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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 after the pilots demanded salary and benefit changes that would put them on par with airline pilots in other nations. Among other things, the pilots also want reduced working hours…

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…

World Leader and Aviator: King of The Netherlands Reveals Secret…

In an interview with Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf, King Willem-Alexander revealed that he has secretly been flying as a KLM pilot twice a month for 20 years. Flying KLM's fleet of Fokker 70 aircraft, the 50-year-old Dutch king considers flying as a "hobby" and states that it lets him leave…

Cargo Pilot Christiaan van Heijst: A Visual Look From 35,000…

Recently, AirlineGeeks had the opportunity to interview Cargolux pilot Christiaan van Heijst. We asked him a series of questions that could be beneficial or interesting to the common aviator, aspiring pilot or budding aviation enthusiast. Christiaan is popular amongst social media and other platforms for the sheer quality of his…

A Pilot Explains Hail and How It Can Effect An…

So who flies into a hail storm? The short answer is nobody does this on purpose. This past Friday, a Delta A320 (flight 1889) with 125 passengers and five crew was enroute from Boston to Salt Lake when it ran into some hail near Denver. The aircraft was heavily damaged…