SHANGHAI, 11 September 2015: Boeing reports that over the next 20 years the Asia Pacific region will have the greatest demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians worldwide with approximately 40% of the global need — more than North America, Africa and Europe combined.
The 2015 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, an industry forecast of aviation personnel demand, anticipates 226,000 new commercial airline pilots and 238,000 new technicians in the Asia Pacific region through 2034.
ROME, 11 September 2015: Michael O’Leary insisted Thursday he will be at the controls of Ryanair for years to come and scotched suggestions the Irish airline’s financial success could trigger takeover interest.
In Rome to launch new routes, the low-cost carrier’s chief executive joked that Ryanair was now too valuable to be vulnerable to a bid from the deep-pocketed carriers of the Gulf.
And he said he could not envisage getting into the kind of partnership low-cost rival, Air Berlin, has forged with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, which also now controls Alitalia.
FRANKFURT, 11 September 2015: Lufthansa won a temporary injunction Wednesday against a pilots’ strike, but the German airline said 1,000 scheduled flights would nevertheless remain cancelled and 140,000 passengers grounded.
The appeals court in Frankfurt ordered pilots to halt their two-day industrial action, ruling that the stoppage, the 13th in 18 months, was unlawful.
It thus overturned a lower court ruling Tuesday and agreed with Lufthansa that the primary aim of the pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit, did not appear to be to reach a concrete agreement on early retirement provisions, but to attack management’s proposed restructuring concept, known as Wings.
BANGKOK, 10 September 2015: Southeast Asia’s aviation sector remains an extremely competitive market with a high risk of continued overcapacity given the region’s huge aircraft orders , according to Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation’s recent analysis.
The centre said competition with and between LCCs will continue to intensify as LCCs account for over 70% of outstanding aircraft orders in Southeast Asia.
“Among all regions and sub-regions, Southeast Asia has the highest ratio of orders to current fleet (about 0.9). While the rate of capacity growth has slowed somewhat for the short-term following a spate of deferrals and subleases, the unprecedented high ratio of orders to current fleet indicates that overcapacity could be a challenge over the long-term.”
FRANKFURT, 10 September 2015: German airline Lufthansa on Wednesday said 140,000 passengers were grounded and 1,000 flights cancelled as a two-day strike by pilots entered its second day.
The airline’s application for a court injunction against the walkout — the 13th in 18 months — was turned down by Frankfurt’s labour court late on Tuesday.
The strike, which was called by pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit, initially affected long-haul flights on Tuesday, but the union later expanded it to include short- and medium-haul services on Wednesday to turn up heat on the management.
GENEVA, 9 September 2015: Just five airlines ,worldwide, have achieved International Air Transport Association’s Fast Travel Platinum status since the programme was started in 2012.
Alaska Airlines is latest addition, announced yesterday, It succeeded in offering four or more Fast Travel compliant options to at least 80% of its passengers.
Alaska is just the fifth carrier in the world to achieve Platinum status, and the second North American carrier.
WASHINGTON, 9 September 2015: United Airlines announced Tuesday that chairman and chief executive Jeff Smisek and two other top officials had stepped down in connection with a federal investigation involving the regional airport authority.
Smisek was replaced “immediately” by board director and CSX chief operating officer Oscar Munoz, the airline’s parent United Continental Holdings said. Read more
FRANKFURT, 9 September 2015: German airline Lufthansa has announced it will cancel 1,000 short and medium-term flights in and out of Germany Wednesday on the second day of a two-day walkout by its pilots.
At the same time, the carrier said Tuesday it had filed a court injunction in a bid to prevent the industrial action — the 13th walkout in 18 months — as the company struggles to end a long-running dispute over early retirement provisions.
“One thousand Lufthansa flights are cancelled, 140,000 passengers will be affected,” Lufthansa said in a statement after the pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), announced that it was extending a strike that began early Tuesday into a second day on Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES, 9 September 2015: A British Airways flight was evacuated, Tuesday, after one of its engines caught fire as it was taking off from Las Vegas headed to London, aviation officials said.
“There were 159 passengers and 13 crew on the flight,” McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas said.
“Two were transported for minor injuries.”
BANGKOK, 8 September 2015: Today’s Traveller a leading consumer travel publication in India named Thai Airways International Best International Airline of the Year 2015.
THAI’s general manager India, Korakot Chatasingha, received the award on behalf of the airline.