Gulfstream International Airlines Pilots Ratify Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Gulfstream International Airlines’ flight crewmembers, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters APA Local 1224, today announced they have agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement with Gulfstream International Airlines. (Yahoo News)

May 25, 2011

Thai Airways Plans New Budget Carrier

BANGKOK—The board of Thai Airways International PCL Friday approved in principle a plan to set up a new regional budget airline to serve domestic and regional routes, after its plan to establish a low-cost carrier joint venture with Singapore’s Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd. ran into regulatory hurdles (Wall Street Journal-USA).

Ash cloud disruptions despite new measures

The latest ash cloud incident is proving difficult to predict, according to experts and authorities in the UK and abroad (ABTN-UK).

May 24, 2011

Ryanair to ground 80 aircraft this winter

No-frills carrier Ryanair took 40 aircraft out of service last winter, and plans to remove a further 40 in the coming winter (ABTN-UK).

Flights cancelled as ash cloud heads towards UK

Flights in Scotland have been cancelled by two airlines as volcanic ash continues to head towards the UK. (BBC-UK)

May 23, 2011

European airlines are seeking ways to further cut their costs to offset soaring fuel prices and the impact of international crises that are squeezing margins this year.

(Reuters) – Political unrest in North Africa, an earthquake and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan and European debt problems are adding to a toxic mixture of high oil prices and fierce competition among airlines fighting to make a profit.

May 21, 2011

GWU concerned restructuring report not enough to save Air Malta

General Workers Union Secretary General Tony Zarb speaks to Chiara Bonello of their fear that the Air Malta restructuring report will not be enough to save the airline, that its concerns were not heard, an ‘insensitive’ government and unity between the unions. Air Malta is a ‘delicate’ and ‘difficult’ situation, and the General Workers Union is not convinced that even what was presented in the Steering Committee will be enough to save the national airline, according to GWU Secretary General Tony Zarb. Mr Zarb, who said the GWU is worried about the national airline’s future, added that although the union has had a direct role in the Steering Committee it does not feel many of its concerns were heard.

May 17, 2011

Up in the Air: How Airlines Can Improve Performance by Engaging their Employees

When an industry’s workforce and its customers report rising frustration with the way they are treated, something is wrong. Many of the world’s airlines have cut services and their workforces. How can airlines or other enterprises provide a fair return to investors, quality services to their customers, and good jobs for their employees? How can enterprises better balance the objectives of customers, investors, employees, and the wider society?

May 16, 2011