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by on June 25, 2020
Pakistan's state-run airline announced Thursday it would ground 150 pilots on charges they obtained their pilot licenses by having others take exams for them. Abdullah Hafeez, a spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines, said the decision comes after a probe into last month's PIA crash that killed 97 people in the city of Karachi. Hafeez, without sharing specific details, said a process to remove the 150 pilots who possessed tainted licenses had been initiated. ...
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by on June 25, 2020
Qantas about to sack 6000 employees as part of a drastic three-year recovery plan from the COVID-19 pandemic, with the airline's chief executive Alan Joyce saying the reality is these roles "are jobs we don't see coming back for a long time". Mr Joyce expects the airline's redundancy bill to reach $600 million, as another 15,000 workers at Qantas remain stood down during the industry-wide crisis. "Our position is our position. Irrespective of what happens with JobKeeper or an alternative m...
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by on June 23, 2020
The on-duty air traffic controller and the approach tower controller have reportedly told the Air Investigation Board (AIB) that the pilot of PK-8303, Sajjad Gul, ignored repeated instructions, causing the death of 97 people in a subsequent crash near Karachi airport last week. The written replies to the AIB stated that on May 22, PK 8303 was handled by the Approach Tower Controller from Lahore to Karachi. The task of landing the aircraft was then transferred to ATC, 10 nautical miles before ...
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by on June 22, 2020
A leading Seattle design firm has unveiled a concept it claims will help stop the spread of the coronavirus in aircraft passenger cabins by redirecting the air that flows from above each seat to create an invisible barrier around each passenger. As airlines struggle to restore confidence in the safety of air travel, the design firm Teague is heavily promoting its idea even though it remains an unproven and unapproved concept. “The AirShield concept is now entering its engineering development pha...
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by on June 21, 2020
India’s largest airline reported its outcomes yesterday. What was shocking was the quantum of the loss at 870.8 crores. Indigo attributes this to the affect of COVID-19, coupled with the weak point of the rupee, which has resulted in a spike in prices. Certainly, it is extremely telling that for an airline that's so targeted and disciplined, there was a 30% rise in prices. It follows that other airways, which neither have the identical value competitiveness nor the cost position, are prone to...
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by on June 20, 2020
As demand plummeted, values fell 2% to 22% between January and May 2020 for five-year old aircraft, and lease rates by 4% to 26%. Airbus reduced its wing production on factories in Broughton, Filton and Bremen, and reduced working hours in the sites. Its French and Spanish sites suspended production for several days before a partial resumption on 23 March. Monthly production was cut to four A220s, forty A320s, two A330s and six A350s. Airbus delivered 122 aircraft in the first quarter, 40 ...
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by on June 20, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the aviation industry due to the resulting travel restrictions as well as a slump in demand among travelers. Significant reductions in passenger numbers have resulted in planes flying empty between airports and the cancellation of flights, which in turn massively reduced revenues for airlines and forced many airlines to lay off employees or declare bankruptcy.  Here the details till today ( Incomplete list ). This list is incomplete; yo...
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by on June 19, 2020
Qatar Airways will lay off some Pilots, Engineers, & Technicians and reduce the salaries of others by as much as a 30 %  due to the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Pilots will be included in previously announced job cuts, the sources said, while others will have their salaries reduced by 20 percent to 35 percent.  The airline employs more than 46,000 people, according to its website, meaning the layoffs could affect about 9,200 wo...
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by on June 17, 2020
The aviation regulator is investigating AirAsia India after one of its pilots, who runs a popular YouTube channel called Flying Beast, alleged violations of safety norms by the low-cost airliner, senior DGCA officials said on Monday.   Gaurav Taneja tweeted on Sunday that he has been suspended by AirAsia India “for standing up for safe operations of an aircraft and its passengers”. On Monday, he posted a detailed video on YouTube titled “Reasons behind suspension from my pilot job”. ...
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by on June 16, 2020
The major crisis in aviation has hit the Lufthansa Group hard. The Group has confirmed its personnel overcapacity figures reaching 22,000 full-time positions across its companies. The Group has already informed the representatives of the trade unions, provided information to Lufthansa works councils and explained in the Group Economic Committee. The number of 22,000 extra jobs affected by the pandemic crisis is one of the biggest in the aviation sector as for now. Notably, these staff cuts...
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by on June 14, 2020
VietJet Air flight VJ322, an Airbus A321, suffered a runway excursion after landing on runway 25L at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The aircraft came to rest on the right-hand side of the runway, about 1100 m from the runway threshold.   ...
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by on June 12, 2020
Airbus announced that already the third BelugaXL has rolled out of the paint-shop in Toulouse. The first operational flight of the giant took place on 9 January, 2020. The BelugaXL was awarded Type Certification by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in November 2019, following an intensive flight test campaign that saw the BelugaXL complete more than 200 flight tests, clocking over 700 flight hours. As for now, this is the third BelugaXL out of six which saw the light of day....
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