Entries by Barry

Airline on collision course with pilots over strike  

Flybmi pilots in the Balpa union have been balloted over strike action. The threatened strike follows a wave of industrial action that forced Ryanair to cancel hundreds of flights over the summer.  Flybmi operates more than 600 flights a week across 10 European countries. It has a fleet of 19 Embraer jets and employs more than 400 staff and […]

Final call to end misery of flight delay compensation

A long-running campaign continues by consumer group Which? calling for airline passengers to be automatically compensated for delayed flights, rather than having to claim what they are due. Their research suggests that 13,076 flights arrived more than three hours late in the year to June, which would trigger an EU261 pay out if it was within the […]

Tui ‘comfort’ deal with CAA would cushion Brexit fallout 

Tui is in talks with the CAA over a bespoke 12-month transition deal to mitigate the fallout should there be a no-deal Brexit. The holiday company is negotiating a ‘letter of comfort’ to allow flights to continue as normal, despite Tui, in theory falling foul of EU ownership rules.  Twenty four per cent of shares are held by […]

Ryanair hopes for end to strikes after reaching deal with Irish pilots’ union 

Ryanair and its Irish pilots’ union have announced an agreement on their labour contract, potentially bringing to an end a summer of strikes. After several days of mediation, Forsa trade union said it would recommend that its members accept the agreement when it goes to a ballot. Ryanair said it would take the proposals to its board ‘in due […]

Aviation industry told to attract more female pilots 

UK press write that the male-dominated aviation industry needs to attract more women into the workforce to avoid the “impending crisis” of not having enough pilots, a senior executive has warned. Angela Gittens, director-general of the Airports Council International, said that if demand for flights continued to rise rapidly, men alone could not provide sufficient pilots. According to […]

L3 announce Instructor recruitment campaign with sponsored scheme available

L3 Commercial Aviation have announced an exciting opportunity to join their Flight Instructor team at their training centre in Bournemouth. You should consider this position even if you’re looking for an airline First Officer role. The FI rating cost is covered by L3 and the course is completed in house at their Bournemouth academy. In […]

Finnair launches Wi-Fi on European flights

Business Traveller Online writes that Finnair has launched Wi-Fi connectivity on its European flights, with six of the carrier’s narrow body Airbus fleet now fitted with the Viasat technology. The airline said that 20 of its short-haul aircraft will be fitted by the end of this summer, with the rest of its narrow body Airbus fleet expected to be connected […]

British Airways’ billion-dollar New York route  

In The Independent (Sunday) Simon Calder analysed the only billion dollar route in the world: British Airways‘ flights between Heathrow and New York JFK.  Last year, according to flight schedule specialist OAG, BA earned £1.04 billion (six per cent of its total revenue) on the link and the company also earned additional revenue on other routes to New York from London City and Gatwick, as well as its […]

Mixed Q1 for Wizz Air as profits take a hit 

Insider Media writes that Wizz Air has increased Q1 revenue past the €550m mark after enjoying a “very solid performance”. However, profits took a hit and it has taken the decision to trim its full-year growth target. The company operates a fleet of 104 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft, offering more than 600 routes from 25 bases, connecting 142 destinations […]

Norwegian to hire 40 pilots  

Norwegian is planning to hire 40 more pilots to be based in Dublin to serve its increasing number of transatlantic flights, including a new route between Ireland and Canada. The low-cost carrier’s recruitment push coincides with strikes by staff at Ryanair, its budget rival on short haul flights. Last year Norwegian hired more than 140 pilots […]