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UK-bound planes can land in Spain

19 April 2010

Flights bound for Britain from outside Europe which are not able to land there due to the volcanic ash cloud will be allowed to land in Spain instead under a deal reached on Sunday between the two nations.

The deal will allow passengers bound for Britain from Asia, Latin America and North America to fly to Spain and from here reach their final destination either overland or by ferry, it said.

Spain is offering the use of some Spanish airports as a intercontinental platform,‘  Spanish Transport Minister Jose Blanco told a news conference, adding flights from other continents could land in Spain from where passengers could make their way to other destinations in Europe by road or rail.

source: Straits Times

Sleeping passenger left on plane

7 April 2010

A British law professor is slamming Air Canada after the airline left him asleep on a plane for 90 minutes after it landed – and he woke up in a hangar at Vancouver International Airport.

Kris Lines says he’s not satisfied with the airline’s claim that the flight attendant was preoccupied with several wheelchair passengers and didn’t check the rest of the cabin.

Air Canada offered Lines a “one-time saving” of 20 per cent on up to four tickets “as a gesture of goodwill.

source: The Gazzette

Spanish air hostesses pose naked to publicise unpaid wages

2 April 2010

The nine flight attendants with the now bankrupt Spanish Air Comet airline posed naked or semi-naked for a calendar to “continue to publicise their situation and demand a solution“.

The airline failed to pay staff for up to nine months before it finally filed for bankruptcy last December.

The company had debts of around 160 millions euros (£142m) when it folded including unpaid wages.


Canada agency to review airline pet policy

27 February 2010

The Canadian Transportation Agency will review a policy at the country’s biggest airlines allowing cats in the cabin to see if it interferes with air travel for allergic customers.

The independent tribunal announced the review on Thursday after ruling that three people who are allergic to cats are, in effect, persons with disabilities because the airlines’ pet policies affect their ability to fly.

The passengers had complained about Air Canada, the country’s biggest airline, its regional carrier Jazz Airline, and WestJet Airline, the No. 2 airline in Canada.

source: Reuters

Kingfisher Airlines to join Oneworld Alliance

24 February 2010

Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. said Tuesday it has signed an initial pact to join the Oneworld Alliance, comprising 11 global carriers such as American Airlines and British Airways.

Kingfisher, controlled by billionaire Vijay Mallya, also applied to India’s civil aviation ministry to seek approval for its membership of Oneworld, India’s biggest airline by market share said. The airline will add 58 cities in India to the Oneworld network, expanding the alliance’s total network to 800 destinations in nearly 150 countries.

source: The Wall Street Journal

Air Berlin to increase stake in Niki Lauda’s airline

17 February 2010

German carrier Air Berlin on Tuesday confirmed that it is planning to raise its stake in its Austrian partner Niki, the airline of Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda. The German budget airline said it is “in advanced negotiations” on increasing its share and indicated that its board of directors would discuss the matter on Tuesday.

So far, Lauda’s budget carrier has profited from the Austrian Airlines takeover last year because the European Commission gave the go-ahead on the condition that the enlarged Lufthansa group hand over landing rights to Niki.


EasyJet denies skirting French labour charges

26 January 2010

EasyJet put its staff in French airports on British labour contracts in an attempt to avoid the costly welfare contributions required under Gallic employment legislation.

Prosecutors called for the low cost carrier to be fined €225,000 and be ordered to pay more than €10 million in outstanding social security charges as easyJet went on trial yesterday on charges of flouting French labour law. The case follows a lawsuit filed by unions and social security officials.

The company denied the claims and told the court in Creteil outside Paris it had no obligation to register employees under French labour contracts at the time of the alleged offences between 2003 and 2006.

source: Times Online

Ethiopian airliner was on fire before crash

26 January 2010

An Ethiopian airliner that crashed off the coast of Lebanon was on fire before it plummeted into the Mediterranean with no known survivors.

Although Lebanese government officials were quick to rule out terrorism, they confirmed witness accounts of a “ball of fire” falling into the sea. An investigation into the cause of the crash has been launched. According to one aviation expert, speaking anonymously, the aircraft probably caught fire after what he described as a “fuel tank ignition event” that may have had nothing to do with the weather.

Until yesterday, the airline had not been involved in a major crash since November 1996, when a Nairobi-bound passenger jet was commandeered by hijackers and was forced to crash land in the Indian Ocean, killing 125 people on board.


Breast implants cost 120 New York flights for Finnair flyers

21 January 2010

First it was free flights, hotel rooms and magazine subscriptions. Now, Finnair Oyj, Finland’s biggest airline, has a new idea for attracting frequent flyers: free plastic surgery in exchange for air miles.

About 1.3 million flyers are enrolled in Finnair’s loyalty program. Earning the 3.18 million points for breast augmentation surgery requires 120 round-trip, business- class flights between Helsinki and New York, according to a points table on Finnair’s Web site. Miles earned with the airline are valid for five years.

source: Bloomberg

New airline fills Globespan slots at Glasgow

19 January 2010

A new airline is to operate out of Glasgow Airport following the collapse of Flyglobespan. Kiss Flights, which operates from eight UK airports outside Scotland, will be offering 12 summer routes to Mediterranean destinations from April. They include Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.

Flyglobespan was grounded on 16 December when its Edinburgh-based parent company, Globespan, was put into administration.

source: BBC News