Gol’s shareholders vote to amend ownership restrictions

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes (G3, São Paulo Congonhas) shareholders have voted in favour of a restructuring of the carrier's overall ownership in an effort to improve the carrier's appeal to potential foreign investors. In the wake of Brasilia's decision to increase the limit on foreign ...

British airlines announce switch to US system of two in the cockpit at ALL times – Daily Mail


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British airlines announce switch to US system of two in the cockpit at ALL times
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... Authority has written to all UK operators following Tuesday's tragedy asking them to review their flight deck protocols. Already Monarch, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook said they will implement a new two crew rule, while Jet2, Flybe and ...
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European aviation chiefs FORCE British Airways to carry an extra person in the … – Daily Mail


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European aviation chiefs FORCE British Airways to carry an extra person in the ...
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'We remain in close contact with all UK airlines, and it is the individual airline's responsibility to determine how to comply with this recommendation, following a review of their cockpit security procedures.' BA has declined to explain its reasoning ...
Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Concealed Depression From AirlineWall Street Journal
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Former JetBlue pilot who had midair meltdown sues airline for letting him fly – The Guardian


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Former JetBlue pilot who had midair meltdown sues airline for letting him fly
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A former JetBlue Airways Corp pilot whose midair meltdown forced an emergency landing of a 2012 flight on Friday sued the carrier for $14.9m, saying it should have grounded him because it knew he was incapable of flying. Clayton Osbon, 52, filed his ...
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German airline could face ‘unlimited’ damages for crash blamed on co-pilot – CTV News


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German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for crash blamed on co-pilot
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Under a treaty governing deaths and injuries aboard international flights, airlines are required to compensate relatives of victims for proven damages of up to a limit currently set at about $157,000 -- regardless of what caused the crash. But higher ...

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Norwegian Long Haul to set up bases in Paris, Barcelona

Norwegian Long Haul (DU, Oslo Gardermoen) has selected Paris Orly as its next longhaul base Tore Østby, the director of investor relations for parent Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen), has disclosed. According to Danish aviation portal check-in.dk, Østby told a conference in Oslo last week that ...

Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Concealed Depression From Airline – Wall Street Journal


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Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Concealed Depression From Airline
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BERLIN—Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who crashed an airliner into a French mountainside, was being treated for depression, a fact he concealed from his employer, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Mr. Lubitz had been ...
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China’s Hainan Airlines to order thirty B787-9s

Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) is planning to place an order with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for thirty B787-9s the carrier said in a disclosure to the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The order, valued at USD7.7 billion at list prices, should see the jets delivered through to 2021. The Chinese carrier ...

Wizz Air to replace Ukrainian subsidiary with new Kiev base

Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) says it will wind up its Wizz Air Ukraine (WU, Kiev Zhulyany) subsidiary operations on April 20 in line with the ongoing restructuring of the Group's operations in Ukraine. "Following the removal of two aircraft from Ukraine last year, further capacity refinement and ...

How do airlines monitor the mental health of pilots? – New Scientist


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How do airlines monitor the mental health of pilots?
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The criteria are stringent and, from the regulatory point of view, there are very clear exclusions for airline pilots who might have psychological problems. For example, if you have a history of self-harm, personality problems, major depression and so ...
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Airlines in Thailand Face Bans Over Safety Concerns – New York Times


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Airlines in Thailand Face Bans Over Safety Concerns
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Jarumporn Chotikasathein, the president of Thai Airways, said the airline would have to cancel “about five” charter flights planned for the April holiday schedule. He said his airline and other Thai carriers would also undergo increased inspections by ...
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Egyptair suspends Sana’a flights following Saudi-led air raids

EgyptAir (MS, Cairo Int'l) is the latest international carrier to indefinitely suspend its services to the Yemeni capital of Sana. As with Gulf Air (GF, Bahrain), which suspended its services yesterday, the Egyptians cite the country's deteriorating geopolitical landscape for the suspension. On ...

Lufthansa reverses course, will now adopt a “two person” cockpit rule

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Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has shifted its previous position and will now adopt a “two person” cockpit policy according to CNN for the entire Lufthansa Group. Yesterday in a press conference, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr stated he felt their current procedures were sufficient although he left open the possibility the group would discuss this policy with German authorities. While having a second person in the cockpit at all times is not the complete answer, it may have prevented the Germanwings tragic crash.

Our informal poll yesterday showed our readers favored this change by almost a nine to one ratio. There was strong public pressure on Lufthansa (and other airlines) to make this change.

