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Southwest Airlines employees protest work conditions, delays

As Southwest Airlines on Wednesday prepares to announce new departures from Indianapolis, its baggage handlers are contending that increased flights are causing unprecedented delays and overworked employees. Members of Transport Workers Union Local 555 picketed at Indianapolis International Airport and other airfields Tuesday, saying workers are being asked to do more without any increase in hiring. Throughout the afternoon, about 20 employees chanted, "Bags fly free because of me" and "People before profits." The pickets, in about 15 cities, are intended to inform the flying public that working conditions are increasing delays. "We love our airline and our jobs, but we want what's fair," said Shaun Burris, the union station representative for Indianapolis. The action came a … [Read More...]

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Boeing will expand seating on its new 777-9X by 20 seats

An authoritative aviation industry web site says Boeing, at the suggestion of a Mideast airline customer, will add 20 more seats to its planned 777-9X aircraft. Aspire Aviation reports that Boeing will lengthen the fuselage of the updated plane by some 8 inches and reconfigure the interior to accommodate those additional seats. The extra seats […]

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United Airlines Spreads Wings in China

United Airlines showed more signs today of how it plans to boost scheduled service during the upcoming 2015 peak summer travel season. The Chicago-based airline said it will operate additional flights next summer on two major routes to Chinese markets from its trans-Pacific gateway hub in San Francisco. United’s current daily service between SFO and […]

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Airbus A380 vs Boeing 787 Revisited

Eight and a half years ago, my friend Tim Pollak and I predicted in this column, that the Airbus A380 would turn out to be a commercial flop. Now, according to Bloomberg, “Airbus Group NV (AIR) raised the prospect of discontinuing its A380 superjumbo as soon as 2018, the first admission that it may have […]

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Congress Pleases both Sides in Norwegian Air dispute, European Airlines oppose

In a long-running dispute about a discount Norwegian airline, Congress is poised to approve legislation that both sides say helps their cause. However, European airlines oppose Norwegian plans. Norwegian Air International, a subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle, Europe’s third-largest discount airline — asked the Transportation Department a year ago for approval to fly routinely to […]

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Aviation Industry Agrees on Common Roadmap for Tackling cyber Threats

The chance of dying in a plane crash may been cut by advances in aircraft design, but a plane’s growing reliance on technology is posing a new type of risk. Now five leading international aviation organizations have agreed a common roadmap for tackling cyber threats. The organizations comprise ICAO, IATA, Airports Council International, the Civil […]

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Airbus Talks Up Airbus A380 Demand

Amid low Airbus A380 demand, Airbus Group NV isn’t ready to abandon production of the A380 superjumbo as the head of its commercial jet unit promises to attract new buyers and eventually upgrade the aircraft. “We will get additional customer[s] on the A380,” commercial-jet chief Fabrice Brégier told investors on Thursday. Eventually, the plane will […]

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Aeromexico Receives 1,100th Embraer E-Jet

Embraer delivered the 1,100th E-Jet production aircraft, yesterday, during a ceremony held in the Aeromexico hangar, at the Benito Juárez International Airport, in Mexico City. The aircraft, an E190 model, is also the 200th aircraft from the E-Jet family flying in Latin America. “In the same year that we are celebrating the E-Jets’ 10th anniversary […]

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China Needs Over 5,300 New Aircraft in The Next 20 Years

Airbus forecasts that China will need over 5,300 new passenger aircraft and freighters from 2014 to 2033, with a total market value of US$ 820 billion. It represents 17 per cent of the world total demand for over 31,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years. According to Airbus’ 2014-2033 Global Market Forecast, new deliveries […]

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Boeing and Union Lawsuit Tentative Settlement Close to Wrapping Up

A tentative settlement reached between Boeing and parties in a class-action lawsuit regarding payment of early retirement medical benefits and pensions appears close to wrapping up. “We reached a tentative agreement in June,” said Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace Midwest director Bob Brewer. “Both parties are still working through the final settlement.” When […]

Airbus Long-Range A321neo Stirs CIT Interest as Replacement for 757

Airbus Group NV is getting support from CIT Group Inc., a crucial leasing customer, as the planemaker pushes a new aircraft as a replacement for Boeing’s discontinued 757. CIT’s Transportation Financing unit is a likely buyer of Airbus’s proposed Airbus Long-Range A321neo, President Jeff Knittel said yesterday. With extra fuel tanks, the single-aisle jet would […]

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Boeing to Cut 747-8 jet Output Starting Sept 2015 Amid Slow Cargo Market

Boeing Co said on Tuesday it will cut production of its iconic 747-8 jumbo jet to 1.3 planes per month from 1.5 per month, starting September 2015. The decrease means Boeing will produce two fewer airplanes per year, Boeing said. The cut is being made “because the near-term recovery in the cargo market has not […]


Airlines Skeptical About IATA Recommmendations to Prevent Jets from Vanishing

Airlines are pushing back against technological upgrades recommended by their own International Air Transport Association industry group as it seeks to prevent a repeat of the Malaysian Air Flight 370 disappearance. Proposals drawn up after the loss of the Boeing Co. 777 without any knowledge of its last position or signs of wreckage have had […]

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Qatar Airways delays delivery of first Airbus A350-900

Qatar Airways on Wednesday postponed the delivery of first Airbus A350-900 just days before taking possession of the next-generation plane built to erode Boeing’s dominance in the lucrative long-haul market. “Qatar Airways announces that the Airbus A350 aircraft ceremonial transfer of title has been postponed until further notice,” the airline said in a statement on […]

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Airbus Raises Prospect of Ditching Jumbo jet as A380 Orders Vanish

Airbus Group NV raised the prospect of discontinuing its A380 superjumbo as soon as 2018, the first admission that it may have misjudged the market for the double-decker after failing to find a single airline buyer this year. While Airbus will break even on the plane in 2015, 2016 and 2017, that outlook doesn’t hold […]

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Tied to company’s long-term Climb

Seven years’ worth of production backlog and tremendous growth projected for emerging world markets has Boeing chief operating officer Dennis Muilenburg seeing plenty of lift and little or no drag on the company’s financial future. Chicago-based Boeing Co. has about 5,500 aircraft orders worth $430 billion in the pipeline, Muilenburg said during a Credit Suisse […]

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U.S. Carriers Are Watching Market For Boeing 757 Replacement

American Airlines has been most vocal in asking for a Boeing 757 replacement for long missions, such as New York to Paris, New York to Manchester, U.K., and New York to Madrid. American’s next smallest long-haul airplane—the Boeing 767—has 209 seats in its new configuration, so losing the overwater Boeing 757 could pose challenges for […]

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The Most Annoying Type of Airline Passenger is …

We get that you paid for an airline seat that already seems too tiny. And now someone has reclined their seat into your lunch. Kicking them is probably not the solution. It could get your flight diverted and you removed from the aircraft, as several passengers discovered this year. Rear seat-kickers top Expedia’s list of […]