The issue of gender equality and imbalance in airline services, particularly more senior positions, was a hot topic among over 200 airlines represented at the annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Sydney, with the predominantly male gathering agreeing more had to be done to address the issue.
But when Qatar Airways Chief Executive, Akbar al Baker, was asked about the issue among Middle Eastern airlines in particular, he answered with a provocative statement, drawing gasps from the crowd:
“Of course it has to be led by a man because it is a very challenging position,”
It’s not clear weather Baker was serious or trying to make a joke.
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An American Airlines jetliner headed to Phoenix was caught in a hailstorm and forced to make an emergancy landing in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday night.
None of the 135 passengers and crew was injured and the plane was able to taxi normally to the gate, the airline said in a statement.
Flight 1897 from San Antonio, Texas, to Phoenix was diverted “due to damage sustained by weather in flight,” the airline said in a statement, but gave few other details other than the plane sustained damage to “its nose and windshield” from hail.
The plane landed shortly after 8pm local time where the aircraft was evaluated by maintenance crews, the airline said. All passengers were taken on another plane to their destination.
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Nextjet announced on Wednesday it was filing for bankruptcy, and cancelled all its flights with immediate effect. Nextjet CEO Magnus Ivarsson made a public statement stating:
"It is deeply regrettable that the board is forced to make this decision. Especially for our passengers who are directly affected by this and for our staff, but also for our suppliers and partners,"
It’s no longer possible to book tickets on their website, and it urged passengers not to go to the airport and to contact a travel agency or their credit card company for more information. According to Nextjet if you paid for your ticket with a credit card you may be able to claim the money back.
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Kulula airways has launched a contest to the public for the chance to have a picture of their face on the side of a company aircraft for a ‘minimum of a week’.
Six lucky winners will be chosen based on “The funniest, silliest and wackiest faces submitted,” says the airline. The winners picture will be stretched across almost 40 feet to decorate the plane, and each winner also gets two free round-trip tickets to see themselves in the sky.
In order to enter the contest, participants need to sign up for the airline’s newsletter and upload their best “plane face.”
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Airline-loving Memphis couple Bess Wohlner and Jeremy Simons held a Delta themed wedding, kicking it off by announcing their engagement with a Diamond Status ‘save the date’ card, and they welcomed their guests with Tumi amenity kits from Delta’s first class cabin.
“Bess and Jeremy’s love for the airline began when they flew out of the Los Angeles hub for student assignments. Bess agreed to do a “mileage run” with Jeremy and purchase trips from one Delta city to the next to accrue SkyMiles. After 47 hours spent making two laps around the US without ever leaving an airport, he knew she was the one for him.”
The couple even got loaned a branded mat from Delta for the walk down the aisle, and The wedding party wore navy blue bridesmaids’ dresses and yarmulkes, complete with bright red accents.
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