Articles tagged “pilots”

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.

1 week 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.

4 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

2 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 months ago

Kenya Airways Will Need More Pilots to Meet Its Expansion Goals

Kenya Airways Will Need More Pilots to Meet Its Expansion Goals

Bella Genga, Bloomberg

We like Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz. Unlike a lot of executives brought into save failing airlines, Mikosz is willing to make tough decisions. He did it at LOT, the Polish airline. But this seems like an even bigger challenge.

7 months ago

Ryanair Signs Its First Union Deal

Ryanair Signs Its First Union Deal

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary is taking a hard line with unions, even as walkouts hurt the carrier’s bottom line. But we expect it's likely that this deal with Italian pilots will foreshadow other labor agreements in other markets.

7 months ago

Asia Still Needs More Pilots to Cope With Rising Demand

Asia Still Needs More Pilots to Cope With Rising Demand

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

The Asia-Pacific region will see sustained passenger growth over the next 20 years. It will be interesting to see how this impacts the traditionally strong North American and European markets.

7 months ago

Poor Cockpit Air Quality Puts Pilots and Passengers at Risk

Poor Cockpit Air Quality Puts Pilots and Passengers at Risk

Alan Levin, Bloombert

We don't feel these findings are particularly surprising. But what is being done to new planes to ensure air quality is safer for everyone on board?

8 months ago

The 6 Most Popular Skift Stories Ever

The 6 Most Popular Skift Stories Ever

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Our readers — perhaps aimlessly clicking on compelling-looking stories from remote hamlets around the globe — have voted these stories up as the Skift most-popular stories of all time. Think of it as the wisdom of the crowds.

8 months ago