It happened again: flight attendant goes ballistic
An American Airlines flight attendant disrupted a flight Friday morning as it was about to take off from Dallas-Fort Worth en route to Chicago, saying over the aircraft intercom system that the plane was going to crash, alluding to 9/11 terrorist attacks and ranting about the airline's bankruptcy reorganization, passengers said.
It started as a routine, uneventful day. Passengers on American Airlines Flight 2332 were settling in for a trip to Chicago when suddenly a flight attendant took over the public-address system and launched into a rant that included references to 9-11 and the safety of their plane.
At first puzzled, then frightened, several passengers wrestled the flight attendant into a seat while the plane was still on the ground at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. >>More..
Bankruptcy returns as a tool to crack unions
With $4 billion cash in hand, why did American Airlines' parent company declare bankruptcy in November?
Taking a page from its competitors, American decided the billions in concessions and two-tiering its unions had given since 2003 -- plus the millions extracted from governments in tax breaks and subsidies -- wasn't enough.
Executives chose to dump worker pensions and retiree health care so they could purchase new planes and lift their share price. >>More..
Air Canada pilots brace for low-cost fight
The head of Air Canada's pilot's association says he's worried the airline's plan to start a low-cost carrier is just a way of outsourcing good jobs to other countries while offering no benefit to Canadians.
That's what Paul Strachan told the CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange in a recent interview. The head of the pilot's association worries that Air Canada's plan to launch a low-cost domestic carrier could simply be a red herring that would allow the airline to download the costs of the new venture on to the legacy carrier, while any new revenues move to a subsidiary.
He pointed to the example of Australia's JetStar, which started as a low-cost arm of Qantas for domestic flights in Australia. But it quickly grew to become a major cog in the carrier's Asia operations, all while operating outside its traditional business model so employees and travelers didn't see the same level of benefits. >>More..
India's Kingfisher request pilots not to strike
Kingfisher did not say how many pilots had threatened to stop work >>More..
APA, AAL's union ousted a number of its members including numerous former TWA pilots
A group of American Airlines pilots said its members were abruptly ousted without reason from official positions in its union, the Allied Pilots Association. >>More..
SIA to commemorate B747 retirement
The last passenger B747 jumbo out of service next month >>More..