A German court has denied Lufthansa’s plea to forcibly end the latest strike by its pilots over a retirement benefits dispute, virtually ensuring that the airline must move ahead with plans to cancel the majority of short- and medium-haul flights to and from Frankfurt and suspend almost all long-haul traffic from that hub. The airline expects to operate about half of its planned short- and medium-haul flights from Munich during the strike period thanks to regional subsidiary Lufthansa Cityline, while roughly half of its mainline flights from Munich continue under a special flight plan published Monday afternoon.
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Taylor is optimistic that sales will continue to increase and is confident that several MOUs will be in hand by the start of December’s Middle East Business Association meeting in Dubai. “I hope these orders are a sign that the market is turning a corner,” he said.
Unionized pilots with Lufthansa-owned low-fare carrier Germanwings staged a six-hour strike on Friday after negotiations between the airline and pilots over early retirement benefits broke down. The Vereinigung Cockpit union representing pilots with Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings said it would continue planning industrial actions “until the point of agreement.”
Federal and city officials in the Los Angeles area have been unsuccessful in their attempts to identify the owner/operator of a small drone seen by the pilots of an airliner on August 4 while they were on final approach into Los Angeles International Airport The pilots reported the drone 10 miles east of the airport at 4,000 feet, well inside the airport’s Class B airspace.
Russia has banned flights over its airspace by Ukraine’s airlines, forcing Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) among others to re-route to eastern destinations from Kiev.
“UIA is deeply concerned with destructive actions of the Russian authorities and their controversial stand on transit flights of Ukrainian airlines banned from transit over the Russian territory,” the airline said in a statement on August 8. The airline said the ban would increase its operating costs by 15- to 20 percent, as well as lead to flight delays.
Boeing 787 launch customer ANA reports dispatch reliability of 99.63 percent and 98.51 percent, respectively for its domestic-service and international Dreamliners, less in each case than its fleet average. The carrier said that it expects 787 reliability will improve as it gains more knowledge of the airplane, which continues to present technical issues.
A rare, once-a-generation diplomatic conference is planned for next month in a bid to update international law on dealing with unruly passengers. Likely to be held in Montreal, Canada, the headquarters city of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the diplomatic conference is the culmination of a five-year process to revise the 50-year-old Tokyo Convention, a process triggered by an International Air Transport Association (IATA) proposal in 2009.
The Russian parliament was presented with legislation last week to allow Russian airlines to begin hiring foreign pilots to meet an expected shortfall in experienced crews. Currently only Russian citizens may fly Russian airliners. The move comes just a month after the crash of a Boeing 737 at Kazan Airport, 450 miles southeast of Moscow, in which it appears the pilots lost control of the aircraft, killing all 50 people on board. Shortcomings in crew qualifications have already been cited as possible factors in that accident.
September’s JetExpo show at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport once again provided a fascinating snapshot of how Russia’s business aviation market is continuing to develop. The overall impression from this eighth annual event is that, after a powerful growth surge, the market may be leveling off somewhat, but with every prospect of further expansion.
Fast-growing Russian leasing group Ilyushin Finance Co. (ILC) is targeting the Middle East market with a portfolio of five airliners that could exploit the increasingly blurred lines between traditional regional air transport fleets and new-generation narrowbodies.
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