s Plan to Ditch Boeing 737 MAX Order Doesn’t Make it a Safer Airline

Garuda Indonesia has become the first airline to publicly mull ditching a multi-billion dollar order for the controversial Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.  The airline placed the huge $4.9 billion order for up to 50 of Boeing’s best-selling 737 MAX 8…

jetBlue is Being Sued by Two Flight Attendants Who Say Pilots Drugged and Raped Them

Two flight attendants who work for jetBlue have filed a lawsuit against the airline for sex and gender discrimination after the pair reported an allegation of rape to bosses.  The case was filed in the United States District Court, Eastern…

FREED: Detained Flight Attendant is Released by ICE After Public Backlash

Commonsense has prevailed – Selene Saavedra Roman, a 28-year old flight attendant working for regional airline Mesa Air has been released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after a public backlash against her detention gained worldwide media attention.  Roman’s lawyer…

VIDEO: Why Did Drag Queens Take Over This El Al Flight to London Yesterday?

Passengers on board an El Al Israel Airlines flight from Tel Aviv to London Heathrow were in for quite a surprise yesterday when they were greeted by male flight attendants dressed up in drag.  But there was a very good…

Ryanair Told it Can’t Fire Pilots and Cabin Crew After it Closed Base in Eindhoven

The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has been told by the Dutch labour authority (UWV) that it did not have the right to fire pilots and cabin crew who were based Eindhoven, Netherlands when it decided to close the base last…

Cathay Dragon Flight Attendants Win 3% Pay Rise and Other Concessions

After a week of negotiations, Cathay Dragon flight attendants have won a 3% pay rise, along with a commitment from the airline to discuss raising the mandatory retirement age to that enjoyed by their colleagues at Cathay Pacific.  The wage…

Spanish Flight Attendants Want to Lower Retirement Age to 52: Classed as Dangerous Career

Spanish flight attendants are calling on the country’s Social Security department to add their profession to a list of jobs that can enjoy early retirement.  Under a law dating back to 1986, certain professions with a high mortality risk that…

This U.S.-Based Flight Attendant Has Been Detained by ICE in ‘Prison Like’ Conditions for Two Months

UPDATE: Selene Saavedra Roman has now been freed – more details here. A Texan flight attendant who had been flying for little more than a month has been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after her first trip…

Future of Iceland’s Ultra-Low-Cost WOW Air Looks Uncertain as Rescue Bid Falls Through

The ultra-low-cost Icelandic airline WOW Air is sitting on the precipice of collapse tonight after talks on a rescue bid with the owner of Denver-based Frontier Airlines fell through.  WOW Air has been in talks with Indigo Partners, which is…

easyJet’s Gender Pay Gap Widens Despite Progress in Increasing Number of Female Pilots

Despite efforts to recruit more female pilots, low-cost British airline easyJet has actually reported a widening gender pay gap for 2018/2019.  Not to be confused with unequal pay (which is illegal), the gender pay gap is a way of measuring…

Turkish Airlines Denies Rumours Qatar Airways Has Acquired 49% Stake in Business

Turkish Airlines has been forced to deny rumours that Qatar Airways has acquired a 49% stake in the government-owned carrier.  In a statement issued by the airline, a spokesperson said the rumours did “not represent the truth” and had been…

Woman Faces 21-Years in Jail for Drunken Assault On United Airlines Flight Attendant

An Australian woman faces the prospect of spending the next 21-years in a U.S. jail after being found guilty of drunkenly assaulting a flight attendant on United Airlines flight UA99 from Melbourne to Los Angeles International Airport on 21st January…

Is Qantas Going to Take Over Jetstar’s 787 Dreamliners and Swap Them Out for A321LR’s?

While neither Qantas or its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar have confirmed (or denied) anything to date, a new rumour suggests Jetstar may swap out its fleet of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner’s as part of a major fleet rejig.  If true, Qantas could…

Delta Air Lines Really Doesn’t Want to Let its Feud with Qatar Airways Go

Speaking at an aviation summit in Dever, Colorado yesterday, Delta’s Executive Vice President Peter Carter made it perfectly clear that the Atlanta-based airline isn’t going to let its feud with Qatar Airways drop anytime soon.  Specifically, Carter called out Qatar’s…

No More Tipping Flight Attendants? Frontier Crew Finally Win New Contract

Remember a couple of months ago when that story about flight attendants asking for tips went viral?  A passenger on Denver-based low-cost airline Frontier took a photo of an iPad used to process transactions for in-flight purchases that encouraged him…

Is This The End Of The Road For Bankrupt Alitalia? Now easyJet Pulls Out Of Rescue Bid

Attempts by the Italian government to offload bankrupt flag carrier Alitalia look set to stall just as an impending deadline to repay a huge bridge loan nears.  Today, the British low-cost airline, easyJet said it was no longer interested in…

Will Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew Go On Strike Over New Pay Deal?

