It happened again: flight attendant goes ballistic

March 09, 2012 by Sophie

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

March 07, 2012 by Victor

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

March 07, 2012 by Gossiper

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

March 05, 2012 by Victor

Kingfisher did not say how many pilots had threatened to stop work

APA, AAL's union ousted a number of its members including numerous former TWA pilots

March 1, 2012 by Gossiper

A group of American Airlines pilots said its members were abruptly ousted without reason from official positions in its union, the Allied Pilots Association.

SIA to commemorate B747 retirement

February 19, 2012 by Victor

The last passenger B747 jumbo out of service next month


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