Norwegian Air Pilots Continue Strike After Talks Fail

Norwegian Air Airbus A320neo

Norwegian Air Shuttle pilots will continue to strike on Saturday after overnight talks on a new collective labor agreement with a state mediator broke down, the airline said. Norwegian, Europe’s third-biggest budget carrier, said it would cancel all domestic flights in Norway and Sweden and most flights between Scandinavian capitals, leaving around 20,000 passengers stranded […]

The Coming U.S. Pilot Shortage Is Real

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U.S. Pilot Shortage With upward of 20,000 cockpit seats expected to open up at U.S. airlines over the next seven years due to FAA-mandated age-65 retirements, the scene should be set for the pilot pipeline to work as designed: Regional pilots working for low wages finally get their chance to move quickly up to the […]

Prop Plane Pilots Exposed to Tanning-bed Radiation Levels

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Flying for an hour at 30,000 feet exposes pilots to as much ultraviolet radiation as they would get from 20 minutes in a tanning bed, according to a new study. “We performed UV measurement at the pilot seats inside a general aviation plane,” measuring the cosmic radiation coming through the windshield, said Dr. Martina Sanlorenzo […]

Lufthansa Pilot Strike Extends to Long-Haul Flights

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Pilots at Deutsche Lufthansa AG extended their latest two-day stoppage on Tuesday, grounding long-haul flights in addition to domestic and European routes and stranding thousands of travellers. The strike, the ninth this year in a dispute over an early retirement scheme, has forced Germany’s flagship airline to cancel close to half of all scheduled flights […]

Air France-KLM Faces More Belt-Tightening Due to Impact of Pilot Strike

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Air France-KLM said it would limit investments and accelerate cost controls next year to mop up the remaining impact of a recent pilots’ strike that helped slash its operating profit by more than half in the third quarter. Europe’s second-largest network carrier by revenues said the interim measures were needed to secure a smooth transition […]

Air France pilots see Transavia deal signed by mid-November

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Air France and its main pilots’ union SNPL said on Thursday they reached a tentative deal aimed at ending a dispute over the airline’s low cost unit Transavia France, sending shares in the airline up 6 percent. Air France said it expected the text they had agreed on to be signed in mid-November. Air France-KLM’s […]

Cathay Showdown Looms as Pilots Reject Pay Rise Offer

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.’s pilots are poised for showdown talks with the airline next week after a majority voted down an offer for a 10 percent increase in pay over three years. Fifty-one percent of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association’s members voted against the carrier’s offer in an online poll, compared with the 49 […]

Air France Puts Pilots’ Strike Cost at More Than $400 Million


Air France on Wednesday estimated the cost of a crippling two-week strike by its pilots last month at more than $400 million and warned that this, along with a decline in year-end reservations, could erase a sizable portion of its core profit this year. The strike, which forced the cancellation of more than 8,500 flights […]

Confessions of an Airline Pilot: Weirdo Pilots Edition

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A famous joke goes like this. “What’s the difference between God and an airline pilot?” Answer: “God doesn’t think he’s a pilot.” When boarding a flight, passengers rarely think about the pilot being anything less than professional and skilled. After all, people are putting their lives in the pilot’s hands. But there are plenty of […]