Articles tagged “pilots”

Pilot Shortage Is a Factor In United Moving Away From Regional Jets

Pilot Shortage Is a Factor In United Moving Away From Regional Jets

Justin Bachman , Bloomberg

United is reversing strategy and downplaying regional jets in favor of mainline service on important business routes domestically. The about-face from former CEO Jeff Smisek's strategy under current execs Munoz and Kirby will have rivals likely redrawing their own plans.

4 days ago

These 10 U.S. Airports Challenge Pilots Most

These 10 U.S. Airports Challenge Pilots Most

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Some airports are more challenging than others, but the good news is that just about every U.S. airline, even the smallest ones, employ professional pilots capable of successfully navigating the trickiest approaches.

1 month ago

American Airlines’ Bid to Change Corporate Culture Meeting Resistance From Unions

American Airlines’ Bid to Change Corporate Culture Meeting Resistance From Unions

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest and United realize that you need employees on your side to make a great airline. Doug Parker of American knows that, too, but he is telling pilots they need to wait until 2019 to achieve wage parity or better with the airline's rivals. Pilots know if American truly values them, their wallets would be fatter.

3 months ago

Boeing Says China Must Hire More Than 100,000 Pilots Over Next 20 Years

Boeing Says China Must Hire More Than 100,000 Pilots Over Next 20 Years

Angus Whitley , Bloomberg

There is a pilot shortage -- in China, at least, but that will likely impact pilot hiring by airlines around the world. The shortage over the long term could have a ripple effect down to regional airlines, too.

5 months ago

Lufthansa Pilot Strike Cancels 1,800 Flights Worldwide

Lufthansa Pilot Strike Cancels 1,800 Flights Worldwide

Associated Press

Long-simmering labor disputes aren't just bad for Lufthansa's growth or its business. It's bad for passengers, too.

5 months ago

Cheap Airfares are About to Vanish as U.S. Airlines Tighten Capacity

Cheap Airfares are About to Vanish as U.S. Airlines Tighten Capacity

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Airfares don't feel particularly cheap -- anecdotally speaking -- but things can always get worse (from a consumer perspective). Next week will punctuate where airfares are heading as United and American report their third quarter results.

6 months ago

JetBlue Is Training Pilots Without Any Previous Flying Experience

JetBlue Is Training Pilots Without Any Previous Flying Experience

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

It seems odd that an airline would train prospective pilots with absolutely no experience flying an aircraft. But while that's unusual for the United States, airlines in the rest of the world have used this approach for years. It works well.

7 months ago

iPad Apps a Factor in Steep Decline in Fatal Private Plane Crashes

iPad Apps a Factor in Steep Decline in Fatal Private Plane Crashes

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Better technology, including the availability of mobile weather and other apps for pilots, is a contributing factor in a drop in fatalities in private plane crashes. Assuredly there are other factors behind the decline but getting better apps into the hands of pilots and co-pilots, and reducing paperwork so they can concentrate on flying the plane, is definitely a positive development.

8 months ago

Southwest Unions Call For The CEO’s Head — Skift Business Traveler

Southwest Unions Call For The CEO’s Head — Skift Business Traveler

Grant Martin, Skift

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly is dismissing union calls for his ouster but if profits slip, or there is another major tech outage, then the CEO's future will get more interesting.

9 months ago

Even As Pilot Pay Increases, U.S. Airlines Fear Pilot Shortage

Even As Pilot Pay Increases, U.S. Airlines Fear Pilot Shortage

Mary Schlangenstein and Michael Sasso , Bloomberg

For years, regional airlines paid young pilots low wages. That spurred short-term economic returns, but it may have kept some potential pilots from pursuing an airline career. That means fewer pilots are in the pipeline.

10 months ago

The FAA Says Airline Pilots Don’t Need Psychological Testing

The FAA Says Airline Pilots Don’t Need Psychological Testing

Jean Lowy, Associated Press

The FAA is hoping that pilots will self-report on any mental health issues, even though history shows they will be unlikely to do so.

11 months ago

Watchdog Says U.S. Transport Department Falls Short Ensuring Pilot Skills

Watchdog Says U.S. Transport Department Falls Short Ensuring Pilot Skills

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

The push and pull between airlines and the FAA is not turning out to be the kind of conflict that generates better ideas in the end. It's the kind where things just don't get done well.

1 year ago