Articles tagged “pilots”

Ryanair Business Model Under Pressure as Pilots Demand Collective Bargaining

Ryanair Business Model Under Pressure as Pilots Demand Collective Bargaining

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Ryanair became Europe's most valuable airline with a nasty divide-and-conquer approach to its employees. But pilots risk overplaying their hand by rejecting a 22 percent pay increase from a CEO who has said he would rather cut off his own hands than sign a deal with a union.

1 week ago

U.S. Airline Pilot Drug Screening Will Include Opioids Under New Law

U.S. Airline Pilot Drug Screening Will Include Opioids Under New Law

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The U.S. isn't the only country dealing with a widespread opioid crisis and other countries, too, should adopt similar measures to help root out dangers to travelers.

2 weeks ago

Analysts Take Alaska Airlines to Task for Mishandling a Broad Array of Issues

Analysts Take Alaska Airlines to Task for Mishandling a Broad Array of Issues

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Many have dreamt of finding easy fortune in California. But Alaska Airlines is discovering -- via its merger with Virgin America -- that the airport tarmacs aren't paved with gold.

4 weeks ago

Ryanair Dispute Over Pay Demands Escalates as Employee Council Seeks Involvement

Ryanair Dispute Over Pay Demands Escalates as Employee Council Seeks Involvement

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Europe’s biggest discount airline requires its pilots to pay for their own hotels when they cannot return to their home base due to flight schedules. Thorny issues like that make a quick end to negotiations unlikely.

4 weeks ago

Ryanair Pilot Drama Will Lead to 2 Million Fewer Passengers in 2017

Ryanair Pilot Drama Will Lead to 2 Million Fewer Passengers in 2017

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Ryanair's overall relationship with customers was beginning to get more friendly after decades of stinginess. But it's clear the airline has a serious hole in its customer service operation that goes beyond its current flight-cancellations dilemma.

2 months ago

Ryanair Forgot to Consider Crew Vacations So It Canceled 82 Flights in One Day

Ryanair Forgot to Consider Crew Vacations So It Canceled 82 Flights in One Day

Benjamin Katz , Bloomberg

Dear Ryanair Human Resources: As you know, you commute daily to work in Dublin, and the Irish government has rules about flight crews taking time off. You might want to have the people in charge of crew and flight scheduling take these things into account before booking passengers on these flights. It would be so much easier for all concerned.

2 months ago

Pilot Qualification Standards to Be Reduced Under U.S. Airline-Safety Panel Recommendations

Pilot Qualification Standards to Be Reduced Under U.S. Airline-Safety Panel Recommendations

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Executives at regional airlines — such as United Express, American Eagle and Delta Connection — tend to dislike newish rules requiring first officers to have 1,500 flight hours before they can fly for a larger commericial airline. But let's not forget this rule was implemented for a reason. We need experienced pilots.

2 months ago

JetBlue Pilots Will Come From the Ranks of Ex-Baggage Handlers and Grocery Clerks

JetBlue Pilots Will Come From the Ranks of Ex-Baggage Handlers and Grocery Clerks

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

JetBlue should be saluted for trying a creative fix to a looming pilot shortage. It's opening up aviation careers to folks who otherwise might never have had the chance.

2 months ago

EasyJet Pilots Ask Airline’s Founder to Intervene on Cost-Cutting

EasyJet Pilots Ask Airline’s Founder to Intervene on Cost-Cutting

Ania Nussbaum and Thomas Seal, Bloomberg

The outgoing CEO of EasyJet oversaw a quadrupling of the company's share price. But union concerns may prompt the incoming CEO to check if the airline's lean, cost-focused culture has gone too far.

3 months ago

Pilot Error Is Now Focus of Probe Into 2016 Emirates Plane Crash

Pilot Error Is Now Focus of Probe Into 2016 Emirates Plane Crash

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press

Transparency isn't usually in play from UAE aviation authorities. It took them more than a year to disclose a higher injury count from the crash and they declined to answer questions from the Associated Press. Still, Emirates has an enviable safety record overall.

4 months ago

Pilots Demand Drone Regulation After Gatwick Airport Runway Briefly Shut

Pilots Demand Drone Regulation After Gatwick Airport Runway Briefly Shut

Associated Press

Drones are an aviation disaster waiting to happen. Absent tough regulations, it is only a matter of time.

5 months ago

Pilots Group Says Proposed Training Changes Would Lead to ‘Pilot Puppy Mills’

Pilots Group Says Proposed Training Changes Would Lead to ‘Pilot Puppy Mills’

Kevin Freking, Associated Press

The 2009 crash of Colgan Air flight 3407 was linked to pilot exhaustion and a lack of training. Training for regional airline pilots was made more rigorous in the years after the crash, and now the U.S. House of Representatives wants to loosen things up again. That's a big fail.

5 months ago