News Roundup

News Roundup – 12th July 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Spanish airline, Iberia has been fined €25,000 for making new female cabin crew take pregnancy tests.  The airline argued it was looking after the well-being of new recruits but authorities on the Balearic island of Mallorca disagreed and called the…

News Roundup – 05th July 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

It looks like flying from the Middle East to the United States is going to get much easier.  Since the U.S. Laptop Ban was introduced in March, customers haven’t been able to take electronic devices larger than a smartphone into…

News Roundup – 28th June 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

British Airways is facing, even more, disruption as the biggest staff walkout since 2010 is set to get underway beginning Saturday 01st July.  The airline has already cancelled some flights in preparation for the expected disruption with a number of…

News Roundup – 20th June 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

American Airlines has reacted to a furious customer backlash and abandoned plans to reduce seat pitch to just 29 inches in Economy Class on its new Boeing 737MAX jets.  Unlike British Airways who will push ahead with their plans to…

News Roundup – 14th June 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

This week there was speculation that Emirates would bolster its own fleet and aircraft manufacturer Airbus’ fortunes by ordering a further 20 A380 aircraft.  Unfortunately, while Emirates says it regularly “engages with aircraft manufacturers”, it doesn’t plan to place a…

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

Emirates has made a major U-turn on the wearing of flag pins by its Cabin Crew.  Last week, the airline ordered its Taiwanese crew to wear a China flag pin instead of the Taiwan flag.  After a furious backlash, the…

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

Emirates has finally announced what many industry commentators have speculated upon for ages – A new First Class suite for the airline’s Boeing 777 aircraft.  And the date has been set.  The new product and a refreshed Business Class and…

News Roundup – 25th May 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

The parent company of British Airways has expressed its displeasure with what it sees as an unnecessary plan to extend Heathrow Airport, the airline’s home in West London.  Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group said: “Airlines were never consulted…

News Roundup – 16th May 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Singapore Airlines could be about to restart services to Los Angeles and Newark with an aircraft that doesn’t include an Economy Class cabin.  The news was leaked on Twitter and suggests the airline’s new A350-900ULR aircraft will feature an all…

News Roundup – 09th May 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

It’s been an expensive week for Etihad Airways.  Hidden on page 154 of Air Berlin’s annual report, came the revelation that Etihad had pumped an extra $382 Million into the struggling German airline. We also learnt this week that Alitalia…

News Roundup – 02nd May 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

It’s been an eventful week for British Airways.  First the good news – the airline plans to spend $65 million USD upgrading its space at Terminal 7, New York JFK.  But an incident onboard a BA London Gatwick to Jamaica…

News Roundup – 25th April 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

The terrible financials facing Emirates at the moment hasn’t stopped it from scooping up awards.  Yesterday, the mega carrier won four more accolades at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards, including Best Airline Worldwide. Certainly, something sets Emirates apart from…

News Roundup – 18th April 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Qatar Airways is pushing ahead with plans to introduce an entirely new Indian airline.  The carrier will be 100% foreign-owned, taking advantage of new rules introduced only recently by the Indian government.  But as Qatari officials plan inspections of Indian airports,…

News Roundup – 12th April 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

It seems like you can’t escape the news about the passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago this week – and justifiably so.  But of course, there has been other airline news that worthy of a mention.…

News Roundup – 05th April 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

This week, British Airways has been accused of some rather dreadful treatment of an elderly passenger flying with the carrier from Los Angeles to London.  The lady is said to have been forced to sit in her damp, soiled clothes…

News Roundup – 29th March 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Aeroplanes don’t make money when they’re not flying – so imagine the anger at United Airlines, who have been forced to put two brand new Boeing 777-300s into storage because their new Business Class seats have been delayed. But it…

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

A new U.S. ban on electrical devices on certain direct flights to the United States made headlines this week but that wasn’t the only airline news this week.  In Italy, the national carrier, Alitalia, announced that it was to make…

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

Turkish Airlines has had a torrid 12-months but its Chairman has delivered an upbeat assessment of the carriers future.  He hopes that Turkish will be back on track by 2018. One airline going from strength-to-strength, Qatar Airways, has said that…

News Roundup – 08th March 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Virgin Australia has announced that it won’t be starting a service between Perth and Abu Dhabi as was originally planned.  Instead, the carrier intends to focus on international routes to North America and Asia.  But one flight to the USA…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…