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An Airline Chief Executive Has Won the Award For Being the World’s Worst Boss

The chief executive of Ryanair, the often outspoken Michael O’Leary has been named in a new poll as the World’s Worst Boss.  Other contenders for the gong included the Jeff Bezos, the founder of retail giant Amazon, as well as…

Is Air Italy a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? Lobby Group Says Qatar Airways is “Disrespecting” U.S. President

Back in February, the State of Qatar announced that it had reached an important agreement with U.S. authorities over a long-running dispute involving its government-owned national airline, Qatar Airways.  A little over two weeks later and a little known Italian…

flydubai Official: Pilots Involved in Recent Moscow Sheremetyevo Incident Were NOT Fatigued

Yesterday, we reported an incident which recently took place at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport involving a flydubai operated Boeing 737 aircraft.  According to the Aviation Herald, on the morning of the 2nd December, the pilots of flydubai flight FZ918 had attempted to…

Analysis: Why British Airways Will Be Forced to Take Pay Demands of Unions Seriously This Time

Over the course of last Summer, the Heathrow-based British Airways endured a staggering 85-days of industrial action by members of its so-called ‘Mixed Fleet’ cabin crew.  Yet despite the best efforts of striking flight attendants who were backed by the…

Wizz Airr Has Opened a €30 Million Training Centre: Take a Look Inside

Wizz Air has opened a brand new 3,800-square metre state-of-the-art training centre in Budapest, Hungary that will be used to train all of the airline’s pilots and cabin crew.  The low-cost airline is currently the largest budget carrier in Central…

Is Fatigue Still a Serious Issue at flydubai? Pilots Commence Takeoff Without Clearance in Moscow

Updated: 6th December 2018: In an emailed statement, flydubai has confirmed that this incident is still under investigation.  The cause of the incident has not been determined and this article is not intended to infer in any way that pilot…

REPORT: Ryanair Avoids Unionisation With Plans to Grow Polish Subsidiary

According to a new Reuters report, the Dublin-based low-cost airline Ryanair plans to grow its wholly-owned Polish subsidiary which uses self-employed cabin crew on lower wages than counterparts in other countries.  At present, the subsidiary which is known as Ryanair…

German Leisure Airline, Germania is Now Hiring Cabin Crew: Open Day’s Throughout December

Germania may not be one of the best-known airlines in Europe but it’s actually been around for over 30-years.  Founded back in 1986 in the German city of Cologne, the airline is now based in Berlin and operates a fleet…

This Isn’t Your Average Airbus A320 – Look Inside The Luxurious Private Jet Version

With an average list price of $101 million, an Airbus A320 aircraft does not come cheap – but this version of the popular single-aisle aircraft is likely to cost a lot more.  You’d normally expect to find an A320 family…

In-Flight Sexual Assault: Is Enough Being Done to Support Victims and Stop Abusers?

The largest airline passenger rights group in the United States has released troubling new details about 20 separate complaints of in-flight sexual assault that have been made by consumers to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).  The complaints were obtained…

British Airways Pilots, Cabin Crew and Ground Staff Demand 5% Pay Raise and Profit Sharing

In an unprecedented move, three trade unions that represent pilots, cabin crew and ground staff at Heathrow-based British Airways have demanded significant improvements in pay and conditions.  The three unions – BALPA which represents pilots, Unite the Union who serve…

This Should Be Spectacular: UAE Airlines Come Together For National Day Flypast

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is today celebrating its 47th National Day – commemorating the anniversary of the founding of the UAE.  It’s a big event for the country and one that brings the seven emirates together like nothing else. …

Christmas Cancelled? Norwegian Cuts Back Festive Events and Management Forgo Pay Raises

A few days ago we learned that the low-cost airline, Norwegian will attempt to make cost savings in the region of $350 million over the next 12-months.  The “ambitious” target was described by the airline’s chief executive, Bjorn Kjos as…

The Nicest Christmas Ever: Air New Zealand’s Festive Ad Is Quirky But Definitely Worth a Watch

Air New Zealand has built a reputation for its funny and offbeat safety videos that have attracted hundreds of millions of views on YouTube – the latest has been watched over 2.2 million times in the three weeks since it…

Japan Airlines Pilot Sentenced to 10-Months in Jail in Alcohol Scandal That Has Rocked Japanese Aviation Industry

A Japan Airlines co-pilot has been sentenced by a British court to 10-months imprisonment after being caught by police attempting to operate a flight while over the alcohol limit.  The incident occurred on 28th October at Heathrow Airport after 42-year…

VIDEO: This Is Why Lithium Batteries And Power Banks Should Never Be Packed Into Checked Luggage

A major security scare unfolded at Boston Logan International Airport on Saturday after smoke was seen pouring out the seems of a large checked suitcase.  Agents from the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) as well as the Massachusetts State Police evacuated the…

