British Airways to offer cabin crew jobs for summer 2022

British Airways has today announced that it will be opening its doors to new cabin crew recruits to work for the airline from Spring 2022 to help fly its summer schedule.

The airline has already contacted people in the company’s existing talent pools, which holds the details of people who left the business last year but have expressed an interest to return to the airline, when jobs are available.

In addition to the experienced crew members looking to return, the airline is also appealing to a broad range of people to create the most diverse crew workforce in its 100-year history.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO said: “After 18 long months of closed or restricted borders across the world, we are finally seeing a demand for travel return as countries start to open up and ease their restrictions. This means that we can finally get back to doing what we do best – flying our customers around the world. As we look ahead to next summer, we are excited to start welcoming brilliant new people and former colleagues back to the British Airways family.”

“Everyone is welcome at British Airways; we have an opportunity to give people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to see the world and help shape the future of our airline. We know that there are people looking for the first step in their career or a complete career change. We will value the skills and experience they will bring to the role to help serve our customers.”

Camille John, British Airways cabin crew Inflight Manager, said: “I joined British Airways from Harrods, where I worked in the womenswear department. The airline combines all the things that make me passionate about my job – giving great customer service, working with incredible people and of course, serious style!”

To incentivise new starters, the airline is also waiving its policy around the need to do six months at the airline before accessing staff travel.

Unlike other UK airlines, British Airways offers its cabin crew the chance to fly long and short-haul routes across its network which means that the team gets the chance to experience global destinations from Barbados to Berlin, giving individuals access to travel to more cities than any other airline.

Applications are now open and assessments will take place throughout November. The airline will be fast-tracking its recruitment schedules with the hope of getting people in for its first training courses in January to enable them to take to the skies by March 2022.

Crew will be able to earn up to £28,000 a year with flying/duty pay and a tax-fee subsistence allowance, as well as generous company benefits.

People who would like to apply to the airline can do so through the British Airways careers site at www.careers.ba.com

Spirit Airlines is coming to Ponce, Puerto Rico

Spirit Airlines announced plans to serve Ponce via Mercedita International Airport (PSE), adding to existing options in San Juan (SJU) and Aguadilla (BQN).

Spirit is starting service at PSE with daily flights to Orlando (MCO) launching Feb. 16, 2022. MCO is one of Spirit’s largest airport operations with around 70 flights each day, which will provide one-stop options between PSE and more than a dozen cities throughout the country.

Spirit Airlines One-Stop Options to/from PSE: 

Atlanta (ATL)

Baltimore (BWI)

Cleveland (CLE)

Columbus (CMH)

Detroit (DTW)

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)

Hartford-Bradley (BDL)

Houston (IAH)

Minneapolis (MSP)

Nashville (BNA)

New Orleans (MSY)

Pensacola (PNS)

Philadelphia (PHL)

Pittsburgh (PIT)

Spirit flew its first flights to Puerto Rico in 2001 when it inaugurated service to San Juan. The airline followed up in 2007 with an expansion to Aguadilla. Adding Ponce will provide Spirit’s Guests with eight nonstop route choices for travel between airports throughout Florida and Puerto Rico.

Thai to resume services on 36 international routes on October 31

Thai Airways International Airbus A350-941 HS-THJ (msn 177) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 955511.

Thai Airways International has announced it is resuming operations on 36 international routes to Europe, Asia and Australia on October 31, 2021

Thailand will allow fully vaccinated visitors from initially 10 low-risk countries to enter Thailand with no quarantine requirements starting on November 1.

Top Copyright Photo: Thai Airways International Airbus A350-941 HS-THJ (msn 177) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 955511.

Thai aircraft slide show:

More from Bangkok Post:

https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/2197755/thai-airways-to-resume-international-services

AirAsia restructures its airlines under AirAsia Aviation Limited

AirAsia made this announcement:

As AirAsia’s rapid transformation from an airline into a digital travel and lifestyle services group continues to gain strong momentum, the holding company for the airline Group has been officially renamed AirAsia Aviation Limited.

Bo Lingam, formerly President (Airlines) for AirAsia Group, takes over as Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Limited, overseeing the four airlines in the Group (AirAsia Malaysia, AirAsia Philippines,  AirAsia Thailand and AirAsia Indonesia).

