Lufthansa Pilots Propose Talks Over Pay, Benefits

Lufthansa Pilots Propose Talks Over Pay, Benefits

  German pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has proposed restarting talks with Lufthansa over pay and early retirement benefits but does not rule out further strikes during the negotiations. The dispute has resulted in eight strikes at Lufthansa this year, the latest one lasting for 30 hours earlier this week and affecting thousands of passengers. […]

Air Berlin, Alitalia Sign Codeshare Deal

Air Berlin, Alitalia Sign Codeshare Deal

  Air Berlin and Alitalia have agreed to cooperate on over 400 routes from later this month, hoping to boost ticket sales. The airlines, both battling to return to profitability, said the codeshare deal would cover 412 flights between Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Strict foreign ownership regulations mean it is difficult for airlines in […]

MH17 Crash Items Recovered Despite Nearby Clashes

MH17 Crash Items Recovered Despite Nearby Clashes

  Four Dutch experts and local emergency services made a start on Monday recovering personal belongings from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines MH17 in east Ukraine, despite fighting nearby. But the leader of the Dutch team coordinating the repatriation mission said the aim was still to get a Dutch team on site to comb […]

Air France Puts Pilot Strike Cost At €500 Million

Air France Puts Pilot Strike Cost At €500 Million

  Air France-KLM has put the total cost of last month’s two-week pilots strike at EUR€500 million (USD$632 million), enough to wipe more than a fifth off the group’s estimated full-year core profit. Air France in July revised down its target for 2014 EBITDA earnings from EUR€2.5 billion to between EUR€2.2 billion and EUR€2.3 billion. […]

Eurocontrol Wants More Info Sharing For Safety

Eurocontrol Wants More Info Sharing For Safety

  Eurocontrol has fleshed out a plan for countries to share non-public intelligence in conflict zones to help airlines avert tragedies such as the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Frank Brenner, director general of Eurocontrol, told Reuters news agency that his organisation is pressing the ICAO task force for member states to share the […]

CSA Czech Airlines To Lay Off A Third Of Staff

CSA Czech Airlines To Lay Off A Third Of Staff

  CSA Czech Airlines will lay off a third of its staff, including pilots, as part of a restructuring hastened by a drop in demand exacerbated by the stand-off between Ukraine and Russia, the company said. CSA has been selling assets and shrinking its fleet in an attempt to reverse losses that have dogged the […]

Air France Cancels 60 Pct Of Flights As Strike Continues

Air France Cancels 60 Pct Of Flights As Strike Continues

  The pilot strike at Air France has entered its second day with the two sides apparently no closer to resolving a dispute over cost cuts that has forced the carrier to cancel 60 percent of flights. The airline said it expected to operate “at least 40 percent of its flights” on Wednesday, based on […]

Russia Says Ukraine Responsible For MH17

Russia Says Ukraine Responsible For MH17

  Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu blamed Ukraine for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine and was quoted as saying the tragedy would never have happened if Kiev had not taken up arms. “The catastrophe happened in the air space belonging to Ukraine, which bears full responsibility for what happened,” he […]



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