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Cathay Pacific Cautions Staff on Social Media Use as Hong Kong Protests Continue

Cathay Pacific Cautions Staff on Social Media Use as Hong Kong Protests Continue

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

The situation at Cathay Pacific is not good. The airline has angered a lot of key stakeholders on both sides. It's hard to see how this gets resolved.

3 hours ago

U.S. Regulator Searches for Pilots to Test 737 Max Changes

U.S. Regulator Searches for Pilots to Test 737 Max Changes

David Koenig, Associated Press

Looks like this is another step in the process to get the aircraft flying again. Regulators won't want to rush things as they need to be seen taking a thorough approach.

1 day ago

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.

1 day ago

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Executive Q&A: How Airlines are Improving Passenger Experiences With a Customer-First Approach

Executive Q&A: How Airlines are Improving Passenger Experiences With a Customer-First Approach

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2 weeks ago

Delta Pilots Upset That Primo Routes to Europe Are Going to Foreign Partners

Delta Pilots Upset That Primo Routes to Europe Are Going to Foreign Partners

Brian Sumers, Skift

At your typical U.S. airline, a minor dispute between a labor union and management is not unusual. But Delta has a lot fewer of these skirmishes than its competitors.

1 day ago

Can Wellness Find Its Way Into the Cramped Confines of Economy Class?

Can Wellness Find Its Way Into the Cramped Confines of Economy Class?

Leslie Barrie, Skift

Thanks to the wellness movement, both airlines and airports are upping their healthy offerings, and not just for elite travelers. Whether or not the meditation apps and relaxation suites they're increasingly offering is actually making a difference, though, is up for debate.

2 days ago

Qantas to Test How the Human Body Withstands the World’s Longest Flight

Qantas to Test How the Human Body Withstands the World’s Longest Flight

Angus Whitley, Bloomberg

Ultra-long-haul flights of nearly 20 hours are considered "aviation's final frontier." How the human body will feel after a flight from Sydney to London, however, is another question entirely.

2 days ago

Ryanair Faces Pilot Strike Ahead of Busy Travel Weekend

Ryanair Faces Pilot Strike Ahead of Busy Travel Weekend

Jonathan Browning and Siddharth Philip, Bloomberg

Given the union's response, it sounds like all isn't lost. It probably all depends on whether Ryanair goes with a carrot or stick approach.

3 days ago

FAA Warns Airlines of ‘Increasing Inadvertent Risk’ in Gulf Region

FAA Warns Airlines of ‘Increasing Inadvertent Risk’ in Gulf Region

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Tensions in the Gulf region aren't going anywhere, and the FAA warns that the instability has the capacity to spread to airlines.

3 days ago

Embattled Avianca Brasil to Exit Star Alliance

Embattled Avianca Brasil to Exit Star Alliance

Grant Martin, Skift

The loss of Avianca Brasil won't be huge for the Star Alliance, but for some regional travelers throughout Brazil, its demise will certainly make connections inconvenient.

3 days ago

Cathay Pacific Expects Hong Kong Protests to Hurt Revenue

Cathay Pacific Expects Hong Kong Protests to Hurt Revenue

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Given the level of disruption, this kind of announcement isn't a surprise. The airline will be hoping that any impact is relatively short-lived and won't hinder its turnaround plans.

3 days ago

Why Do Airlines Suffer So Many Tech Glitches?

Why Do Airlines Suffer So Many Tech Glitches?

Sean O'Neill, Skift

A British Airways hiccup earlier this month was merely the latest tech outage at a number of airlines. Why does the industry suffer from so many glitches? Experts point to some deeper reasons beyond the commonly heard "old tech" explanation.

3 days ago