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

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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

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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 […]

Europe’s Airline Labor Woes Play Into Hands of Discount Carriers

Air France and Deutsche Lufthansa AG may find that the main beneficiaries of the worst strikes in their histories are the low-cost competitors they seek to repel. Protesting pilots crippled traffic at Air France for two weeks, while Lufthansa has endured a wave of walkouts by pilots. Lufthansa Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr asked customers […]

World’s coolest Airline Pilots

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Last week the captain of an Icelandair flight treated passengers to a lap around the erupting Bardarbunga volcano. We take a look at this and five other examples of pilots keeping their cool – or just getting the pizzas in – under pressure. Volcano-a-go-go Delays and detours normally mean bad news for passengers. Those on […]