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Lufthansa Makes New Offer to VC Pilots’ Union

Deutsche Lufthansa AG has made the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union (VC) a new offer to resolve the present industrial dispute. The company is now offering a two-step 4.4% increase in remuneration plus a one-off payment. Remuneration would be increased by 2.4% for 2016 and by a further 2.0% for 2017. This latest offer is not […]

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Chinese Carriers Accelerate International Expansion Pace

Chinese carriers have accelerated their international expansion pace as outbound travel continues to grow. In October, Beijing-based Air China experienced an 18.6% year-over-year (YOY) growth in RPKs on international routes. Shanghai-based China Eastern reported a 30.4% YOY growth; Guangzhou-based China Southern posted a 23.9% YOY growth; and Haikou-based Hainan Airlines saw a 47.4% YOY growth. […]

Airbus Pursues Autonomous Air Taxi Research Project
Airbus Group to Cut Net Total of 934 Jobs

European planemaker Airbus is to cut a net total of 934 jobs as part of a previously announced restructuring aimed at stripping out bureaucracy and simplifying its brand. Airbus Group said it would be cutting 1,164 jobs while also creating around 230 positions in other areas – confirming details released earlier by a French trade […]

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Finnair Prepares for Possible Flight Cancellations

Finnair is preparing for possible individual flight cancellations due to working restrictions set by the Finnish Pilots’ Association. In unforeseen cases, Finnair might not have enough pilots to operate certain flights due to the restrictions placed by the Finnish Pilots’ Association. These restrictions include a ban on pilots working additional flights and pilot roster changes […]

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UPDATED: Plane with 72 Onboard Crashes in Colombia

An aircraft with 81 people aboard, including a Brazilian football team, crashed in central Colombia, and rescuers are moving survivors from the site, the country’s civil aviation association said on Tuesday. “Six people were rescued alive, but unfortunately one died. The rest of the occupants unfortunately died. The tragic toll is 76 victims,” Jose Gerardo […]

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Turkish Airlines Stores 30 Aircraft Amid Weaker Demand and Coup Attempt

Turkey’s flagship carrier Turkish Airlines will store 30 aircraft due to weaker economic demand, recent terror attacks and a failed coup attempt. A total of 15 Turkish Airlines aircraft will be stored at Antalya Airport (THY), website Airporthaber reports. 13 Airbus A330 and 2 Boeing 737-800. 4 Airbus A320 are currently parked at Ankara airport. […]

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The Helmet That Gives Air Force Pilots X-Ray Vision

When Major Will Andreotta began flying for the Air Force in 2006, he had to do a lot of work. He was training on the F-16, a fighter jet first deployed in 1978, and almost everything was analog. “I would tell my wingman to target something, then call over: ‘Confirm your this, because I’m seeing […]

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Vereinigung Cockpit Calls for Strikes Again

Pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has called on its members to strike again. The next walkouts have been announced, this time with a duration of two days. This Tuesday, on 29 November, there will be strikes affecting all short-haul flights from 00:01 to 23:59. And for the following day, Wednesday, 30 November, strikes affecting all […]

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First A350-1000 Successfully Completes First Flight

The first of three A350-1000 development aircraft to fly – MSN059 – has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 15.00hrs local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted four hours and 18 minutes. The crew in the cockpit on board this flight comprised: Hugues van der Stichel, Experimental Test Pilot; Frank Chapman, Experimental […]

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France Promises 50 Years of Support to Indian Rafale Jets

The most eye catching detail about the Rafael deal disclosed in the Indian Parliament was product support to the 36 combat jets for 50 years. The Indian Government on Tuesday disclosed some details of the $ 8.85 billion deal to purchase French combat aircraft. Among them is a promise by French company Dassault Aviation to […]