More Details On British Airways’ New 12-Month Cabin Crew Apprenticeship Scheme

British Airways has revealed more details about an “intensive” 12-month apprenticeship scheme that all new cabin crew joining the airline will be expected to complete from March 2019 onwards.  In October, we exclusively revealed BA’s plan to train cabin crew…

Emirates Has Its Own All-Female Cabin Crew Rugby Team Called the EK Firebirds

Dubai is gearing up for the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens this weekend but did you know that Emirates has its very own all-female rugby team comprised entirely of serving cabin crew?  The 15 strong team, known as the EK…

Norwegian No Longer Fly to Oakland International Airport from London Gatwick: Other Flight Changes On the Way

Norwegian will stop flying from London Gatwick to Oakland The airline will instead fly direct to San Francisco International Airport The switch will be made on 31st March with one-way fares starting at £174.90 Norwegian will also switch from Fort…

Low-Cost Airline Norwegian is Doubling Down On Cost Cutting – Service Changes Coming

Citing continuing problems with the Rolls-Royce engines on its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s, Bjorn Kjos the chief executive of low-cost airline Norwegian has said cost reductions will be “critical” for the survival of the carrier.  The comments from the…

Japan’s ANA Reveals More Details About Hawaiian-Themed Airbus A380’s – Including Cocktails!

The Five-Star rated Japanese airline, ANA has revealed more details of what passengers can come to expect on the first of its Airbus A380 aircraft which is expected to enter service on 24th May 2019 between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu. …

NEW ALLEGATIONS: “Cosy Joon” Not So Cosy for Cabin Crew Say Staffers On French Television

Air France’s often derided subsidiary Joon is facing fresh criticism after French television station, France 2 aired anonymous interviews with several members of Joon cabin crew on Sunday night.  Joon, which is barely 12-months old, was marketed as a new…

Turkish Airlines is Now Poaching Etihad’s Pilots As UAE Expat Flight Crew Look to Jump Ship

Turkish Airlines is sending its recruiters overseas next month for a recruitment Open Day in Abu Dhabi as part of an effort to hire experienced First Officers – the move is seen as an attempt to poach expat pilots currently…

Malaysian Airlines Flight Attendant Jailed Trying to Smuggle £150,000 in Illegal Cash

A senior member of cabin crew at Malaysia Airlines has been jailed for 12-months after being caught trying to smuggle £150,000 in criminal cash out of Heathrow Airport in West London.  Muhamad Aziz, a 37-year old flight attendant who is…

Flight Attendants at United Plan Protests on December 13 in ‘Day of Action’: Taking Fight Public

A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Chicago-based United Airlines planned to cut the number of flight attendants on certain long-haul international flights – with its Polaris business class cabin set to be worst affected.  Staffers understandably weren’t best…

Wizz Air is Opening a New Base in Kraków: 80 New Jobs Including Cabin Crew

The hungary-based low-cost airline, Wizz Air plans to expand its already extensive operations in Poland by opening a new base in Kraków next year.  The new operation brings 12 new routes including London, Larnaca Billund and Oslo to the Wizz…

Iberia Steps Up On-Board Recycling Efforts But Are International Aviation Rules The Real Problem?

According to the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) airlines spend over half a billion dollars annually dealing with onboard waste – most of which comes from leftover in-flight catering.  But while the international community becomes increasingly switched on about the…

Scoot is Recruiting Cabin Crew: Will You Be At Their Special Christmas Event?

The low-cost arm of Singapore Airways is holding a number of cabin crew recruitment events in December, including a special Christmas event.  Scoot now flies to more than 65 destinations across 18 countries using a fleet of brand new Boeing…

Lufthansa One Step Closer to Retiring Toxic Germanwings Brand: Finally Drops Old Uniform

It was back in 2015 that the Lufthansa Group, owner of two very similar low-cost airlines – Germanwings and Eurowings – decided it would retire the former brand in favour of merging it into the latter.  The decision was announced…

NORWEGIAN IS RECRUITING: Cabin Crew Positions Available in London and Argentina

Low-cost airline Norwegian is once again hiring new cabin crew – and this time, the carrier is expanding its workforce in Argentina, as well as at its popular London base.  Norwegian only started its domestic service in Argentina in October…

A Winter of Discontent: Flight Attendant Labor Unrest Now Affecting American, United and Frontier

The Denver-based ultra-low-cost carrier, Frontier has become the latest airline to face the prospect of strike action by flight attendants fighting for improved pay, benefits and working conditions.  Members of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) have voted overwhelmingly in…

New Concerns Raised Over “Toxic” Cabin Air After Troubling Death of Airline Captain

The Aviation Herald has revealed troubling details of an investigation it carried out into the mysterious death of a Spirit Airlines captain just 50-days after the 53-year old aviator was exposed to an onboard fume event.  The report is likely…

Profits Plunge 86% at Dubai-Based Emirates On Higher Fuel Costs and Pressure On Yields

Emirates released its half-year results late on Thursday afternoon, revealing that profits had plunged 86% on the same period the year before to $62 million USD.  The airline blamed rising fuel prices (up 42%) as well as continuing pressure on…

Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Are Demanding a 5.5% Pay Rise: But Can The Airline Afford It?