AirAsia Group Berhad (AAGB) is the investment holding company for the eight digital portfolio companies that leverage data and technology to deliver the best value at the lowest cost.  AAGB’s comprehensive portfolio includes AirAsia Aviation, the airasia Super App, cargo and logistics venture Teleport, BigPay financial services, the edutech arm AirAsia Academy, engineering company Asia Digital Engineering, ground services division GTR and the restaurant chain and food group called Santan.

Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Limited Bo Lingam

Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Limited Bo Lingam

Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Limited Bo Lingam said: “This structural change helps facilitate strong projected growth in both airline and non-airline portfolio businesses.

“The AirAsia Aviation Limited entity holds our existing airline investments and paves the way for new airline ventures to be formed in due course. We have also established a new AirAsia Consulting division tasked at reviewing new airline partnerships and franchise opportunities.

“By creating this airline holding company we can focus on continuing to be the world’s best low cost airline. We have spent the past 18 months reviewing every aspect of the operation to ensure that our airlines will return stronger than ever before. The world is finally opening up and we foresee a V-shaped rebound in air travel in the near future.  In Malaysia, we are already seeing huge pent up demand for air travel since the government’s recent announcement of the resumption of interstate travel on 11 October. We are operating over 60 daily flights to 16 key leisure destinations and more frequencies and routes will continue to be added in response to significant consumer demand.

“Pleasing progress is also underway in our other airlines in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines as services are resuming in line with accelerated vaccination rates and the easing of travel restrictions in our key markets.

“To ensure the safety of our staff and guests, we are also implementing stringent health and safety measures, with the highest standards of hygiene.

“We look forward to the opening of international borders as the next key milestone. We will continue to review new markets to operate from in the future, like Cambodia for example, when we can connect Asean once again with the best value fares and lifestyle offerings.”

Flyr to lease five Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft from ALC + 4 options

Flyr has made this announcement:

Flyr is taking a new and important step towards a more sustainable operation by phasing in the very latest aircraft technology with the lowest carbon footprint and fuel costs. On average, the Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 emits up to 14 percent less emissions than previous models.

The company has signed a letter of intent with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for six brand-new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft.

The aircraft will be delivered directly from the Boeing factory to Flyr during the first half of 2022. There is also an option in the agreement for four more aircraft with delivery in 2023.

Sustainability is an essential part of Flyr’s strategy. Always choosing the most climate-friendly solutions is crucial. So is the company’s approach to employees and unions.

As a newly established airline, Flyr is the only airline in Norway that pays for 100% of its emissions under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), in contrast to other domestic airlines that receive large exemptions in the form of free allocation of emission allowances.

Unions positive about new aircraft

Both Flyr Cabin Association and Flyr Pilot Association are positive about the company’s choice of new aircraft type.

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing and the leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC) are pleased about Flyr’s decision to transition to the most environmentally friendly option.

The plan is that the first aircraft will arrive in early 2022 and arrive continuously towards the summer.

Current Route Map:

 

United Airlines announces 5 new international destinations

United today announced the largest transatlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new, vogue destinations – Amman, JordanBergen, Norway; Azores, PortugalPalma de MallorcaSpain and Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands. All of the new routes – which are set to begin in Spring 2022 – are not served by any other North American carrier. Additionally, next year, United will add new flights to five popular European destinations: BerlinDublinMilanMunich and Rome. Lastly, United will launch seven routes that were interrupted due to the pandemic to BangaloreFrankfurtTokyo’s Haneda Airport, Nice and Zurich. Flights are subject to government approval.

Amman, Jordan

United will begin new capital to capital service between Washington, D.C. and Amman, Jordan starting May 5. Customers will be able to explore the numerous historical sites in and around Amman, as well as visit Jordan’s other top destinations including Petra, the Dead Sea and the Wadi Rum desert. United will be the only North American carrier flying direct to Amman with service three times weekly with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal

United will add a third Portuguese destination to its global network with brand new flights between New York/Newark and Ponta Delgada in the Azores beginning May 13. The carrier will offer the most flights between the U.S. and Portugal of any North American airline and will be the only airline to fly to the Azores from the New York metro area. This daily service joins United’s existing flights to Porto, which will return in March, and Lisbon, which the airline is currently operating from New York/Newark and will resume from Washington, D.C. next summer. United will fly a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft featuring United’s new signature interior with enhanced seat back entertainment with Bluetooth connectivity and overhead bin space for every customer.

