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Ryanair Requests Third-Party Mediator in Face of More Pilot Strikes

Europe's largest low-cost carrier, Ireland's Ryanair, has proposed third-party mediation in an attempt to stem the almost relentless strike-action by its pilots in recent weeks. The airline has suggested Kieran Mulvey, formerly of the Irish Labour and Workplace Relations Commissions and a specialist in employee/employer relations, act as a mediator to put an end to the strikes. Friday, Aug. 3 saw the fourth in a series of strikes by the Irish-based pilots, with a fifth planned for Aug 10. The action,…

South African Airways to Begin Restructuring to Combat Financial Woes

South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jaraya has admitted that "tough decisions" are required in order to save the continent's largest carrier from financial ruin. On the verge of collapse, Jaraya indicated a streamlining of the airline's 10,000-plus workforce, as well as an assessment of the suitability of the airline's current…

Saratov Airlines Ordered to Cease Operations in Wake of Fatal…

Russian regional carrier Saratov Airlines, the airline involved in February’s fatal accident outside Moscow which resulted in the deaths of 71 people, has been ordered to cease operations by the Russian Transport Ministry due to continued discrepancies in its flight operations. The accident occurred on Feb. 11 when Saratov Airlines…

Alaska and Southwest Win J.D. Power Awards

Alaska Airlines won the J.D. Power award as the highest ranked airline in customer satisfaction in North America for the 11th year in a row. The airline ranked highest among traditional carriers according to the 2018 North America Airline Satisfaction Study. Southwest Airlines won for the second year in a…

Opinion: We Brought Tomato Juice-gate Upon Ourselves

For those who aren’t in tune with this week in airline outrage, the bean counters at United came up with a brilliant idea to cut costs. United Airlines announced that it will no longer cater tomato juice on any of its flights. This announcement comes at the heels of their…

Trip Report: Comparing Qatar’s A350-900XWB Business Class with the 777-300ER…

Two weeks ago, AirlineGeeks traveled to Doha, Qatar, for the 31st Annual IATA International Ground Handling Conference. This year’s conference, the first one to take place in the Middle East, was being hosted by Qatar Airways and Qatar Aviation Services, their ground handling subsidiary, and would focus on advancing a…

Group from Northwestern Looking to Make Inflight Wi-Fi Better Than…

When the first commercial aircraft took to the skies in the early part of the 20th century, and for even decades after, flying was an escape from the world below. For two, five, even ten hours, passengers were disconnected from the world thousands of feet below them. But as the…

Innovative Aircraft Cabin Interior Designs Honored at AIX2018

The Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) was held in Hamburg, Germany this week, an industry event which has in the past attracted over 16,000 attendees. AIX 2018 is described as ‘the world’s leading event for airlines and the supply chain to source the latest innovations, technologies and products for the cabin…

Lufthansa Group Introduces New Slimline Seat Design for A320s

The Lufthansa Group announced a new seat that will be featured across every Airbus A320 family aircraft in their combined fleets. This will mark the first time that Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian Airlines will all have standardized seats on select fleet type. Seats will be featured on all short and…

British Airways Introduces New Cabin for Gatwick Based 777s

British Airways has announced a cabin refresh for their long haul fleet based at London Gatwick. The new upgrades are for passengers in the World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins on the airline's Boeing 777s based at London Gatwick. The cabin updates on the 10 plane fleet is expected…