FAA removes emergency oxygen from airline lavatories (USAToday.com)

Airlines earlier this year quietly removed the emergency oxygen from lavatories because of concerns that it could be used to start a fire.

November 28, 2011

Growing pains start to tell at Emirates (Financial Times @FT.com)

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From his balcony on the top floor of Emirates Airline’s headquarters, Tim Clark, the Gulf carrier’s president, has a bird’s-eye view of the enormous building site inside Dubai International airport.
Construction workers are scrambling to provide the airport infrastructure necessary to support Emirates’ relentless expansion. By 2013, Emirates should have the world’s first terminal concourse used exclusively for getting passengers on and off A380 superjumbos.

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Unions step up pressure over PALEA aviation workers’ dispute

The campaign to support Filipino aviation workers sacked following the outsourcing of their jobs earlier this year has stepped up a gear.
Supporters of the workers, represented by the ITF-affiliated Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA),…

November 24, 2011

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ITF "staggered" by US decision against Delta workers

The ITF is condemning the decision by US government agency the National Mediation Board, to deny charges of management interference in union representation elections which took place amongst Delta airline workers last year.

ITF-affiliated union, The A…

Boeing suit settlement stirs jetliner air safety debate. Documents show firm long concerned about health risks of rare fume events (MSNBC.com)

A former flight attendant is believed to be the first person in the U.S. to settle a lawsuit against the Boeing Co. over what she claims is faulty aircraft design that allowed toxic fumes to reach the cabin, triggering tremors, memory loss and severe headaches.

November 23, 2011

The Qantas dispute: What next and a recap (TheConversation.edu.au)

Memo to the Qantas public relations team: if you mount a Twitter campaign calling for travellers’ luxury flying experiences in the middle of an unresolved industrial dispute, be aware there might be a certain amount of blow-back.
In the meantime, if you’re lost track of the various developments in relation to this landmark industrial dispute, Greg Bamber, Professor in the Department of Management at Monash University previews what’s next and gives a re-cap for The Conversation.

Fare wars hurt profitability of Brazilian airlines (Financial Times: FT.com)

On a recent weekday morning João and Sebastiana Silva, a retired couple in their 80s, were at São Paulo’s domestic airport to catch their first flight to Manaus, Brazil’s Amazonian city.

November 22, 2011

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ITF unions show worldwide solidarity on Qantas action day

Union members from around the world staged protest and other action on 16 November to show their solidarity with the workers of Australian airline Qantas. Protesters gathered outside the Australian High Commission in London as part of Qantas action day…

November 18, 2011