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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 hours 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.

18 hours 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.

23 hours ago

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1 week 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.

24 hours 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.

1 day 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.

1 day ago

Texts Between Sabre Execs About Farelogix Deal Fuel U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit

Texts Between Sabre Execs About Farelogix Deal Fuel U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Sabre had tried the unorthodox legal tactic of pursuing its $360 million acquisition of Farelogix, an airline tech vendor, without waiting for approval from U.S. antitrust watchdogs. But it apparently didn't count on federal attorneys claiming they have text messages between Sabre executives acknowledging the anti-competitive nature of the deal.

2 days ago

American Airlines Will Make First Class Classier on Some Jets

American Airlines Will Make First Class Classier on Some Jets

Brian Sumers, Skift

People think airlines don't listen to customers. But they do, especially when revenue is at stake. American's most lucrative customers fly in first class, and when they're not happy, it's a problem. We're not surprised American is changing course on its short-haul first class product.

2 days ago

Ryanair’s UK Pilot Union Prepares for 48-Hour Strike

Ryanair’s UK Pilot Union Prepares for 48-Hour Strike

Peter Flanagan and Siddharth Philip, Bloomberg

Ryanair's cost control is the major reason the airline has been so successful. But if the airline wants to stay strong, it's going to have to figure out how to pay its pilots what they're worth. You can't run an airline without pilots.

3 days ago

United’s New Drinking Policy and 6 Other Aviation Trends This Week

United’s New Drinking Policy and 6 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in aviation, United cracks down on pilots' alcohol consumption, Cathay sees complications from the Hong Kong protests, and we take a close look at competition in the European short-haul market.

5 days ago

Low-Cost Carrier Ryanair Aims to Cope With Likely Strikes During Peak Season

Low-Cost Carrier Ryanair Aims to Cope With Likely Strikes During Peak Season

Irene García Pérez, Christopher Jasper, and Peter Flanagan, Bloomberg

Ryanair expects minimal cancellations if pilots in Britain and Ireland go ahead with a strike as planned. But anticipated moves in the next few weeks promise many labor actions. Ryanair passengers should keep an eye on their flight statuses.

5 days ago