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BREAKING: New U.S. Travel Ban is Bad but Cabin Crew Can Relax This Time Round

President Donald Trump signed a new Executive Order on Monday morning that will ban the citizens of 6 Muslim majority nations entering the USA.  The last time this happened – just over six weeks ago – passengers were stranded in…

News Roundup – 01st March 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

It was a busy week for Qantas as the airline admitted that profits had dropped 7.5% in the six months to the end of December 2016.  But as a cost saving programme at the airline continues, Qantas unveiled a bigger…

This is London Calling: British Airways Reopens Cabin Crew Recruitment

British Airways has once again opened up cabin crew recruitment for its Mixed Fleet flight attendants based at London Heathrow.  Applications are being accepted now, with the deadline set for 8th March 2017.  Do you have what it takes to…

Emirates Has Unveiled an Even More Luxurious New Onboard Bar & Lounge

Arguably already the best bar and lounge to grace the skies, Emirates has just announced refreshed and even better onboard bar and lounge for its iconic A380.  The airline first teased the enhanced lounge area in a social media post on Wednesday afternoon.…

A New Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge is on the Way

Arguably already the best bar and lounge to grace the skies, Emirates looks like its about to unveil a refreshed and even better onboard bar and lounge on its iconic A380.  If you follow Emirates on any social media channels you may well have seen this…

News Roundup – 22nd February 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Is the American Airlines new uniform crisis about to take a new turn?  The President of AA has hinted that they have a new remedy in the works.  Elsewhere in the U.S. Delta Air Lines is set to reintroduce free…

Emirates Seeks to Learn Lessons from EK521 Tragedy in New Safety Video

On Wednesday 3rd August 2016, Emirates flight EK521 crash landed at Dubai International Airport.  All 282 passengers and 18 crew aboard managed to escape the burning aircraft.  23 of those sustained minor injuries and one crew member was hospitalised for…

Emirates Takes Heed from EK521 Tragedy: Tweaks Safety Video in Attempt to Change Passenger Behaviour

On Wednesday 3rd August 2016, Emirates flight EK521 crash landed at Dubai International Airport.  All 282 passengers and 18 crew aboard managed to escape the burning aircraft.  23 of those sustained minor injuries and one crew member was hospitalised for…

Emirates CEO warns: “Hyper-change is the only constant” as the Carrier Cuts Costs

Could mega-airline Emirates be taking tips straight out of the Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) rule book?  The airline, synonymous with luxury and over the top extravagance, but grappling with mounting pressures from all sides is exploring news ways to cut costs…

The Essential Cabin Crew Training that Could Save a Life (And $600,000)

Emirates, the world’s largest long-haul airline, estimates the cost of diverting a flight when a medical emergency occurs onboard can lose their airline between $50,000 to $600,000.  Refuelling the aircraft, passenger compensation, ground handling fees and other associated costs all quickly mount up to…

News Roundup – 15th February 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Does Emirates get an unfair advantage in state subsidies?  That’s the issue that has been raging again this week.  As three major U.S. airlines met President Trump to discuss the issue, Emirates claimed that it was the good guy who…

Emirates CEO warns of ‘Hyper-Change’ in Industry: Cuts Costs & Introduces New Passenger Charges

Could mega-airline Emirates be taking tips straight out of the Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) rule book?  The airline, synonymous with luxury and over the top extravagance, but grappling with mounting pressures from all sides is exploring news ways to cut costs…

Alitalia Cabin Crew to Walk Out Over New Toilet Cleaning Responsibilities

Cabin crew at the Italian flag carrier, Alitalia are set to go on strike… again.  But this strike could be over an issue that would leave flight attendants from other international airlines scratching their heads with disbelief.  Alitalia staff are…

News Roundup – 07th February 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

What more proof could you need that global air connectivity is getting better.  Qatar Airways has just launched the world’s longest flight from Doha to Auckland in New Zealand.  The new, mammoth 16-hour flight is just one of the new…

Emirates Cabin Crew Forced to Move Accommodation in Money Saving Exercise

It looks like the World’s Best Airline is looking to seriously cut costs as cabin crew serving with Emirates are to be moved into cheaper accomodation. As reported in Arabian Business and on this website last week, Emirates were planning…

British Airways Tells Cabin Crew: There’s Plenty of People Who Want Your Job

British Airways Cabin crew working on the ‘Mixed Fleet’ contract are preparing for their biggest strike to date as a dispute over pay and conditions heats up.  Members of the Unite union will walk out on Sunday 5th February for…

