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Flight Attendants at Lufthansa Are Seeking a 5% Pay Rise and Increased Allowances

The Independent Flight Attendants Organisation (UFO) is seeking a 5% pay rise spread over two years and a raft of other improvements to working conditions for cabin crew at Germany’s Lufthansa. The demands, however, may well fall on deaf ears…

Four Teenagers Charged Over Homophobic Attack of Ryanair Cabin Crew and Girlfriend on London Bus

Police have today charged four teenage boys – one as young as just 15-years old – with the homophobic assault of a member of Ryanair cabin crew and her girlfriend on a London night bus.  The shocking incident, that occurred…

Ryanair Facing August Pilot and Cabin Crew Strikes in Portugal, Ireland and the United Kingdom

Europe’s largest low-cost airline is now facing the prospect of damaging pilot and cabin crew strikes in three major markets after Portuguese cabin crew announced their intention of staging a five-day walkout.  The news comes as pilots in Ireland and…

Japan Airlines Has Unveiled a Very Questionable New Uniform… But Women Will Finally Be Allowed to Wear Trousers

It’s officially one year until the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games and in time for the eyes of the world to be firmly set on Japan, the national flag carrier Japan Airlines has unveiled a brand new uniform for…

Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protestors Are Set to Flood the International Airport this Friday

Mass protests have been taking place across Hong Kong for weeks – the protests started off in opposition to a highly controversial extradition bill that would have allowed the authorities to send suspected criminals to mainland China for trial.  That…

American Airlines Flight Attendant Bitten by “Emotional Support” Dog, Requiring Five Stitches

An American Airlines flight attendant required five stitches to his hand after being bitten by an “emotional support” dog a spokesperson for the airline confirmed last night.  The incident, which took place on an American Eagle flight between Dallas Fort…

British Airways Loses High Court Bid to Stop Pilots Strike

British Airways has failed in it’s bid to win an injunction against the BALPA pilots union and stop flight crew walking out on strike during the busy Summer holiday period.  The Heathrow-based airline went to London’s High Court this morning…

Air France Planning Changes to Business and Economy Class Service On Long-Haul Flights

Since Benjamin Smith took over as chief executive of the Air France-KLM group last August, things have been looking up for the French side of the business.  Smith became the first non-French CEO of the company after Jean-Marc Janaillac resigned…

British Airways Pilots Vote Overwhelmingly in Favour of Strike Action

Pilots for British Airways have voted in favour of strike action with 93% of votes backing a walkout on a turnout of 90% of the roughly 4,000 pilots represented by the BALPA union.  So far, the union has not set…

Who Would Have Thought: Iberia Reports Increased Customer Satisfaction Scores On New Plane

The Spanish airline Iberia is part of the European IAG airline group which hasn’t made any secret of the fact that Net Promoter Score (NPS) or customer satisfaction scores are one of its most important metrics for measuring success –…

Should Airlines Stock Narcan Overdose Kits Onboard Planes?

The tragic story of a young man who died of a drug overdose onboard a cross-country Delta Air Lines flight from Boston to Los Angeles made headlines last week for all the wrong reasons.  His death was terrible – found…

EVA Air Taking “Preventative Measures” to Stop Sabotage and “Malicious Actions” by its Own Flight Attendants

Is Tawianese airline EVA Air trying to suggest that it’s own flight attendants could sabotage a flight or carry out other “malicious action” against passengers and crew?  That certainly seems to be the case and it comes just as the…

British Airways Suspends Flights to Cairo for 7 Days Citing Unspecified Security Precaution

British Airways has suspended it’s daily flight between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Cairo (CAI) for seven days due to an unspecified security reason.  In a short statement posted to the airline’s website, British Airways said it constantly reviews security…

Airline Leaders from the U.S. and Middle East Have White House Meeting with President Trump

Chief executives from several U.S. airlines including American Airlines, United and jetBlue, as well as the CEO of Persian Gulf carrier Qatar Airways met with President Trump at a meeting held in the White House yesterday.  While officials from the…

Wow: KLM Now Suggesting Same-Sex Couples Could be Asked to Stop Holding Hands

Dutch airline, KLM says it is investigating an email apparently sent by a member of its reservations customer services team which suggests same-sex couples who choose to hold hands onboard one of its planes could be asked to stop if…

Dutch Airline Back Tracks On Breastfeeding Policy in Disastrous Week On Social Media

Dutch flag carrier KLM has backtracked on its controversial policy of forcing breastfeeding mothers to cover up for fear of “offending” other passengers.  Just days after the airline Tweeted its endorsement of the policy a KLM spokesperson now says breastfeeding…

“It’s Their Way or the Highway”: Ryanair Pilots in the UK to be Balloted on Strike Action

In a new development, the largest pilots union in the United Kingdom says it will start balloting its members working for Ryanair on whether they want to stage industrial action against the low-cost airline – possibly including strike action.  Announcing…

