Joint ECA-ETF statement on Flight Time Limitations

Harmonisation of safety standards at EU level is an important aim in an industry that is by nature transnational. ETF and ECA are in favour of harmonized standards on FTL. But Europe’s citizens expect harmonization at the highest safety level, based on best practices and on scientific evidence. Not harmonization that forces countries to lower […]

September 30, 2013

Take action to support THY workers!

In May of last year Turkish Airlines unfairly sacked 305 of its employees – by text message, phone or email – simply for protesting against a plan to remove their already limited rights to take industrial action. This attempt to remove their fundamental rights was the last straw for the Turkish Airlines workers. As they […]

Harsh Qatari Labor Conditions Move Center Stage As FIFA Debates World Cup (

Controversy over conditions for unskilled and semi-skilled workers in Qatar involved in the construction of World Cup-related infrastructure as well as for flight attendants of Qatar Airways, the 2022 tournament’s likely official carrier, has moved center stage as world soccer body FIFA prepares to debate next week the Gulf state’s hosting of the 2022 soccer […]

September 27, 2013

Qatar Airways ‘requires’ hostesses to get permission before marrying (Al Arabiya)

Qatar Airways has come under scrutiny on Wednesday after it was accused of forcing its female workers to seek permission from the company when they decide to get married. In a report released by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) on Tuesday, the airline was found to also mandate that women tell a supervisor if they become […]

September 25, 2013

Disruption in the Sky: EU Commission pushing for new flight rules

The safety of millions of European air passengers will be subject to a decisive vote in the European Parliament (EP), in one week’s time (30 Sept.). At stake are new rules for EU-wide Flight Time Limitations (FTL) for pilots and cabin crew, which the EP Transport Committee will decide upon. The new rules, proposed by […]

September 23, 2013

Aviation in Africa – Get ready for take-off

African economies are flourishing. Many vital indicators confirm this development. Most countries are at peace and HIV infections in the worst-affected countries have been declining for the last few years. Expectations are positive as well. Consumer spending is expected to double in the next ten years, and the GDP is expected to rise by an […]

Ryanair voted ‘worst’ brand for customer service (

Ryanair has come bottom in a customer service survey of 100 UK brands by Which? magazine. The airline scored just 54% in the poll, compared to 88% scored by the winner, cosmetics firm Lush. The Which? report said Ryanair, along with BT and Talk Talk, deserved special mention for ‘poor’ two-star ratings in every element […]

September 20, 2013

Cathay in row with Qantas over budget airline (

Cathay Pacific is embroiled in a row with Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines about their plans to launch a budget airline in the Chinese territory. John Slosar, Cathay’s chief executive, said Hong Kong should not grant Jetstar Hong Kong a licence as the airline’s “principal place of business” would not be Hong Kong – […]

September 16, 2013