It’s been revealed that flight attendants at Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific are set to call for an inflation-busting 5.5% pay rise in year-end negotiations with airline bosses.  The Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Union (FAU) is also calling on a year-end…

Air Canada is Recruiting a Type of Cabin Crew Currently Subject to a Human Rights Complaint

Air Canada has recently started to accept applications for a highly controversial job that is currently subject to a human rights complaint.  The airline is hiring a new intake of so-called On-Board Service Managers (OBSM) who were first introduced in…

Flight Attendants at American Airlines are Preparing For Their Biggest Protest Since a Five-Day Strike in 1993

The symbolism couldn’t be clearer or more deliberate – a major flight attendant union that represents over 30,000 flight crew at American Airlines is due to hold one of the biggest protests the airline has ever seen on the same…

Singapore Airlines Recruiting New Cabin Crew Despite Big Drop in Earnings: Find Out Where

Singapore Airlines has become the latest airline to see its profits plunge on the back of rising oil prices.  The carrier today reported an 80% drop in second-quarter profits to $41 million as fuel costs rose some 24% in the…

Etihad Celebrates its 15th Birthday as it Positions Itself as the “Airline of Choices”

Former Barça player and current Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has become the face of a brand new advertising campaign by club sponsor Etihad Airways.  The airline is positioning itself as the “airline of choices” and “personalisation” with a new…

British Airways Criticised Over Handling of “Dick Pic” Cyberflashing Incident

British Airways is today facing criticism over its handling of a so-called ‘Cyberflashing’ incident in which a couple were sent unsolicited “dick pics” as they sat with their six-year-old daughter on a British Airways aircraft waiting to take off from…

Qantas CEO Says Consumers Have Never Had It So Good: Willing to Pay Premium for Ultra-Long-Haul Flights

Over the last few months, an increasing number of airline CEO’s have issued stark warnings about the potential impact that rising oil prices will have on the aviation industry.  Jet fuel prices have been rising steadily since late 2015 and…

PETTY: Emirates to Cut Ties With Paris Saint-Germain Soccer Club Over Qatari Ownership

For over 30-years, Emirates has spent huge sums of money on international sports sponsorships – some of which, like a recent five-year extension of the airline’s title sponsorship at Arsenal soccer club cost hundreds of millions of dollars.  From the…

What a Week for United’s Flight Attendants: Staff Cuts and Now a Threatened Strike at United Express

In the latest sign of discontent amongst United’s own flight attendants, the airline is facing potentially crippling strike action in the run-up to Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday period.  On Thursday, flight attendants at United Express authorized strike action after…

Qantas is Recruiting New Zealand-Based Cabin Crew for Trans-Tasman and International Routes

In the last couple of days, Australian flag-carrier Qantas has posted an interesting job ad for New Zealand-based cabin crew to join its team, working on both Trans-Tasman routes and also long-haul international services.  The airline is currently accepting applications…

Aerolineas Argentinas May Be Shuttered By Argentine Government Next Year: Unions Call For General Strike

Argentina’s business-friendly government may be prepared to shut down state-run airline Aerolineas Argentinas as the country battles to reduce a huge budget deficit.  The news emerged as unions representing workers at the airline called for a national general strike in…

Ryanair and German Cabin Crew Union Hammer Out a Draft Agreement

Ryanair could actually be about to resolve a lengthy near year-long industrial dispute which has seen pilots and cabin crew hold strike action in several countries across Europe.  In a new development, the Dublin-based low-cost airline has managed to negotiate…

Ryanair Dimisses Cabin Crew Over “Staged” Photo: Sued Over Ability to Manage Labor Relations

A couple of weeks ago, Ryanair faced critism (no surprise there you might say) for an incident in which the airline was accused of mistreating its cabin crew (again, probably not too much of a surprise).  The allegations came about…

United Airlines Plans to Reduce the Number of Flight Attendants in its Flagship Polaris Business Class Cabin

In a leaked memo from United’s head of In-Flight Services, John Slater the airline has announced plans to reduce the number of flight attendants “on certain international widebody flights” from February 2019.  Slater told staffers the decision had been made…

Etihad is First Middle East Airline to Launch Premium Economy Cabin – Kind Of…

For years, the biggest three airlines in the Middle East – that’s Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways – have refused to offer a Premium Economy cabin.  In fact, this ever more popular class of travel that bridges the gulf between…

VIDEO: Etihad Airways Admits its Brand Was Too “Exclusive”

There is such a thing as too much luxury… Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/2AMoaHZ