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Japan Air to Cut 1,400 Administrative Jobs in Cost-Cutting Plan

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Japan Airlines Corp., Asia’s largest airline by sales, will fire 1,400 administrative staff as it struggles to meet its cost reduction plans.
The cuts will reduce the airline’s administrative staff from about 5,800, according to Kojiro Waki, a JAL spokesman.
Japan Air will form a new department called the “Customer Experience Division” to improve service [...]

Qantas axes 123 jobs in Bangkok following cabin crew base closure

Posted in Airline News, Qantas 3 comments

123 Thai nationals have been left unemployed following Qantas’ decision to close its cabin crew base in Bangkok.
The airline, which blamed the closure on a slump in international travel demand, said the base was no longer viable.
The Australian carrier had previously embarked on a large recruitment drive for offshore cabin crew in a [...]

Kingfisher fires 90 cabin crew in two months

Posted in Airline News, Kingfisher Airlines 3 comments

Late last year, a public furore created by Jet Airway’s decision to lay off 1,900 employees in one go forced the airline to reinstate them in less than a week.
Its rival Kingfisher Airlines seems to have learnt a lesson from the whole episode. So, now when Vijay Mallya’s airline is sacking people, it is being [...]

2-Aer Lingus staff face job cuts and pay cuts

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Aer Lingus (AERL.I) will cut wages and probably jobs to ensure the loss-making Irish airline survives, its chairman said on Friday.
The former state carrier is burning through its cash reserves fast and generating spiralling losses through a vicious combination of declining sales and high labour costs, a legacy of its history as a state-owned company.
“I [...]

Singapore Airlines Remains Atop the List in a Tough Year

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It’s been one of the toughest years yet for Singapore Airlines. The company reported a net loss of 307.1 million Singapore dollars (US$212.5 million) for the quarter ended June 30, compared with a net profit of S$358.6 million a year earlier — the airline’s first quarterly loss in six years. Singapore Airlines carried 19% fewer [...]

British Airways Celebrates 90 Years Leading The Travel Industry

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British Airways celebrates 90 years of leading the travel industry, since Transport & Travel Ltd (a precursor to British Airways) launched the world’s first commercial flight which departed from London to Paris on August 25 1919.
Since then, the airline has carried more than 1.2 billion customers on its extensive route network, and become recognised as [...]

Qantas closes Bangkok cabin crew base

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Qantas Airways Ltd has shut its cabin crew base in Bangkok, leading to about 123 Thai nationals losing their jobs, according to media reports.
The airline has decided to close the Thailand base because of falling demand for international travel.
With Bangkok now closed – Auckland, London and Tokyo are the three remaining off shore [...]

Qantas axes 123 cabin crew jobs

Posted in Cabin Crew News, Qantas 8 comments

Qantas has closed its cabin crew base in Bangkok – one of three overseas – leading to a loss of about 123 jobs because of a big slump in demand for international travel.
The airline previously embarked on a large recruitment drive for overseas cabin crew in a bid to cut labour costs and dilute the [...]

Chief Purser Clocks 30,000 Hours in Air

Posted in Cabin Crew News, Korean Air No comments

A chief purser for Korean Air has flown more than 30,000 hours on airplanes, a record for a South Korean national, according to the airline. Park Gilyeong’s time in the air is roughly equivalent to three years and five months.
The 56-year-old, whose position involves duties such as managing the cabin and flight paperwork, said the [...]

AI begins to get restive unions off warpath

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In a meeting that went on for about 10-hours on Tuesday, Air India (AI) chairman Arvind Jadhav has finally managed to break the deadlock.
Among 14 employees unions, the All India Cabin Crew Association (AICCA) has accepted the management’s move to cut performance-linked incentives (PLIs) by 50 pe rcent.
AICCA has about 3,500 members. Though the numbers [...]

ANZ reaches agreement with A320 cabin crew

Posted in Air New Zealand, Cabin Crew News 2 comments

Air New Zealand (ANZ) appears to have resolved a long-running dispute with cabin crews that work on its Airbus A320s.
The Star Alliance carrier says its subsidiary Zeal 320 has reached an agreement with the Engineering, Printing & Manufacturing Union that represents the A320 cabin crew that work for Zeal 320.
Zeal 320 is a company that [...]

Air NZ, cabin crew resolve long-running pay dispute

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A year-long dispute between Air New Zealand and cabin crew over pay on the trans-Tasman route has been settled.
The national carrier says a new collective agreement is being presented to flight attendants for ratification.
The cabin crew is employed by the airline’s subsidiary, Zeal 320. Workers argued they were paid less than crew working for Air [...]

Delta’s lie-flat seats

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New seats on Delta to lie almost flat
Delta Air Lines is adding business-class seats that recline almost flat on all flights from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco to compete with United Airlines and Virgin America.
Those new seats recline 150 degrees, Delta said Tuesday in a statement. The Atlanta-based carrier also said [...]

Air New Zealand profit down 90 pct, bumpy outlook

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National carrier Air New Zealand said there are signs demand for travel is stabilising but the environment remains turbulent as it reported a 90 percent fall in profit on Thursday.
The airline said the global recession had hit air travel hard and it has been cutting jobs and capacity to cope with lower passenger numbers.
“This result [...]

Airline competition has become an international team game

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Continental Airlines was deep in merger talks with United Airlines in April 2008 as soaring fuel costs seemed to threaten their survival.
A linkup of the two carriers would have allowed them to combine networks and consolidate airport operations, trim flights and staff and gain pricing power with suppliers and consumers.
It would have put them [...]

‘Mile high’ sex romp stewardess on assault counts

Posted in Cabin Crew Stories, Qantas No comments

LISA Robertson, the stewardess made famous after her ”mile-high” romp with film star Ralph Fiennes, has been charged with assault.
Police confirmed yesterday that a St Kilda woman had been charged with a series of assault-related offences following an altercation outside a Barkly Street restaurant on August 16.
She has been charged with recklessly causing serious injury, [...]

Emirates Continues To Recruit Crews From Ethiopia

Posted in Cabin Crew News, Emirates Airline 28 comments

Emirates Airline recruited nine cabin crewmembers on December 1, 2008 from Ethiopia and will conduct its next recruitment in Addis Abeba in February 2009.
Emirates have been making several regular cabin crew recruitments since it started service to Addis Abeba in March 2006. Out of the total 160 applicants in November 2008 at the Hilton [...]

Continental Pilots Say No Deal On Pay, Benefits

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The pilots’ union at Continental Airlines Inc. said Wednesday they have reached tentative agreements on parts of a new contract but not on major issues including pay and benefits.
The union and the company have been negotiating since July 2007 on a deal to update the current contract, which became amendable on Wednesday.
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The union wants [...]

Flight Attendant Loses In Bid To Sue Continental

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A former flight attendant for Continental Airlines who was fired for inappropriate behavior on a flight in 2002 has lost an attempt to sue the company for age discrimination.
In a ruling released Monday, a state appeals court upheld a lower court ruling dismissing the lawsuit filed by Melissa Mersmann and ordering her to pay $2,500 [...]

Watchdog Urges Korean Air To Stop Sexist Hiring

Posted in Cabin Crew News, Korean Air No comments

South Korea’s official human rights watchdog urged Korean Air Lines Co. on Wednesday to stop banning male job seekers from applying for flight attendant positions, saying the policy violates a law banning sex discrimination.
However, Korean Air said it has no intention of abiding by the watchdog’s advice because it “seriously” violates an individual company’s rights [...]

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