Monthly Archives: December 2017

Lufthansa becomes first airline in Europe with five Skytrax Stars

On December 4, 2017, Lufthansa received a fifth star from British aviation consulting specialist Skytrax, becoming the first carrier outside Asia and the Middle East with five-star certification from Skytrax. Earlier, the rating service gave five stars to Lufthansa’s first class, and now the entire airline received the award. The carrier attributed its achievement to […]

Unruly passenger incidents become fewer, but more serious

The number of serious incidents involving drunk and violent travelers increases and very often the cabin crew has no other option but to restrain unruly passengers physically. There were 169 incidents that involved restraint use in 2016 versus 113 in 2015, IATA said in a recent report. According to IATA’s statistics, the total number of […]

Azul and Turkish Airlines sign codeshare agreement

Azul, the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities and departures, and Turkish Airlines, the largest airline group in Turkey, announce the signature of a codeshare agreement effective as of December 8, 2017. Through the codeshare partnership, Turkish will add its code (TK) on Azul domestic flights. As a result, customers will be able […]

US airlines to ban smart bags with non-removable batteries

From January 15, 2018, American Airlines’ passengers traveling with battery-powered luggage must be able to remove the battery in case the bag has to be checked. If the battery cannot be removed, the bag will not be allowed. The carrier announced its new policy on December 1, 2017, as part of its “safety management and […]

US airlines to carry 51M passengers over holiday period – A4A

The industry trade organization Airlines for America forecasts that 51 million passengers are expected to fly globally on US airlines over the 21-day winter holiday travel period from December 15, 2017, until January 4, 2018, which indicates a 3.5% increase over the 49.3 million travellers estimated to have flown over the same period in 2016-2017. […]

Air New Zealand flights affected by Rolls-Royce engine problems

Air New Zealand had to cancel flights and make scheduling changes because of the maintenance issues with the Rolls-Royce engines on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft, the airline announced on December 7, 2017. The airline admitted the action is being taken following two recent incidents involving the Trent 1000 engines.   Two recent incidents involving Air […]

WFS Earns ‘Cargo Handler Of The Year’ Award in Miami for Third Year In-A-Row..

…For Its Commitment to Security, Technology and Innovation. Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) commitment to safety, security, innovation, service and the local community has earned it Miami International Airport’s (MIA) ‘Cargo Handler of the Year’ award for the third consecutive year. The annual award winner is chosen on the basis of its use of technology and […]

American Airlines solves pilot shortage glitch at a price

American Airlines announces that it has solved the problem of pilot shortage during the holiday period. The airline offered to pay 200% of the usual wage rate for those employees, willing to take up the understaffed flights, which are estimated to cause the company approximately $10 million. American Airlines issued a statement, claiming that it […]

Did Singapore Airlines miss… an airport?

On December 4, 2017 Singapore Airlines aircraft missed the runway of Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport instead heading off for a much smaller airport nearby, according to the local ATC. Singapore Airlines, in turn, deny that such incident occurred. The pilot allegedely mistook the assigned runway 9 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and flew towards […]

Japan Airlines invests $10M in supersonic plane

Japan Airlines made $10 million investment in Boom Technologies, a Denver-based startup that is developing a new-generation supersonic aircraft, which is expected to cut flight times in half. Two companies announced their partnership on December 5, 2017, claiming that their cooperation will “bring commercial supersonic travel to passengers. ” Under the agreement, JAL will be […]