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Finnair Wants to Outsource Some Cabin Crews

Times are tough for Finnair. It's lucrative business connecting Asia and Europe via Helsinki has been all but shut down thanks to the closure of Russian airspace. As such, the airline is seeking more cost savings. Its latest move is...

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American, Delta, and United Face Pilot Strife

Meanwhile across the Atlantic, American, Delta and United were dealt blows — though none really unexpected — from their pilots unions. The Allied Pilots Association, which represents cockpit crews at American, rejected an offer by the airline that included pay...

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American Near Pilots Deal

American is near a tentative agreement with its pilots union, the Allied Pilots Association, that would include at least 12 percent raises, CNBC reported. First officers at the airline would start at around $110 an hour under the accord. The...

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British Airways, Alaska Secure New Pilot Deals

British Airways and its pilots have a new contract deal, multiple outlets reported last week. If ratified, it would end fears of a strike by BALPA, the main union representing pilots at the airline. For British Airways, removing the strike...

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FAA Rejects Republic’s Pilot Hours Waiver

In a blow to Republic Airways, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration last week rejected its request for a waiver of the 1,500-hour rule for new pilots. The regulator repeatedly shot down Republic's claims that training through its Lift Academy was...

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Contour’s Pilot Staffing Lessons

They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. That maxim is proving true in the U.S. regional airline sector as it looks to combat a pilot shortage that threatens air service to small communities across the country. SkyWest Airlines’...

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American vs United on Pilot Pay

United Airlines' new accord with pilots may not be the slamdunk airline and union leaders hope it is. Following the news that American Airlines offered its pilots a nearly 17 percent raise in a proposal sent to the Allied Pilots...

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United Pilots Vote on New Contract

Pilots at United Airlines are voting on a new labor accord approved by leaders at their union, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). The two-year agreement includes an up-to 14.5 percent pay increase, eight-weeks paid maternity leave, and other quality...

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Alaska Pilots Vote to Authorize Strike

Alaska Airlines pilots voted 99 percent in favor of a strike if their union, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), and the airline fails to reach a new contract. To clarify, a strike is not imminent. The U.S. National Mediation...

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Outgoing Allegiant CEO on The Pilot Shortage

Outgoing Allegiant Air CEO Maurice Gallagher shared a blistering takedown of the U.S. pilot production pipeline in his last letter to shareholders. "We are facing a chronic scarcity that will last for years given the known retirements and the projected...

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Cape Air CEO Calls For Unity on Pilot Shortage

Cape Air CEO Linda Markham is worried that airlines are doing the industry a disservice in pursuing individual approaches to boosting pilot supply as the industry works to ease the shortage in the U.S. “I almost wish there could be...

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Pilots Union Sues American Over Training Practices

American Airlines faces a lawsuit from its pilots union over what the latter claims are labor law violations that speak to the airline's lack of preparedness for the upcoming peak summer travel season. The issue turns on who accompanies a...

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