Dutch Airline KLM Causes Outrage with Cover Up Breastfeeding Policy

An angry mother has warned breastfeeding moms not to fly with Dutch airline KLM after she was asked to cover her child and breast while breastfeeding on a recent flight.  Shelby Angel was travelling with KLM from San Francisco to…

TAP Air Portugal Admits “Odour” Events on New Airbus A330NEO’s That Have Sickened Cabin Crew and Pilots

For the last four months, flight attendants, pilots and even some passengers have been feeling nauseous, dizzy and faint on TAP Air Portugal’s brand new Airbus A330NEO long-haul aircraft.  The symptoms are sporadic and appear to be linked to what…

WATCH: Video of Delta Passenger Using Their FEET to Control Seatback TV Goes Viral

Perhaps supermodel Naomi Campbell was right – Last week, the businesswoman who became one of the world’s most sought after fashion models in the 1990’s revealed her pre-flight cleaning ritual which involved latex gloves and a very large pack of…

Ryanair Planning Redundancies and Base Closures on Boeing 737MAX Grounding

In a new update, Ryanair says it doesn’t expect the grounded Boeing 737MAX aircraft to return to service until “possibly as late as December” and is planning for a high-density version of the same aircraft to be delayed until January…

Emirates is Finally Launching a Controversial New Flight Between Mexico City and Barcelona

Emirates has finally announced a date the launch of a long-awaited but controversial new flight between Barcelona and Mexico City.  The Dubai-based airline intends to start flying between Spain’s second largest city and the capital of Mexico on the 9th…

WATCH: Crazy Footage of Aftermath of Severe Turbulence that Hit an Emirates A380

We’ve seen some pretty extreme cases of severe turbulence over the last couple of weeks… in June, a flight attendant was filmed flying into the air and hitting the ceiling when a Boeing 737 hit a pocket of rough air,…

Plot Twist: British Airways Cabin Crew ARE Now Being Balloted On Strike Action

Pay negotiations between British Airways and a number of different workgroups, including pilots, cabin crew, engineers and gate agents, have been ongoing since November 2018.  Three trade unions came together for the very first time to submit a joint pay…

If You Only Do One Thing Today, You’ve Got to Watch This Video of Naomi Campbell’s Airport Routine

British supermodel Naomi Campbell has just revealed her airport routine in a new video on her YouTube channel Being Naomi and it really is essential viewing.  Campbell, who became one of the most in-demand fashion models in the late 1980s…

Engineer for Indian Low-Cost Airline Spicejet Dies in Freak Accident, Crushed by Aircraft Door

A trainee engineer for Indian low-cost airline Spicejet has died in a freak accident when he was crushed between the two doors of the main landing gear.  The engineer, who has been identified as Rohit Pandey, was working on a…

Bjørn Kjos, Chief Exec of Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline Norwegian Steps Down With Immediate Effect

The chief executive and co-founder of low-cost long-haul airline Norwegian has stepped down from his role with immediate effect but will stay on at the carrier in a newly created role as advisor to the chairman.  The 72-year old Bjørn…

U.S. Lawmakers Propose “Flag of Convenience” Airline Law But Critics Say it Addresses a Problem That Doesn’t Exist

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers have tabled a new law that they say would protect the American aviation industry and American jobs from “unfair” international competition – on the flip side, however, critics claim the Bill addresses a “problem…

Last Ditch Mediation Talks Between Pilots and British Airways Break Down – What Comes Next?

Describing negotiations as “bitterly disappointing”, the general secretary of the BALPA pilots union, Brian Strutton said last night that his organisation is “no further forward” in talks with British Airways to agree a pay deal.  British Airways and the pilots…

Korean Air Backs Pilot Who Tried to Drink Alcohol on Flight But Demotes Cabin Manager Who Reported Him

Korean Air has said that a pilot who attempted to drink alcohol during an international flight between Seoul and Amsterdam “didn’t cause real trouble” but took the decision to demote an onboard cabin crew manager who stopped the pilot and…

Are Airlines Encouraging a “Make it Work” Rather Than “Safety First” Culture?

Last Friday, United Airlines suffered what’s known as an ‘inadvertent slide deployment’ at its Chicago hub – or to put it another way, a flight attendant accidentally opened an armed cabin door causing the emergency slide to partially inflate.  It’s…

The EVA Air Cabin Crew Strike is Coming to an End – But Disruption Expected Until End of July

Taiwan’s largest airline, EVA Air has finally managed to hammer out a deal with cabin crew that will bring an end a crippling strike over pay and working conditions at the carrier.  On Saturday, the two sides finally shook hands…

Low-Cost Airline Norwegian Will Soon Introduce a New and Unified Cabin Crew Uniform

Since 2013, the low-cost airline Norwegian has had two very different versions of cabin crew uniform – one version was for its short-haul crew who worked on Boeing 737 aircraft and the other version was for long-haul crew who worked…

