Articles tagged “pilots”

South African Airways Tries to Transfer Staff and Cut Low-Performing Routes

South African Airways Tries to Transfer Staff and Cut Low-Performing Routes

Kaye Wiggins, Bloomberg

The downward spiral of restructuring continues for South African Airways, which is still trying to achieve a massive turnaround in just three years, but Emirates and Turkish Airlines are ready to pick up the pieces.

2 weeks ago

JetBlue and Pilots Union Reach First Agreement

JetBlue and Pilots Union Reach First Agreement

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

The lack of an agreement with its pilots had been an albatross for JetBlue for the last few years. What will the impact be? The two sides haven't released any details of the agreement yet.

1 month ago

Emirates to Face Pilot and Crew Shortages This Summer

Emirates to Face Pilot and Crew Shortages This Summer

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

To be clear, Emirates isn't unusual here. The entire airline industry is forecast to need more than 25,000 new pilots a year for the next couple of decades to keep up with demand and a workforce that is retiring. One way to address the shortfall would be to (cough, cough) pay pilots more.

2 months ago

Ryanair Will Stop Using a Staffing Company to Manage Its German Pilots

Ryanair Will Stop Using a Staffing Company to Manage Its German Pilots

Christopher Jasper, Benjamin Katz and Tom Lavell, Bloomberg

Ryanair's staffing model is unusual in the airline industry. It has saved the airline considerable money, but it's hard to believe it lasted as long as it has. Pilots will almost certainly fare better as direct employees of the airline.

3 months ago

Super Long-Haul Trips Expose Flight Crews and Passengers to Cosmic Radiation

Super Long-Haul Trips Expose Flight Crews and Passengers to Cosmic Radiation

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Airlines are buying more aircraft capable of flying the extreme weather conditions of the North Pole, but this exposes the people inside to higher levels of cosmic radiation. Frequent flyers and flight crews are right to be asking questions.

3 months ago

Qantas Takes Steps to Overcome Pilot Shortage

Qantas Takes Steps to Overcome Pilot Shortage

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Qantas' new pilot academy may address the airline’s needs, but won’t solve an imbalance which has already seen regional Australian airlines cancel and reschedule services. Meanwhile, the government has bowed to pressure and will again grant temporary visas to pilots after scrapping them last year.

4 months ago

Qantas Is Opening a Training School to Deal With Pilot Shortage

Qantas Is Opening a Training School to Deal With Pilot Shortage

Angus Whitley , Bloomberg

Airlines are finally realizing that to cope with the global pilot shortage they are going to have to do more training themselves.

4 months ago

Pilots See Rising Airline Profits as Chance to Reclaim Retirement Benefits

Pilots See Rising Airline Profits as Chance to Reclaim Retirement Benefits

Michael Sasso and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

If pilots are ready to play hardball, the airlines will have to figure out how to deliver these lost benefits amid rising fuel costs.

4 months ago

Ryanair Looks to South Africa For Pilot Hiring

Ryanair Looks to South Africa For Pilot Hiring

Thembisile Dzonzi, Bloomberg

Ryanair has always claimed it doesn't have problems recruiting pilots and to keep growing it's going to have to cast the net further afield. With South Africa's flag carrier struggling, that country is a good choice.

4 months ago

The Airline Industry Desperately Needs More Pilots

The Airline Industry Desperately Needs More Pilots

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Airlines really need to step up their training programs if they are to avert the looming crisis.

5 months ago

Ryanair Pilots in Dublin Threaten a Holiday Strike

Ryanair Pilots in Dublin Threaten a Holiday Strike

Benjamin Katz and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

The Irish airline has the highest operating margins in Europe and can afford to make concessions. Its divide-and-conquer approach to negotiating different contracts at various airport bases risks the ire of employees tempted to unionize.

6 months ago

Pilot Shortage Issue Splits European Airline Execs

Pilot Shortage Issue Splits European Airline Execs

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Are there enough airline pilots to go around? There's no agreement on whether there's a crisis, but some airlines are at a greater disadvantage than others.

6 months ago