Category: REGULATIONS & SAFETY

EU Suspends 80/20 Airport Slot Use Rule until End of October

Reading Time: < 1 minute The European Union has taken a bold step to help airlines and mitigate the damage to the airlines created by the coronavirus. The EU has suspended the 80/20 airport slot use rule until the end of the summer season. This move secures airlines with full flexibility in arranging their schedules and allows them to avoid […]

Game of Slots: Why Are Airlines Operating ‘Ghost Flights’?

Reading Time: 2 minutes In light of sharp decrease in air travel demand, recently the sky has been full of empty or nearly empty aircraft still operating on their routes. These flights are also referred to as ‘ghost flights’. What do you know about this phenomenon? As the name ‘ghost flight’ suggests itself, these are the flights without passengers […]

Turkey Bans Flights to and from Nine European Countries

Reading Time: < 1 minute Turkey is one of the latest major countries which announced about the outbreak of the coronavirus. In order to prevent the virus from spreading, Turkey has announced that it suspends flights to and from nine European countries. The list of affected countries includes Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands. This […]

Nowergian to Halt Over 4,000 Flights and Cut up to 50% of Staff

Reading Time: < 1 minute Norwegian, a low-cost carrier and Norway’s largest airline, has joined the army of airlines battling with dramatic decline in travel demand amid the global coronavirus outbreak. The operator has announced that it cuts over 4,000 flights by grounding 40 per cent of its long-haul fleet and cancelling up to 25 per cent of its short-haul […]

Trump Suspends Travel from 26 European Countries to the US

Reading Time: < 1 minute In light of major outbreak of coronavirus in Europe, Trump has announced about stricter measures to contain virus spread in the US. This includes suspension of travel between 26 European countries and the US for 30 days.  This restriction, which comes into effect at 11:59 pm on Friday, denies temporary entry to the US only […]

Boeing to Face $19.68 Million Fine for Unapproved Sensors

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the US has recommended to fine the Boeing company a $19.68 million for equipping some of its 737 aircraft with sensors which were not tested and approved. According to the FAA statement, during the period June, 2015, and April, 2019, Boeing installed Rockwell Collins Head-up Guidance Systems containing these […]

China Offers Airlines Financial Support amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Reading Time: 2 minutes On March 4, 2020, China’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAV) jointly issued a notice on offering financial support to airlines amid COVID-19 outbreak. As per the notice, direct cash incentives will be poured into supporting domestic and foreign carriers which operate international flights to/from China, in an effort […]

Spotlight on Questionable Pilot Training Requirements: 737 MAX

Reading Time: 2 minutes In light of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes, standards of pilot training both in the US, and on the global scale, have become a gray area. Especially in the context of pilots’ awareness of flight deck automation. While safety concerns are growing further, while Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) oversight and certification practices are still […]

Airbus Defines Liquid Prohibited Zone in Cockpits of A350

Reading Time: < 1 minute Following two un-commanded engine in-flight shut-downs caused by the inadvertent liquid spillage on the centre pedestal in the flight deck on Airbus A350 aircraft, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD). The initial results of investigations point out that after the liquids appeared on the system, abnormal operation […]

FAA Wants to Fine UPS $120,000 for Dangerous Goods Violation

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the US has proposed a $120,000 civil penalty against UPS “for allegedly violating the Hazardous Materials regulations”. According to the FAA, on 15 November, 2018, UPS, being aware of hazardous shipment contents, offered UPS Airlines to transport “loosely packed lithium batteries which had no protection from short circuit, were […]