Time for Etihad to Grow Up as it Gets in Bed with Lufthansa

Until recently, the Lufthansa Group’s approach to Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi was downright hostility.  Now, the two airlines are exploring new ways to forge a deepening relationship with one another.   At a glittering press conference in the UAE on…

Time for Etihad to Grow Up as it Gets in Bed with Lufthansa

Until recently, the Lufthansa Group’s approach to Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi was downright hostility.  Now, the two airlines are exploring new ways to forge a deepening relationship with one another.   At a glittering press conference in the UAE on…

Flydubai Puts a Brave Face on 2016 Results but Future Looks Uncertain

The Dubai-based low-cost carrier, flydubai has just unveiled its full year results for 2016, reporting a modest profit of AED 31.6 million (USD $8.6 million).  The results mark flydubai’s fifth consecutive year in the black with increased passenger numbers and…

News Roundup – 31st January 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Things are looking up for Etihad Airways.  Despite recent problems besetting the airline, its home airport reported an increase of 5.1% in passenger traffic in 2016 – the majority of which went to Etihad. Emirates are to launch a new…

Gulf Airlines Scramble to Protect Staff as US Travel Ban Takes Effect

Could cabin crew be banned from entering the USA? On Friday the US President, Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively banned citizens from seven majority Muslim countries entering the USA.  As the full effects of the ban start to…

Confirmed: Management Shakeup At Etihad Airways

Last Thursday the CEO of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, delivered a keynote address at the Global Airfinance Conference in Dublin. Hogan, spoke passionately about the foreign investment strategy that Etihad has pursued under his leadership. Speaking of the equity stakes…

News Roundup – 24th January 2016. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Emirates have launched environmentally friendly new blankets in economy, as they give all customers the opportunity to enjoy their luxury lounges in Dubai – But at a price.  James Hogan, the CEO of Etihad Airways has warned of tougher competition…

Emirates Finally Admits Staff Restructuring: Redundancies & Downsizing

Both Etihad Airways and Emirates of the UAE have recently reported poor financial results.  Etihad openly announced that staff would be made redundant and new openings not filled.  Emirates, however, has been rather more tight-lipped about the impact its poor…

Emirates Stellar 2016 – Why its Still the #1 Choice for Aspiring Cabin Crew

Last year Emirates introduced yet more innovative product enhancements, winning accolades from leading aviation bodies.  It strengthened its position as the world’s largest long-haul airline and remained the number one choice for many aspiring cabin crew wannabes. It’s no wonder that young people from around…

Are Female Cabin Crew at Qatar Airways Now Being Treated Fairly?

Nearly two years after a damning report by the International Labour Organisation painted a picture of widespread gender discrimination at Qatar Airways, the official UN body has closed its investigation into the airline. The ILO inquiry into the state-owned airline…

Time is Running Out. Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew Recruitment Ends 20th January

You better be quick, Virgin Atlantic, who recently started an open-ended recruitment drive for new cabin crew will stop accepting new applications very soon. Virgin had advised aspiring candidates to submit their applications as soon as possible and warned that…

What is a Codeshare Flight?

Etihad Airways and Lufthansa recently announced that they were going to put their differences to one side as they signed up for a mutual codeshare agreement.  In the past, Lufthansa has attempted to block the expansion of Gulf carriers into Germany…

Jobs Set to be Axed at Cathay Pacific as New Strategy Unveiled

Update at end of article… At an upcoming presentation in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Cathay Pacific is set to announce significant job losses as fears emerge that the company could be heading for its first full year loss since 2010. It…

Is This for Real? Etihad and Lufthansa in Merger Talks

Is Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi and Germany’s Lufthansa about to merge into one airline? For years, the German airline Lufthansa has attempted to block the three big Middle Eastern airlines from increasing their market position in Germany.  However, a new…

News Roundup – 17th January 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

From 19th January 2017, cabin crew at British Airways are set to strike for the second time over allegations it pays it new crew ‘poverty pay’.  Over at Emirates, we have learnt more about the rigorous grooming standards expected of…

How to Ace the Cabin Crew Telephone Interview

There are more cabin crew applicants than ever applying for the limited number of positions available.  In the past, candidates could expect to submit an application and then be invited to an assessment day.  Nowadays, there is an additional hurdle to…

Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Etihad Airways Partners. And Why it Might Fail

