Southern Air Pilots Vote to Adopt New Standards

In a vote that saw an overwhelming majority of Southern Air pilots vote in the affirmative, a Letter of Agreement (LOA) that will raise pilot standards at Southern has been approved. The two-week long vote began on July 25 and closed on Thursday, achieving a 94.76 percent margin to ratify…

Australian REX Accuses Rivals of Stealing Pilots

Australian regional airline Regional Express, also known as REX, has accused domestic rivals Qantas and Virgin Australia of hiring large numbers of its pilots. In practices referred to as "rapacious", "selfish", and "irresponsible", REX has said that the two larger competitors have hired around 17 percent of its first officers…

Ethiopian Airlines Operates First All-Female Crew Flight in Africa

In a historic feat, Ethiopian Airlines operated the first ever intra-Africa with an all-female crew. The flight, Ethiopian Airlines flight 901, departed from Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa to Lagos, Nigeria. Female flight dispatchers, check-in staff, pilots and cabin crew were all involved for this historic flight. The flight, operated by…

A Pilot’s Perspective: Air Berlin’s Controversial Farewell Maneuver in Dusseldorf

"Tower, this is Ghost rider requesting a flyby." "That’s a negative Ghost rider, the pattern is full." The famous quote that springs to mind when watching the video of an Airbus A330-200 'aborting' a landing, flying above the runway at 140 knots before, rather unexpectedly, banking to the left and…

Colombia’s Avianca Allowed to Hire Foreign Pilots to Combat Strikes

Aerocivil, the civil aviation authority of Colombia, is allowing Bogota-based Avianca to hire pilots from other countries in order to fly aircraft that have been grounded by striking pilots. Avianca made the decision after more than 700 of the company's 1,300 Colombian pilots opted to strike. The strike came about…

jetBlue Seeks Additional Applicants For Gateway Select Pilot Program

New York-based jetBlue is seeking new applicants for its Gateway Select program, an initiative that trains candidates with no flying experience to become first officers for the airline. With the initial six members of the program completing their initial flight training for their private pilot license, jetBlue is opening a…

Delta to Expedite Promotions for MD-88 ‘Mad Dog’ Pilots

Being promoted from a first officer to a captain can be a lengthy process, taking sometimes up to ten years to receive the promotion. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines plans to offer faster promotions for junior pilots entering the airline industry. The only guideline is that new pilots must fly the…

A Pilot’s Personality: An Interview With Suneil Banerjee

In a quest to find the best pilot social media personalities, there is certainly one name that is hard to overlook. Suneil Banerjee, known on Instagram as @the787dreamlife, is a first officer for British Airways on board their Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Suneil also maintains his own travel blog, and…

The ‘Neo’ Kid in the Fleet: What’s New for the…

On Wednesday, easyJet took delivery of their first Airbus A320neo. The aircraft, registered G-UZHA, was the first of what will be many deliveries that will take place over the next five years. 99 A320neos and 30 A321neos (starting from Summer 2018) will be handed over from Airbus in the coming…