Union calls for fresh talks in BA cabin crew dispute (buyingbusinesstravel.com)

Cabin crew union Unite has urged British Airways to “get around the negotiating table” in the long-running dispute. This week the industrial dispute over pay and conditions is set to go past the 70-day mark for strike action by members of BA’s “mixed fleet” crew. The current 14-day strike by Unite members is due to […]


August 15, 2017

Boeing raises forecast for global pilot demand (flightglobal.com)

Boeing has raised its forecast on the demand for pilots in the next two decades. In its 2017 Pilot and Technician Outlook, the manufacturer says it is expecting a demand for 637,000 new commercial airline pilots between 2017 and 2036, this is a 3.2% increase over its 2016 outlook. Close to 40% of those pilots […]


August 2, 2017

Senator Blumenthal Announces Act Aimed at Combating Toxic Cabin Air (goiam.org)

On Tuesday, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) along with Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act, a bill that seeks to protect airline passengers and cabin crew from toxic cabin air. Academic research indicates that approximately 20,000 toxic fume events have occurred during the past 10 years – an […]


July 27, 2017

Southwest Airlines fires too many people, labor union leader says (thestreet.com)

The president of the Transport Workers Union, the largest labor union at Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) has written a scathing letter that condemns “intolerable and cancerous” working conditions for the carrier’s groundworkers and decries mistreatment including 2,700 disciplinary actions and 468 terminations since January 2015. “Groundworkers are flagrantly mistreated and abused by management,” wrote John […]


July 24, 2017

The right numbers for safety (ICAO Journal)

NEW ICAO MANUAL ON MINIMUM CABIN CREW REQUIREMENTS By Martin Maurino Cabin crew members play a key role in passenger and operational safety. The number of cabin crew on board, and their performance, are significant factors in the successful evacuation of aircraft. ICAO’s new Manual on the Establishment of Minimum Cabin Crew Requirements (Doc 10072) provides guidance material […]


June 30, 2017

Low cost airlines like AirAsia mean a higher safety risk (thewest.com.au)

Geoffrey Thomas Comment: The latest incident involving AirAsia X in Australian skies is a severe blow to the AirAsia Group — the biggest low-cost airline conglomerate in Asia. Once again passengers will ask should we fly AirAsia to our favourite holiday destinations of Bali or Kuala Lumpur? Surveys show that while 60 per cent of […]


June 27, 2017

Machinists union sends support to COPA pilots (www.goiam.org)

Approximately 1,000 pilots of Panamanian carrier Copa Airlines are preparing for a strike on Thursday morning, June 15, 2017. The pilots, members of the Panamanian Union of Commercial Aviators (UNPAC), and Copa have been negotiating since October, 2016. UNPAC is seeking a salary scale based on seniority, the definition of a duty day included in […]


June 15, 2017

International solidarity bolsters union in BA Argentina battle

The Asociación Argentina de Aeronavegantes (AAA) has welcomed the solidarity of the ITF and Unite the Union in the UK as it fights to stop British Airways (BA) closing its Buenos Aires EZE hub and laying off cabin crew based there. Unite’s BASSA branch (the British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association – which is exclusively […]


June 14, 2017