A grand unveiling of a new Business Class seat by Virgin Atlantic due to take place on 8th April could be overshadowed by the prospect of strike action by the airline’s cabin crew according to reports in the UK’s Telegraph…

Justice Department Opens Investigation Into Development, Certification of Boeing 737 MAX

According to an anonymous source quoted by AP, the U.S. Justice Department has opened a probe into the development and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.  The investigation will allegedly look into Boeing’s relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration…

Norwegian Faces Industrial Strife as it Cuts Costs and Crew Bases

Back in January, low-cost carrier Norwegian announced plans to close several pilot and cabin crew bases in Italy, Spain and the United States.  Short-haul bases in Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Gran Canaria (LPA) and Tenerife (TCI) in Spain; Rome Fiumicino…

Jet Airways is Turning Into a Basket Case of an Airline

How long can Jet Airways carry on its charade of being a functioning airline?  Earlier today, the airline announced it had been forced to ground four more planes because it has not kept up with paying loans to aircraft lessors. …

The Most Anticipated Seat Launch is Finally Here: The New British Airways Club World Seat

They’ve only gone and put a door on it.  British Airways has finally unveiled its long-awaited Club World business class seat replacement today and it is sure not to disappoint.  Dubbed the ‘Club Suite’ because of a sliding privacy door,…

American Airlines Grounds Venezuela Flights After State Department ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory

It actually came as somewhat of a surprise that American Airlines was still flying to Venezuela – that was, at least, the case until yesterday when the airline decided to indefinitely cancel its services to both Caracas and Maiquetía.  American…

FIRST LOOK: British Airways Reveals Tantalising Preview of New Club World Seat

British Airways is seriously amping up the anticipation of a massive and eagerly awaited upgrade to its Club World business class seat which is expected to be unveiled in the next couple of months.  The airline has just taken to…

Wizz Air “Discriminated” Against Workers Who Tried to Form a Trade Union

The Romanian Supreme Court has ruled against Hungary-based Wizz Air, saying the low-cost airline did discriminate against workers who tried to form a trade union.  The case stems back to 2014 when the airline dismissed 19 employees shortly after they…

Has April Fools Come Early? Ryanair Launches New Airline Called ‘Buzz’

Has Ryanair’s new airline got a sting in its tail?  The Dublin-based low-cost carrier has decided to rebrand its wholly-owned Polish subsidiary as ‘Buzz’ featuring a honey bee design.  The airline was previously known as Ryanair Sun and it offers…

British Airways Reveals Last Retro Livery as Part of Centenary Celebrations

Earlier this year, British Airways announced it would paint four of its aircraft in special retro liveries – unlike other airlines, BA has largely shied away from special aircraft designs (with a few notable exceptions like a dove design for…

That’s How You Do It: Lufthansa Posts €2.8 Billion Profit, Orders 40 New Long-Haul Aircraft

Lufthansa may be slightly older and more experienced than Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways (The German flag carrier was formed in 1953, making it 51 years older than its Persian Gulf rival) but the two airline’s fortunes couldn’t be more different…

Singapore Airlines Doubles Down On “Wellness” with COMO Shambhala Collaboration

“Wellness” is a hot topic in the airlines business at the moment and Singapore Airlines is now doubling down on the concept with a new collaboration with leading wellness brand COMO Shambhala.  The wellness trend is becoming serious business for…

LATEST: Another Year of Heavy Losses for Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways has just released its latest financial results and yet again the Abu Dhabi-based airline has run up a huge debt.  In 2018, Etihad made a loss of USD $1.28 billion on the back of $5.86 billion in revenues. …

Spanish Union Demands Air Europa Cancel Caracas Flights After Armed Robbery

The Spanish cabin crew union, SEPLA has slammed Air Europa after the airline decided it would continue operating flights to Venezuela’s Capital, Caracas despite growing unrest in the country.  Two pilots and eight flight attendants were victims of an attempted…

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