Airline Industry News

30 Percent of Flights Cancelled in Air France Strike

07 apr 2018

Around 30 percent of Air France flights were cancelled as strikes over pay rises intensified, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

The strikes are affecting both domestic and international flights in at Paris' Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports. This strike is Air France's fifth since February, and the number of cancelled flights is only rising, with Air France warning passengers to check the status of their flights before coming to the airport.

Air France unions want 6% pay raises after years of salary freezes, but Air France is only offering 1%, saying they can’t afford any higher. The strikes have been costing Air France around €20m (£17.5m) a day.

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After Recent Troubles With Pet Flying, Airline Group Creates Program to Keep Travelling Animals Safe

05 Apr 2018

The international airline program is called the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics. The program creates benchmarks and certifies the best practices for transporting animals to ensure quality standards for the animals travelling. The certification program adds to the groups regulations for handling, labeling, and documentation required for pets in transit, and a comprehensive classification of the needs of thousands of different species.

The program is for each part of the industry that deals with animals, including airlines, airports and ground handlers.

Senior vice president for cargo at the International Air Transport Association, Nick Careen, said in a statement:

“As an industry, we have a duty of care to ensure that standards and best practices are in place around the world to protect the welfare of these animals,"

The new effort follows a series of unfortunate cases of involving animials on flights, including a French bulldog puppy who died after a flight attendant told it’s owner to put him in the overhead bin. In two other cases, dogs in cargo were put on the wrong flights, including one dog being sent to Japan rather than Kansas City.

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Hong Kong Airline Ends its Skirts Only Uniform After 71 Years

31 Mar 2018

The Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific has decided to end its skirts-only policy that's existed for 71 years since the airline's founding in 1946. Now female flight attendants can choose to wear trousers or skirts.

According to a report from the South China Morning Post, about 2,500 female Cathay Pacific cabin crew were in favour of wearing trousers. Cathay Pacific has about 7,000 female attendants out of a total cohort of 10,000.

Although many people feel this is a step in the right direction, Cathay Pacific has said that the changes will take 3 years to be rolled out, which has lead some members of the public to condemn this choice, with one twitter user writing:

“3 years to swap out? They could easily make a point of rushing it through or at very least allow women to buy their own trousers in the interim.”

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American Dog Stranded In Germany After Airline Refuses To Let Him Fly

31 Mar 2018

Joey, a 9-year-old Beagle/Australian Shepherd mix, was left stranded in Germany after his family (including cat molly) flew back home. Joey’s owners John and Dawn MacEnulty had been living in germany for the last year, but when they flew back home to the US, they discovered Joey had been refused flight.

United Airlines had suspended their pet cargo program a few weeks prior due to a number of incidents involving dogs, and recommended the MacEnulty’s use Gradlyn Petshipping. Unfortunately, when the couple arrived back at the airport, they recieved an email telling them Joey had been refused air travel as they were afraid that he would hurt himself during the flight. He had already destroyed 2 airline-approved dog carriers and lacerated his nose in attempts to escape and find his family.

John has now flown back to Germany to regroup and is trying to figure out how to get Joey home.

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United Airlines Plans to Let Passengers Pay for Priority Boarding

10 Mar 2018

Airlines as of late have been increasingly charging customers for add-ons such as pillows and extra luggage space - but United Airlines have now proposed a decision that could upset a lot of air travellers.

United want to let passengers pay an extra $9 to board in Group 2, also known as priority boarding. This could cause queuing issues and space problems for passengers boarding later in the already stressful process.

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