Entries by Barry

KLM mark Fokker 70 fleet retirement with special livery

KLM are retiring their fleet of Fokker 70 aircraft by the end of the year and they have unveiled a special farewell livery to commemorate the phasing out of its last remaining Fokker 70 aircraft.    The Fokker 70 and previously Fokker 100 has been the backbone of the airlines short haul fleet over the 2 decades […]

Singapore Airlines are to restructure after poor financial results

Singapore Airlines has announced it will become the second Asian legacy carrier to re-structure in a bid to restore increased profitability. Last month Cathay Pacific announced 600 job losses and SIA have said the will perform ‘a radical review of their business’. Singapore Airline’s chief executive Goh Choon Phong said he would be ‘leaving no stones unturned’ in […]

LEVEL commences operations and announces further expansion plans

IAG new low cost long haul airline LEVEL which launched operations on 1st June continues to attract strong forward bookings. Willie Walsh, head of IAG has said the airline’s performance so far in terms of revenue has been well ahead of expectations. The airline began selling tickets in March and sold 100,000 in the first […]

What are the challenges flying through Africa?

Africa is a vast continent and although their aviation infrastructure has improved over the last 10 years they are still way behind North America and Europe. Weather: Weather forecasting particularly en-route can be poor and unreliable. Often we rely on other aircraft ahead to report CB’s and turbulence. Weather can become extremely developed especially close […]

This week we look at aircraft checklists. Why and when are they used? 

 Checklists are so important in flight operations. If done correctly and methodically they are a vital check to ensure the aircraft is correctly configured for the next phase of flight. This is one regulatory bodies definition of an aircraft checklist: A checklist system is to be used by crew members for all phases of operation of the […]

Newly launched Cyprus Airways set up S7 Airlines codeshare 

Russia’s S7 Airlines has announced a codeshare agreement with newly launched Cyprus Airways, which began operations on June 1 with a Larnaca to StPetersburg Airbus A319 service.  The flights are performed 3 times a week, according to S7 Airlines. A connection for Rhodes and Heraklion flights, which Cyprus Airways will begin later this month, will be available for passengers from St Petersburg. 

Unite Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew announce further Strike Action at BA

British Airways come up against further problems. After the IT meltdown 10 days ago which came with some very damaging PR to BA the union Unite have announced plans for a 4 day strike beginning on June 16th. Unite represent the ‘mixed fleet’ contracted cabin crew at British Airways Heathrow base only and the dispute […]

Emirates under fire over treatment of Taiwanese Cabin Crew

Emirates is under fire after insisting their Taiwanese cabin crew remove pins from their uniform displaying their islands flag.A leaked email suggests the airline was told by the Chinese government to ‘follow the One China policy’, Emirates subsequently told its crew to wear Chinese flags instead, but this request was later withdrawn. Flag pins are […]

Ryanair announce record profits

Ryanair have announced record profits for the last financial year of €1.32 billion (£1.14 billion). As predicted fares fell 13%.Ryanair says it expects fares to fall this year too but not as sharply, they predict somewhere in the region of 5% – 7%. The airline is looking to expand by acquiring more aircraft quicker than […]