A few decades ago, in what was a highly regulated and protectionist aviation industry, the expansion of the Gulf carriers – Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways – collectively known as the ‘Middle East Three’ (or sometimes just the ME3)…

News Roundup – 10th January 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Dubai International Airport continues to grow with news that passenger traffic was up 9% in November 2016 – Helped along by new routes and an increase in services to existing destinations.  Meanwhile, the President of Emirates Airline has admitted that…

Qatar Airways Takes Top Award for Customer Service. Expansion Continues Apace as Others Falter

Qatar Airways had a glittering year in 2016, securing accolades from aviation industry bodies in multiple categories and continuing an ambitious expansion plan across the globe. And despite mounting pressures on its Gulf-based competitors, Qatar Airways has remained upbeat and shown little…

Calling Aussie Wannabes – QantasLink Advertises for Expressions of Interest

It’s been a while since Qantas opened up any kind of recruitment for new cabin crew but the wait is finally over. Expressions of interest have just opened for new flight attendants at its QantasLink subsidiary and eligible candidates can…

News Round Up – 4th January 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Emirates has put its woes to one side to introduce some nice additions to its soft product in First and Business Class.  But Etihad has been forced to counter rumours that it was set to dump its stake in Virgin…

Fog Causes Passenger Agony in Europe & the Middle East

The New Year didn’t get off to a good start for many air passengers travelling through Europe and the Middle East as fog descended on both regions causing travel chaos lasting several days. The weather caused particularly hard-hitting problems at…

Feeling Ignored? Why Don’t Airlines Respond to Job Seekers?

Have you ever submitted a job application and feared that it has entered the abyss?  That you might never hear back from the airline you have your heart set on working for?  It turns out you’re not alone and it’s the one sure…

News Round Up – 29th December 2016

Emirates expects to handle 250,000 passengers at its Dubai home in the first three days of 2017 but the future doesn’t look so rosy for both it and neighbouring competitor Etihad.   The last 777-200 jet has been taken out…

What Are the Top 5 Cabin Crew Nationalities at Emirates?

Over 120 different nationalities represent the flight attendants that work for the World’s Best Airline, Emirates. It’s a truly cosmopolitan and multinational workforce and Emirates is quite rightly proud of this diversity. On a typical Emirates flight, you’ll find at…

Seven Of The Most Iconic Airline Uniforms Gracing the Skies

Airlines know the importance of image and presentation in marketing their product to potential customers.  And arguably nothing is more important than the airline’s cabin crew uniform.  These seven airlines have created uniforms that stand apart from their competitors as…

Clouds Loom on the Horizon at Etihad but Cabin Crew Recruitment Continues

What does the future hold for Etihad cabin crew recruitment? Etihad Airways, once known as the world’s fastest growing airline, has taken a slower, steadier and some might say, professional approach to cabin crew recruitment in recent years. But in…

Qatar Airways Gets Called Out by Human Rights Group – Demands Boycott

As Qatar Airways continues its expansion into North America, adding the cities of Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles in 2016 alone, a U.S. based human rights NGO has stepped up its campaign calling for a boycott of the airline. The…

The Best Qualities to Highlight in Your Cabin Crew Application Resume

An analysis of cabin crew job descriptions from some of the biggest airlines in the world reveals exactly what personal qualities and attributes recruiters truly value and search for in their new recruits. For this analysis, the publicly available job descriptions…

Gulf Airlines Score Big in Annual Which? Survey

The British consumer group, Which? has released the results of its annual global airline survey with the three leading Gulf carriers featuring in the top 6. In September Which? sampled over 7,500 of their members.  The responses covered 11,359 flights, across…

Potential British Airways Strike Likely to Have Little Effect

  Update (18th December 2016) Following the decision by Unite to call strike action on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, British Airways released a strongly worded statement denouncing the strike and confirming that they would do everything to make it fail.…

Flydubai Reaches 1,650 Cabin Crew Milestone with Recruitment Ongoing

The future looked very uncertain for Flydubai; passenger numbers had plummeted after the tragic loss of flight FZ981 at Rostov-on-Don Airport in Russia on 19th March 2016.  All 55 passengers and 7 crew died when the Flydubai jet burst into…

Why Has the Emirates Cabin Crew Recruitment Process Really Changed?

Amid a whirlwind of rumour and speculation, the Emirates careers website was quietly updated on December 12th. Suddenly and without warning the Cabin Crew application link had disappeared. In its place, a short, curt statement gave some indication of what…