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Qantas Says Stopwork Will Not Affect Flight Schedules or Passengers

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Employees of MSS Security have planned a stopwork meeting, which will affect as many as 80 employees at Perth’s domestic terminal.  These employees take care of the security screening for Qantas, Qantas Link, and Jetstar.  The meeting will begin at 2:00 pm and will last one hour.  According to United Voice Assistant Secretary Pat O’Donnell, the meeting was planned at a time when there is a shift change to minimize any possible disruption.

Despite this, O’Donnell does warn passengers to expect delays.  The stopwork meeting was called after months of negotiations with MSS and is an attempt to get their attention without bringing the terminal to a standstill.  The issue is regarding a pay increase for employees.  Qantas has indicated that there have been contingency plans put into place by the security company so there will be no major flight delays or dsiruptions.

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Changes to British Airways Bangkok-London Flights Coming

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

British Airways has announced they will be making changes to their Bangkok-London flights, changes that will take effect on October 27.  The changes will include the switch to smaller aircraft for the flights, from the Boeing 747-400 jumbo jets to the Boeing 777-200s.  As well, the flights will change to daytime departures from Bangkok and all flights will land at Heathrow’s new airport terminal 5.

The changes were brought on by the termination of BA’s cooperation agreement with Qantas, which affected their route from Australia to England via Thailand.  The timing of the current Bangkok-London flight is such that is makes for a convenient transfer for Qantas passengers.  Qantas switched their partnership to Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world.  Daily frequency of flights will continue.

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Eruption of Volcano Causes Flight Disruptions in Alaska

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, Pavlof Volcano in Alaska erupted during the weekend, releasing a plume of ash up to 22,000 feet high.  The U.S. Geological Survey reported that there were continued tremors on Monday, despite the fact that clouds made it impossible to get a visual on the volcano.  Geologist Chris Waythomas said that in terms of seismic activity, the volcano has been fairly steady over the last 12 hours.

The ash cloud did not rise high enough to cause problems for international air traffic, but it has reached heights that would interfere with the flights of smaller planes.  Regional carrier Penair, which is based in Anchorage, had to cancel a dozen passenger and cargo flights that were scheduled to fly to several remote communities on Sunday, including the community of Sand Point, which reported minor ash fall in the area.

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United Airlines Resuming Dreamliner Flights

Monday, May 20th, 2013

United Airlines is resuming Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights, with the first flight headed to Chicago and departing Houston at 11:00 am on May 20.  This comes after months of the Dreamliner being on the ground after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other authorities around the world halted all Dreamliner flights due to safety issues with the batteries on the planes.  This was an embarrassing situation for Boeing, which had delivered 50 planes to various airlines.

 

Christen David, a spokesperson for United, said the passengers on their first flight did not seem worried about flying on the plane.  There had been a strong demand for the flight as soon as the tickets went on sale.  United is planning on first using the Dreamliners on shorter domestic flights before launching the aircraft for international flights, which are scheduled to begin on June 10 with flights from Denver to Tokyo and temporary service from Houston to London.

 

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Air India About to Resume Dreamliner Flights

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Air India, the national carrier for India, is planning to resume Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights next week.  The airline owns six of the Dreamliner jets and an official with the airline said they are performing test flights today.  The unnamed official said they plan to resume commercial flights next week and that international flights might begin as early as three weeks.  India’s directorate general of civil aviation Arun Mishra has said they are satisfied with the improvements to the battery system.

 

The Dreamliner was grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in mid-January, a move that was followed by regulators around the world.  This came after two incidents that involved the plane’s batteries, a fire on one parked plane and a smoking battery on another plane inflight.  Boeing has created a new battery system that has been approved by the FAA.  Air India ordered a total of 27 Dreamliners from Boeing.
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Cebu Pacific Cancels Flights Due to Bird Strike

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

On Thursday, Cebu Pacific had to cancel flights to and from Boracay due to wing damage on the 70-seater plane they use on the route.  The airline reported cracks on the wing of the plane due to an impact from hitting a bird.  The airline apologized to customers, hundreds of which were affected by the cancelations.

 

Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and distribution, said Cebu Pacific canceled four domestic flights to and from Boracay.  The company issued a statement on Thursday that indicated they were performing a thorough check on the plane before putting it back into service.  Affected passengers were put onto the next available flights to Caticlan and Kalibo and they were given travel vouchers and meals.
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