Articles tagged “pilots”

Airlines Don’t Hire Enough Female Pilots: New Study

Airlines Don’t Hire Enough Female Pilots: New Study

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

On a relative basis, U.S. carriers have more female pilots than airlines in many other regions. But even in the United States, it's still not enough. Elsewhere, including in the Middle East and Russia, airlines have extremely few female pilots, according to new data. That must change.

4 weeks ago

United Airlines Now Tells Pilots No Drinking for 12 Hours Before Shift Starts

United Airlines Now Tells Pilots No Drinking for 12 Hours Before Shift Starts

Brian Sumers, Skift

United's change is a sensible move. People should feel more comfortable knowing United's pilots must take their final drink 12 hours prior to reporting for duty, rather than eight. That said, some pilots may still make mistakes.

1 month ago

British Airways Heads to Court to Block Potential Pilot Strike

British Airways Heads to Court to Block Potential Pilot Strike

Simon Foy and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

British Airways will be desperate to avoid any disruption to its services over the busy summer period. An injunction might be its last hope.

2 months ago

European Pilots Prod Watchdogs to Vet Fixes to Boeing Max

European Pilots Prod Watchdogs to Vet Fixes to Boeing Max

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

A leading pilots lobby has urged European watchdogs to vet Boeing's revisions to its beleaguered Max 737 aircraft, and rightly so.

4 months ago

SAS Scraps Most of Its Flights Due to Pilots Strike

SAS Scraps Most of Its Flights Due to Pilots Strike

Anna Molin, Bloomberg

As many as 170,000 passengers may be affected through Sunday because of a pilots strike at Scandinavian carrier SAS. Across the globe, a pilots shortage in most markets is strengthening the hand of labor in contract talks.

5 months ago

American Airlines Stops Flying to Venezuela

American Airlines Stops Flying to Venezuela

Patricia Laya and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Unions for American's flight crew resisted serving on flights to Venezuela, which is facing political unrest. American's flights were the last available flown by a major U.S. carrier. The move came after the U.S. government issued a safety warning to its citizens in the country. Poor Venezuela.

6 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Labor Shortages Force a Wake-Up Call

Travel Megatrends 2019: Labor Shortages Force a Wake-Up Call

Dennis Schaal, Skift

From cockpits to guest rooms, the travel and tourism industry confronts a dire need in finding and training qualified job applicants to fill their needs. Training and rewarding workers in even the lowest-paying jobs is vital because they can make or break a brand or a trip.

7 months ago

Pilot Shortage Leads IndiGo To Cancel Dozens of Flights Daily for Next 2 Months

Pilot Shortage Leads IndiGo To Cancel Dozens of Flights Daily for Next 2 Months

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

The U.S. hospitality and food service industries had an estimated 900,000 unfilled jobs in 2018. Indigo and Asia, actually, need more pilots — badly.

7 months ago

Airbus Mulls Single-Pilot Flights as Artificial Intelligence Could Enable Autonomous Planes

Airbus Mulls Single-Pilot Flights as Artificial Intelligence Could Enable Autonomous Planes

Oliver Sachgau, Bloomberg

Airbus acknowledges that the "explainability" of artificial intelligence is an impediment to getting regulators to sign off on certain products. Passengers will definitely need some very good explainers, too.

8 months ago

Lion Air Aircraft That Crashed Experienced Tech Problems on 4 Previous Flights

Lion Air Aircraft That Crashed Experienced Tech Problems on 4 Previous Flights

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press

It's clear already that doomed Lion Air flight shouldn't have taken off given what we now know about the aircraft's problems. The pilots apparently were dealing with multiple failures simultaneously.

10 months ago

United’s Pilots Union Joins Chorus Concerned by Boeing’s 737 Max Jet

United’s Pilots Union Joins Chorus Concerned by Boeing’s 737 Max Jet

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

To repeat what we've said before, it seems like operators were caught off guard about some advanced functionality on the Boeing 737 Max. This is both odd and unusual.

10 months ago

U.S. Pilots Unions Demand an End to Sudden Flight Schedule Changes

U.S. Pilots Unions Demand an End to Sudden Flight Schedule Changes

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

In 2019, expect pilot and flight attendant unions to press for new rules that will limit the ability of carriers to make sudden schedule changes. Expect last-minute contract negotiations, too. American Airlines, Delta, and other carriers say that adjustments are sometimes needed to smooth operations.

10 months ago