Airline Industry News

Glitch Leaves 15,000 American Airlines Flights Without Captain

30 Nov 2017

An American Airlines scheduling glitch has allowed pilots to take time off during the Christmas week leaving about 15,000 holiday flights scheduled without a captain, a co-pilot or both.

The airline is scrambling to fill the empty cockpits after the mishap, offering overtime pay and flights to on-call pilots.

American officials “expect to avoid cancellations this holiday season, we will work with the [union] to take care of our pilots and ensure we get our customers to where they need to go over the holidays.”

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Urgent Deadline for Airline Insecticide Compliance

6 Dec 2017

New regulations from January 1st 2018 ban the use of harmful fluorinated greenhouse gas (F gas) in aerosol pesticides used on board aircraft. From that date, it will no longer be legal to use aerosol insecticides with a global warming potential (GWA) rating above 150.

Horsleys aircraft insecticide is safe and effective and fully compliant with the new F gas rules as well as World Health Organisation safety rules and guidelines.

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Hawaii’s Second Largest Airline Closes

10 Nov 2017

Island Air has announced Friday will be its last day of flying, after four-plus years of losing money every quarter.

Island Air CEO and president David Uchiyama said that the company had "exhausted all options that would have allowed us to continue and we have not been able to solidify any of those options within the timeframe needed," in an email to employees.

"We will need to work through this day with our heads held high knowing that we did all that we could do to provide an affordable alternative to interisland travel for our islands," he wrote. "Your dedication and loyalty to the service/experience that Island Air provided will not be able to matched."

The airline officially closes at 12:01am Saturday.

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Singapore Airline's New Business Class Beds and Suites

08 Nov 2017

Singapore Airlines has revealed their new luxury ‘suites’ in the sky. Thanks to an investment of $850 million in its aircraft interiors, the new suites look more like hotel rooms than aeroplane cabins.

There are six Suites at the front of the A380's upper deck, each decked out with a 76-inch-long bed (separate from the seat, which boasts a 270-degree swivel and a 45 degree recline), high speed wi-fi, a 32-inch high definition TV, Lalique amenity kit, leather-lined storage areas, and a touchscreen tablet for entertainment and lighting. The airline says it is focusing on giving their passengers more privacy on their travels.

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United Airlines' Last Boeing 747 Completes its Final Flight

08 Nov 2017

United Airlines, one of the first carriers to operate the Boeing 747, has retired its last model from service after 47 years. Passengers reportedly paid up to $550 for a ‘seventies’ themed trip, with a retro menu and cabin crew dressed in vintage uniforms.

Also known as ‘the Queen of the Skies’, the Boeing 747 was the world first jumbo jet and forever changed the face of plane travel.

United Flight 747 flew from San Francisco to Honolulu on Tuesday - the same route the first aircraft took in 1970.

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