Thursday, 9 October 2014

News roundup

Emirates Boss No Need For Plane Tracking Systems
The head of Emirates Airlines, one of the world’s largest carriers, said there was no need to improve modern aircraft tracking systems even after a commercial jet disappeared earlier this year, according to Spiegel magazine.
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on a Boeing 777 jet in March has led to calls for real-time tracking of aircraft, and an airline-industry-led task force is looking at ways of improving tracking.
Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, told the German online magazine that modern planes already had the necessary equipment but measures should be taken to ensure pilots can’t turn off tracking devices.





Will-i-am Throws a hissy fit at United.


Pop star 'will-i-am'  has lashed out at United Airlines for apparently giving away his seat after he arrived at the airport 45 minutes before departure.

The musician and Voice UK coach whose real name is William Adams. complained on Twitter that the US airline had given his first class seat on a flight from New York to China to another passenger.In a series of tweets, he said: "Make sure when you fly to china via @united you get to the airport 1day before because they'll give your seats away."Plane leave at 1:15 I got to the airport at 12:30... @united is the worse...I should have learned from the last @united experience.




Airline Cabin Cleaner Strike Over Ebola.

Nearly 200 airline cabin cleaners walked off the job at a New York City airport overnight, striking over health and safety issues that include fears over possible exposure to Ebola.

The protest involves Air Serv cabin cleaners in Terminal D at New York's LaGuardia airport, a contractor that serves Delta, as well as supporting workers from LaGuardia and JFK International airports. Protesting workers carried signs and chanted during today's rally, protesting against conditions that they say often find them encountering hypodermic needles, vomit and blood.

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Air France Strike Costs 500 Million

Air France-KLM has put the total cost of last month’s two-week pilots’ strike at 500m euros, sending its shares to a 13-month low.
Europe’s second-biggest network carrier by revenue had already revised down its target for 2014 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) from 2.5bn euros to between 2.2bn and 2.3bn in July. At the time, it mainly cited overcapacity on long-haul routes and weak cargo demand. The strike, combined with a warning note on forward demand, have added to its woes. 



The World's Oldest Airline is 95

Tuesday marks the 95th anniversary of Dutch carrier KLM, the airline generally regarded as the world's oldest airline. The company was established on Oct. 7, 1919.
KLM added a special "95 years" decal to one of its MD-11 jets, part of a series of KLM events this week meant to commemorate the occasion.   "Thanks to the efforts, pride, expertise and energy of our 33,000 employees, KLM is now the world's oldest airline still operating under its original name," said Camiel Eurlings, CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.




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