Articles tagged “pilots”

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 days 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.

5 days 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 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

3 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.

3 months ago

EasyJet Wants to Hire 450 Pilots But Will Have a Challenge Recruiting Them

EasyJet Wants to Hire 450 Pilots But Will Have a Challenge Recruiting Them

Patrick Whyte, Skift

EasyJet’s growth plans hinge on having the requisite number of pilots to fly its aircraft. It will have to offer enticing packages to recruit the right people in an era of shortages.

4 months ago

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.

5 months 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.

6 months 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.

8 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.

10 months ago