Airbus A350 Wins European Safety Approval

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Published: September 30, 2014

EASA, Europe’s aviation regulator has awarded safety approval for the Airbus A350, completing the regulatory steps needed for the aircraft to start flying passengers. The European Aviation Safety Agency said Airbus had demonstrated the airworthiness of its first mainly carbon-fibre jet during over a year of flight trials and called it a “mature aircraft”. The […]

Lufthansa Pilots’ Strike Hits Frankfurt Long-haul

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Published: September 30, 2014

Lufthansa pilots threatened further strike action on Tuesday as they began a 15 hour walkout at Frankfurt airport in a row over retirement benefits. The pilots, represented by union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), are striking from 08:00 and 23:00 local time on long-haul routes from Frankfurt. The strike, which affected around 9,000 passengers, is the longest […]

Lufthansa May Use Lease Back For LCC Plan

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Published: September 29, 2014

Lufthansa may hire a third party to operate 14 A340 aircraft it plans to reconfigure for long-haul budget flights to get around the need for pilots’ approval of its no-frills expansion, Der Spiegel reported. Weekly Der Spiegel said that Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr was considering renting out the A340s earmarked for long-haul low-cost services […]

Airbus Set To Win A350 Certification

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Published: September 29, 2014

Airbus looks set to win European safety certification for the A350 on Tuesday, people familiar with the plans said. The stamp of approval will allow the wide-body airliner to enter service once the first production model has been tested and delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways, which the companies expect to happen in the fourth […]

FAA Reviewing Contingency Plans, Security

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Published: September 29, 2014

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has asked for a review of all US air traffic control contingency plans and security policies, following a fire on Friday that crippled air travel over much of the Midwestern US. Speaking at an industry conference, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta said the agency won’t hesitate to make changes in […]

Lufthansa Strike To Ground Long-Haul Flights

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Published: September 29, 2014

Lufthansa has cancelled 50 long-haul flights to and from Frankfurt after its pilots called a strike for Tuesday in a dispute over their early retirement scheme. The strike is scheduled to run between 08:00 and 23:00 on Tuesday but its knock-on effects mean that flights via Frankfurt will be disrupted between late Monday and early […]

Lufthansa Pilots Plan Tuesday Frankfurt Strike

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Published: September 29, 2014

Lufthansa pilots will strike on Tuesday after talks over an early retirement scheme broke down again, taking out long-haul flights from Frankfurt between 08:00 and 23:00 local time. The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union said long-haul aircraft would not fly from Frankfurt. A spokesman for the union estimated that 70 to 80 flights would be affected. […]

Air France Pilots Call Off Strike

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Published: September 28, 2014

Air France pilots have called off their two-week strike, despite continued deadlock with managers over the development of the firm’s low-cost operations. The pilots launched their strike in an effort to force Air France-KLM to revise plans to expand its low-cost unit, Transavia, fearing that the project would erode their own pay and conditions. However, […]

Europe Allows Gadgets To Stay On During Flights

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Published: September 27, 2014

Airline passengers will be able to use smartphones and tablet computers throughout their entire flight, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Friday, which could also pave the way for airlines to offer wireless communication services. Current regulations in Europe require passengers to keep their devices set to air mode to stop them emitting […]

Air Berlin Cancels USD$5 Bln Boeing Order

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Published: September 27, 2014

Air Berlin has cancelled orders for Boeing aircraft worth a total of USD$ 5 billion at list prices as it strives to curb spending and return to profit. Air Berlin, 29-percent owned by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, has been cutting jobs, costs and unprofitable routes after a period of rapid expansion left it saddled with debt. […]

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