Bergen, Norway

Beginning May 20, United will become the only U.S. carrier to fly to Norway with flights launching between New York/Newark and Bergen. United will offer three times weekly service on a Boeing 757-200, allowing customers to experience Bergen’s surrounding mountainous landscape and breathtaking fjords. United will be the only carrier to fly to Bergen from the U.S.

Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

United is expanding its Spanish beach getaway destinations with three times weekly flights between New York/Newark and Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, launching June 2 with a Boeing 767-300ER. This will be the first and only flight between the U.S. and Mallorca and will add to United’s existing service to Madrid and Barcelona.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Travelers looking for an additional new beach destination can enjoy the stunning black and white sand beaches of Spain’s Canary Islands with United’s new flight from New York/Newark to Tenerife. United will be the only airline to fly direct between the Canary Islands and North America with three-times weekly service launching June 9 with a Boeing 757-200. Along with the new service to Palma de Mallorca, United will fly to more Spanish destinations from North America than any other airline.

Destination
From
To
Service
Starting
Amman, Jordan
IAD
AMM
3x week
May 5, 2022
Ponta Delgado, Azores, Portugal
EWR
PDL
3x week/daily*
May 13, 2022
Bergen, Norway
EWR
BGO
3x week
May 20, 2022
Tenerife, Spain
EWR
TFS
3x week
June 2, 2022
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
EWR
PMI
3x week
June 9, 2022

* EWR-PDL operates daily June-August 2022

Expanded European Service

United is also adding flights to some of Europe’s most iconic cities in anticipation of a resurgence in visitors. Next spring United will add:

  • New daily flights between Denver and Munich – joining existing service from Denver to Frankfurt and London which is expected to resume in March. United is the only U.S. airline to offer transatlantic service from Denver.
  • New daily flights between Chicago and Milan, joining existing seasonal flights between Chicago and Rome. United will be the only airline to offer a direct flight between Chicago and Milan, adding to its existing service between New York/Newark and Milan.
  • New daily capital to capital service between Washington, D.C. and Berlin, joining our other service to Berlin from New York/Newark. United is the only U.S. airline with direct flights to Berlin.
  • An additional daily flight from New York/Newark to Dublin and Rome.

In addition to these new routes, United will begin seven routes that were interrupted by the pandemic:

  • Daily flights between San Francisco and Bangalore beginning May 26
  • Daily flights between New York/Newark and Nice beginning April 29
  • A second daily flight between New York/Newark and Frankfurt beginning April 23
  • Daily flights between Chicago and Zurich beginning April 23
  • Flights from Washington, D.C.Los Angeles and New York/Newark to Tokyo’s Haneda airport by March 26
Destination
From
To
Service
Starting
Munich, Germany
DEN
MUC
Daily
April 23, 2022
Dublin, Ireland (2nd daily flight)
EWR
DUB
Daily
April 23, 2022
Berlin, Germany
IAD
BER
Daily
May 6, 2022
Milan, Italy
ORD
MXP
Daily
May 6, 2022
Rome, Italy (2nd daily flight)
EWR
FCO
Daily
May 26, 2022

Even more new destinations to fall in love with

In addition to the new routes, we will begin service to seven routes next year that were interrupted by the pandemic, including launching service to Bangalore and Nice and adding flights to Zurich, Tokyo Haneda and Frankfurt. 

 

Destination
From
To
Service
Starting
Tokyo, Japan
EWR
HND
Daily
By March 26, 2022
Tokyo, Japan
LAX
HND
Daily
By  March 26, 2022
Tokyo, Japan
IAD
HND
Daily
March 26, 2022
Frankfurt, Germany (2nd daily flight)
EWR
FRA
Daily
April 23, 2022
Zurich, Switzerland
ORD
ZRH
Daily
April 23, 2022
Nice, France
EWR
NCE
Daily
April 29, 2022
Bangalore, India
SFO
BLR
Daily
May 26, 2022

Pakistan Airlines suspends Afghan operations citing Taliban interference

PIA suspended the Islamabad – Kabul route today. Kam Air continues to operate on the route. PIA was the only foreign airline flying regularly to Kabul, Afghanistan

From Reuters:

“Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suspended flights to the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Thursday after what it called heavy handed interference by Taliban authorities, including arbitrary rule changes and intimidation of staff.