As we previously reported, Norwegian, easyJet and Air Malta have already made this change. Air Canada, WestJet, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates and Airberlin have also adopted this policy. Ryanair, following the lead of the FAA and U.S. airlines, already had this policy in place before the accident.

CNN’s interview with Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr:

 


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China Southern Starts A380 Beijing – Amsterdam Service from June 2015

Update at 1320GMT 27MAR15

China Southern today (27MAR15) has announced it’ll be operating Airbus A380 aircraft on Beijing – Amsterdam route, starting 20JUN15. The A380 service will be replacing existing Airbus A330-300 operation, once a day.

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Note the A380 schedule is currently updated until 24OCT15 inclusive.

Air Malta joins the growing list of airlines and changes its cockpit policies

Air Malta (Malta) has updated its Cockpit Policy and issued this statement:

The devastating airline incident this week has sparked a discussion around the world about how crew policies can be improved to enhance passenger safety.

Our thoughts are with the family members of these passengers as well as our colleagues around the world.

Air Malta is committed to continually improving its safety policies and maintaining its impeccable safety record.

In light of this, we have decided with immediate effect to make it compulsory to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times.

This measure complements our other security procedures already in place.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 9H-AEH (msn 2122) taxies at Zurich Airport (Kloten).

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America’s biggest airlines are accusing Persian Gulf carriers of cheating – Vox


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America's biggest airlines are accusing Persian Gulf carriers of cheating
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We have a similar agreement with Qatar, home to Qatar Airways. One stipulation of these agreements is ... The Gulf airlines counter that equity investments are not subsidies, that cheap labor and cheap airport fees simply reflect a pro-business policy ...
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Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz hid a medical illness from the airline

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German investigators have discovered a medical leave note from a doctor issued for Germanwings first officer Andreas Lubitz (above) that included the day of the French Alps crash, the Dusseldorf public prosecutor’s office said, according to CNN.

Lubitz tore up the medical leave slips and kept the undisclosed illness secret from his employer. It is suspected the illness could have prevented him from advancing in his aviation career.

Note: The German prosecutor has just confirmed it was a medical illness (not a mental condition). It has been reported he was deemed “unfit for work” and was hiding this information according to German investigators.

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Southwest Airlines launches a new advertising campaign

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has issued a new round of TV commercials and advertising campaign  which spotlights funny moments in life.

The airline issued this statement:

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Southwest Airlines has launched its latest advertising campaign in conjunction with existing placements airing during the NCAA Tournament. Working with agency partner GSD&M in Austin, Texas, Southwest’s new campaign brings to life those human moments audiences can relate to, balanced with Southwest’s humorous personality and position as the inventor of Low Fares.

“Southwest Airlines continues to reinforce the importance of connecting Customers to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel,” said Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “Our personality shines through in these ads, but beyond the college visits and wedding dancing we can have fun with, you’re going to see an airline that works hard to keep fares low and flying accessible with a strong emphasis on the hospitality our Employees deliver day in and day out.”

The campaign, filmed throughout the Los Angeles area, features a cast of characters and Employees who embody Southwest’s bold and warm attitude. A 30-second launch spot that began airing Tuesday, March 17, during men’s college basketball championship games on CBS, TBS, and TNT, highlights a series of college visits made possible through the airline’s low fares and 86 U.S. destinations. The second spot launches tonight and re-visits a dancing bridesmaid who began her journey through a busy wedding season with Southwest just last Fall. Southwest Employees also get into the act to promote the airline’s legendary low fares. Through this campaign, Southwest is reinforcing its unique personality and role as the inventor of Low Fares in the airline industry while also continuing its brand evolution.

The ads will run nationally for four weeks. Southwest released the first two of the four ads last week, and received positive comments from the airline’s fans and followers. The airline plans more activation on Facebook and Twitter around the new campaign in the coming weeks.

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Jet Airways announce first international flight from Ahmedabad – Times of India


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Jet Airways announce first international flight from Ahmedabad
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As part of the airline's plan to enhance global connectivity from India's emerging metros, the introduction of this new service will allow guests to avail of multiple travel options through Abu Dhabi to destinations in Europe, North America, Africa ...
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Alps plane crash: Thomson Airways changes cockpit regime in wake of … – Manchester Evening News


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Alps plane crash: Thomson Airways changes cockpit regime in wake of ...
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A spokesman for the company said the safety and security of its passengers was the airline's highest priority. French prosecutor Brice Robin said the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight was alone at the controls and 'intentionally' sent the plane into ...

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