The board of Swiss International Air Lines on February 24 accepted management’s proposal to reduce its current fleet from 131 to 111 aircraft, furlough up to 700 employees and reduce routes. The airline grounded one Airbus A321, two MD-83s and 17 regional aircraft on March 30, which also marked the beginning of the summer timetable.
Among flight attendants, flight crews and schedulers and dispatchers, not to mention passengers, few subjects today are likely to elicit more heated discussion than the business aviation catering industry. The conversations generally cover the same issues: allegations of price gouging, the growing practice by FBOs of charging a handling fee for catering, worries about security and concerns over food safety.
This spring the long-awaited Subpart K to FAR Part 91 regulations is expected to go
Switzerland’s Crossair has frozen all hiring for an undetermined period, redoubled efforts to attract more business passengers, reduced frequencies on a number of marginal routes and moved smaller airplanes to others as the regional airline attempts to reverse one of the most difficult financial periods in its illustrious history.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 on the EBACE static ramp was the newest addition to the charter fleet of Vienna, Austria-based Jetalliance. Although currently registered in Mauritius, it will shortly be put on the Austrian civil register. Always an executive airplane and never an airliner, the twinjet can accommodate up to 40 passengers in its 101-foot-long cabin.
After 10 years of litigation, a federal arbitrator awarded United Airlines flight attendants $8.89 million in connection with a claim by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) that United’s 1992 purchase of the original Air Wisconsin violated a so-called scope side letter in its collective-bargaining agreement.
Regional airlines, long dependent on the efficiencies their comparatively low cost structures bring, have watched increased security burdens since September 11 erode the very advantages on which they’ve thrived for the past two decades. But in today’s risk-averse environment, the industry has found itself performing a balancing act of sorts.
FlightSafety International’s Teterboro, N.J., learning center is now qualified to conduct FAA-approved Part 91 and 135 training for flight attendants. The initial course is five days. Flight attendant training is also offered by FlightSafety in Atlanta and Savannah, Ga.
Security and safety training is suddenly a hot topic. When NBAA holds its convention next month, it is offering nearly a dozen new informational sessions that will address safety, security and business aircraft operations in today’s environment.
Next month Securaplane Technologies will introduce CAMS, or cabin alert and monitoring system. CAMS consists of lightweight, low-power cameras and infrared light sources. The crew alert would be activated by a passenger or flight attendant and immediately illuminate an amber warning light on the flight deck, alerting the cockpit crew that something is amiss in the cabin.