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  • BALPA poll sounds the alarm

    More than half of Britain’s airline pilots have fallen asleep in the cockpit according to a recent poll of 500 pilots commissioned by the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA). The survey came ahead of a vote in the European parliament on 9th October on proposals to set out maximum working hours for pilots and other airline staff. We spoke to Piers Applegarth, BALPA spokesperson.
     

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  • Will Brazilian airports be ready for football World Cup ?

    Nine months away from the FIFA World Cup, and things are hotting up in every way in Brazil to be ready for the big day in São Paulo, the economic powerhouse of the country where everything is being done to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of tourists.
     

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  • Air France to downsize once more...

    As part of their “Transform 2015” plan which aims at regaining their competitivity, the CEO of Air France, Frédéric Gagey, presented a new voluntary redundancy plan concerning 1,800 ground staff positions to a works committee on 4th October.
     

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  • Air France has redesigned its economy class

    At a time when Air France is planning to reduce its workforce by 2,800 jobs next year, the company has unveiled a new offer for its economy class. Meals, audiovisual content, seats, everything has been redesigned.
     

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  • Lufthansa celebrates Oktoberfest !

    Lufthansa is back into Oktoberfest time. On the occasion of the German beer festival which begins this year on September 21, some of the national airline crews have already begun their 31st. Bavarian ! And it's not the only surprise in reserve for passengers !
     

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  • Swiss eagerly await their first CS100...

    With the first successful flight of the CS100, on September 16 at Mirabel in Canada, the future Swiss acquisition is now at hand. The Swiss company has ordered a total of 30 CS-100’s.
     

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  • When fingerprints facilitate Passport Control

    World leader in the field, Morpho (Safran Group) has developed a system for automated passport controls. Used by 23 airports in the world, this technology allows a fast and secure procedure ! Here’s how…
     

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  • United States : no controls for the "lucky" !

    To optimize security checks at its airports, the US Transportation Security Administration initially thought of allowing short bladed knives and baseball bats in the cabin but ultimately, will extend an existing system.
     

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  • U.S. Airways - American Airlines merger in the balance ?

    Announced in February, the U.S. Airways / American Airlines merger has been blocked since this summer by a complaint from the American Department of Justice ( together with other interested parties ) for the probable "lessening of competition"! It will therefore be up to the courts to decide on the marriage of the two giants. A short overview follows...
     

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  • Backlash against "Chirac Tax" !

    Established in 2006 to fight against pandemic illnesses in developing countries, the solidarity tax on airline tickets or "tax Chirac " doesn’t come cheap, particularly for French companies. So its announced increase of over 12% in 2014 is getting a lot people’s backs up !
     

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  • Etihad flying nannies…

    To relieve parents on its long-haul flights, Etihad Airways has launched a dedicated child care programme. By the end of the year, 500 "air nannies" and will entertain the youngest passengers at 10,000 metres altitude! A world's first ?
     

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  • The reconstruction of an airport runway

    This summer, the main runway of Toulouse Blagnac airport has been completely reconstructed. But what are the particularities of such a site? We followed them during 10 weeks of work...
     

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  • Air New Zealand celebrates first in-flight gay marriage

    On August 19, Air New Zealand celebrated the first gay marriage in the air during which two lesbians said "yes" at 9,000 metres altitude !
     

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  • Sleeping cabins for airports

    Hotels of a new genre have emerged in the United Kingdom, Singapore and the United States. Located at airports, small cabins allow connecting passengers to rest before their next flight. They are rented by the hour and are always full. Come take a look at Gatwick airport’s "Yotel".
     

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  • Ryanair takes on Ryan Irwin

    The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has just hired Ryan Irwin, and from September he will be at the controls of a 737 as a co-pilot. What makes him unique ? His age: Ryan is only 19 years old. But what does the legislation stipulate ?
     

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  • Robot guide to Geneva airport...

    Even though there is a slight resemblance, it’s not R2-D2 from "Star Wars”; but the trendy new guide at Geneva airport. A robot, that upon your arrival, takes you around according to your desires
     

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  • British Airways enters Guinness World Records !

    British Airways enters Guinness World Records !
     

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  • Please turn off your cellphone !

    The pilots of a chinese company had to cancel a landing probably due to interference caused by an in-use mobile. So what are the risks? Is the 'airplane mode', although not allowed in flight, really problematic ? Here’s the latest...
     

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  • Saturated European airports by 2035...

    Eurocontrol, the organisation in charge of European air traffic management, recently carried out a study of future tendencies in the domain; the result of which indicates that twenty European airports may be saturated within the next 20 years. Why ? What are the consequences ? What are the solutions ?
     

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