Air Travel News 10.19.10

Air, Air Travel News, Canada, France — By on October 19, 2010 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Yeomans

LG Air Travel News Editor

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird….it’s a plane! No….it’s your weekly air travel news! Here’s what’s happening in the world of aviation, from the ground up.

No Fuel For You!

Due to job actions targeting several French oil refineries and depots, airlines flying into the Charles de Gaulle airport outside of Paris are being told to have their aircraft arrive with enough fuel to depart.  Strikes like these have been going on for weeks but this one will hit the tourism industry particularly hard.  The strikes are in retaliation to the announcement that the President intends to raise the national retirement age from 60 to 62.  The French like la bonne vie and that apparently doesn’t include working an extra 2 years…

Source:  Businessweek

Things Looking Up For Delta

Delta Airlines is re-hiring 1000 flight attendants, many of whom had been on voluntary furlough from the airline.  Foreign language proficiency is in high demand for the international flights with the focus on Mandarin, Japanese, Dutch and Spanish.  Training for these jobs will start in January.  The airlines flight attendants are also in the process of voting either for unionization with the Association of Flight Attendants – CWA or to remain unrepresented.  Big changes could be in store for the Delta/Northwest merged airline.

Source:  SFGate

Empty Threats

Remember back in April when the airlines all predicted doom and gloom and cancelled flights after the Department of Transportation implemented fines for long tarmac delays?  Well, all was for naught…the airlines as a whole only logged a  1% cancellation rate for August 2010, matching that of August 2009.  In addition, the major carriers reported only 8 flights delayed longer than the cut-off of 3 hours since the fines became a reality compared to 529 (!) delays in the same prior time period.  I guess all it took was the proper incentive!

Source: LATimes

The Little Airline That Could

It’s been in threatened for a while, but it looks like it will be a reality…Porter Airlines will no longer have a monopoly on the Toronto City Airport.  Starting in February, Air Canada will gain access and will be operating 15 daily Montreal flights.  Porter is fighting back and I am solidly on their side.  Self-described as offering a ‘refined in-flight experience’, everything from their airport lounges to their comfortable leather seats (2×2…no middle seats!), to their complimentary in-flight beverages – beer and wine included – backs up their claim.  Power to the Porter!

Source:  Jaunted

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