SQ offers crew unpaid leave

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SINGAPORE, 8 August 2017: Singapore Airlines said at the weekend it has offered cabin crew unpaid leave in a cost-cutting measure as it struggles to keep up in an increasingly tough market.

The city-state’s flag carrier has been battling strong competition from Asian low-cost carriers and Middle Eastern airlines, which now boast modern fleets and top-quality inflight services.

The airline, which posted a net loss in the fourth quarter of the last financial year, has launched a wide-ranging review and refused to rule out job cuts. Read more

Lufthansa bows to pay demands

February 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 16 February 2017: German airline Lufthansa said Wednesday it had agreed to boost pilots’ salaries by 8.7% over four years, hoping to end years of disputes and costly strikes by air crew.

Pilots’ first pay increase will be backdated to 1 January, 2016 and the last is slated for 1 January, 2019, while the agreement will remain valid until the end of that year, Lufthansa said in a statement.

Pilots will also receive a one-off bonus payment of between 5,000 and 6,000 euros under the deal, or “around half a month of salary” per person, pilots’ union Cockpit noted in its own statement. Read more

Search for Chinese tourists expands

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 January 2017: Rescuers Monday expanded their search for four Chinese tourists and a crewman whose boat sank in rough seas off Malaysia, as police detained the skipper, another crewman and the boat owner for suspected negligence.

The owner had breached procedures, including overloading the boat, Sabah state Police Commissioner Ramli Din was quoted as saying by national news agency Bernama.

“Police will also investigate whether negligence led to the deaths of the tourists,” Ramli said. Read more