British Airways Cabin Crew Face Dismissal After Accusations of Drunken Antics at Singapore Hotel

Oh dear… it’s happened again.  British Airways cabin crew have been accused of more high jinx at their hotel in Singapore and now three members of crew are facing potential disciplinary action. According to the Sun, a group of drunken…

Air Rage Perpetrator Who Abused Air India Cabin Crew Found Dead Day’s After Prison Release

The case of a ‘human rights lawyer’ who was jailed for racially abusing cabin crew on an Air India flight between Mumbai and London last year has taken a tragic turn after the body of the perpetrator was found at…

Delta Becomes Latest Airline to Embrace “Bistro Style” Dining in Long-Haul Economy

Delta Air Lines has become the first North American airline to embrace a new style of long-haul Economy meal service after successful trials of the concept on just one route between Portland and Tokyo Narita.  The Atlanta-based airline will introduce…

Dead Body of Stowaway Falls From Heathrow Bound Plane and Lands in South London Garden

British police have confirmed that the body of a stowaway fell from a Heathrow-bound plane as it flew over South London on Sunday afternoon, landing in the garden of a residential address in Clapham.  According to media reports, the body…

Union Withholds Flight Attendants Passports to Stop Them Returning to Work During Strike

A strike by cabin crew at Tawainese airline EVA Air has now been dragging on for 11 days in a bitter dispute over pay and conditions that has seen allegations, threats and even the spectre of multi-million dollar legal action…

Is This for Real? Turkish Airlines Melted Windows During Boeing 787 Interior Reveal Photoshoot

Just over a week ago, Turkish Airlines revealed interior shots and videos from the inside of its brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  This was the first official look at the airline’s brand new Business Class seat and the first look…

100 Day’s Until its 100th Birthday, Dutch Airline KLM Tells Us to “Fly Responsibly”

At a special event held in a KLM aircraft hangar at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport yesterday, the Dutch flag carrier counted down the final 100-day’s to its 100th birthday – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the oldest airline to bear the…

British Airways Seeks to Avoid Mass Industrial Action with “Final” Improved Offer

Pay negotiations between British Airways and three unions that represent pilots, cabin crew and ground staff have been dragging on for around eight months now.  In a “final position” document, the Heathrow-based airline is now hoping it has come up…

Cabin Crew, Pilots and Passengers Are Feeling Nauseous and Passing Out on New Airbus A330neo Aircraft

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus and TAP Air Portugal are investigating reports the new A330neo aircraft is causing cabin crew, pilots and passengers to feel nauseous and sick and even pass out in some rare cases.  According to the Portuguese newspaper…

Petition Calling for End to Toxic Aircraft Cabin Air Gains Over 100,000 Signatures in a Few Days

A former flight attendant who was forced to retire after being involved in two so-called “fume events” within the space of a year has started a change.org petition calling on politicians to finally take action.  Trudie Dadd, who had to…

Would You Spend £80 to Put a Bag Tag On Your Check-In Luggage? That’s What BA is Proposing…

The idea of electronic bag tags have been around for a while, although curiously they haven’t yet become mainstream.  You would of thought that there would  be so many start ups or even big industry players trying to revolutionise and…

This is How Etihad is Making Money Out of the Fact it Doesn’t Need As Many Pilots

It’s well known that Etihad Airways is suffering financially – in 2016, the Abu Dhabi-based airline reported a staggering loss of $1.95 billion USD and the following year a further loss of $1.52 billion was recorded.  By 2018, a major…

British Airways is Trying to Put the ‘Premium’ Back into Premium Economy With New Soft Product

Earlier this year, British Airways announced a relatively small but potentially significant round of investments for its branded long-haul premium economy product that it calls World Traveller Plus. The first slew of improvements came in January with an upgraded meal…

Finnair Transferring Dehli-Based Crew to OSM Aviation – Now Accepting Applications

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a number of airlines either close or significantly reduce the size of their international crew bases.  Last year, British Airways sparked a furious backlash when it made the sudden decision to close a…

Is Lufthansa Really Abandoning Low-Cost Long-Haul Travel in Eurowings Shakeup?

Yesterday, we learned that Lufthansa planned to radically shake up its low-cost Eurowings subsidiary in an attempt to stem big losses at the carrier.  Rather than pushing ahead with expansion into the long-haul market, the airline has actually taken the…

United States and UAE Confirm There Will Be NO Change to Open Skies Relationship

At a meeting between the governments of the United States and the United Arab Emirates held yesterday in Washington D.C, officials confirmed their commitment to an existing Open Skies agreement that allows commercial airlines to fly freely between the two…

Virgin Atlantic Partners with ‘Change Please’ to Improve In-Flight Coffee and Combat Homelessness

It’s estimated there are 320,000 people living homeless in the UK at the moment – it’s a problem that’s getting worse and one charity claims the rate is equivalent to 36 new people becoming homeless every single day.  The problem…

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