The suspension took place as the Taliban government ordered the airline, the only international company operating regularly out of Kabul, to cut ticket prices to levels seen before the fall of the Western-backed Afghan government in August.”

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PLAY to add more European destinations

PLAY (Keflavik, Iceland) made this announcement:

  • 96.2% on-time arrivals in September 2021
  • Load factor was 52.1%
  • Ticket sales increased again in September after being affected by COVID-19 pandemic this summer
  • The load factor is expected to rise for the full month of October, the fourth month in a row.

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In September, PLAY carried 15,223 passengers. The load factor was 52.1%, compared to 46% in August. The improved load factor reflects recovering demand both to and from Iceland. During the month there was a decline in the number of passengers who   changed their bookings due to COVID-19. This reflects the decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in Iceland, growing consumer confidence and the relaxation of travel restrictions in Iceland and abroad. Inbound demand has also been rising as PLAY becomes a better known brand in markets outside of Iceland and COVID-19 travel restrictions are relaxed. This positive demand trend continues into October and the coming months look very promising, the load factor is expected to rise for the full month of October, the fourth month in a row.

New Cities To Be Added and Largest Hiring Yet

In September, PLAY announced a recruitment drive to fill 100 cabin crew and 50 flight crew positions to support the airline’s growth for 2022.  This will double the number of employees employed by the company.

Due to the positive demand trends outlined above, PLAY has added Amsterdam as a new destination to its winter schedule. The first flight to Amsterdam will be on December 3, with flights initially operating Mondays and Fridays and Thursdays and Sundays to be added from December 16.

The airline has also announced three new destinations in Scandinavia for next summer: Stavanger and Trondheim in Norway (May 2022) and Gothenburg in Sweden (May 20, 2022, twice-weekly).

Goodbye: Alitalia is set to fly its last flight today amid union turmoil

Alitalia, which has been in bankruptcy protection since 2017 and failed to produce a profit since 2008, will operate its last flight today. It will be replaced by ITA starting tomorrow.

A strike by unhappy employees has led to the cancellation of more than 100 flights this week.

Alitalia issued this statement:

For Monday, October 11, some trade unions proclaimed a 24-hour strike of Air Transport. Alitalia was therefore forced to cancel a series of flights, both domestic and international, scheduled for that day.

As a result of the flight cancellations on 11 October due to the 24-hour strikes, the Company was also forced to cancel some connections on 10 and 12 October 2021.

To limit the inconvenience of passengers, Alitalia has activated an extraordinary plan that provides for the use of more capacious aircraft on domestic and international routes, with the aim of rebooking travelers involved in cancellations on the first flights available on the day.

Alitalia invites all travelers who have purchased a ticket to fly on October 11 – and also on the evening of October 10 and in the early morning of October 12 – to check the status of their flight, before going to the airport, on the alitalia.com website, by calling the toll-free number 800.65.00.55 (from Italy) or the number +39.06.65649 (from abroad), or by contacting the travel agency where they purchased the ticket.

Passengers who have purchased an Alitalia ticket to travel on 11 October (and also on the evening of 10 and in the early morning of 12 October), in case of cancellation of their flight, will be able to change their reservation or request a refund of the ticket without any penalty until 14 October 2021. The trip must be completed by October 14, 2021.

And this statement:

We inform you that due to the current union mobilizations and the simultaneous commitment to professional training at the new airline of part of the crew may occur inconveniences in the provision of Alitalia services.

We also advise passengers to present themselves at boarding with only one hand luggage of the size allowed to contain the waiting time for return to their destination and to check the status of the flight on alitalia.com before going to the airport.

We apologize to passengers for any inconvenience caused.

The last flight is scheduled to operate from Cagliari, Sardinia to Rome (Fiumicino).

ITA will not, for now, use the Alitalia name. An auction to sell the name ended with no bids. ITA stated the starting price was too high.

ITA is the not the economic successor to Alitalia as it will not be encumbered with Alitalia’s debt.

There are also a lot of disgruntled Alitalia employees who have not been hired by ITA.

From the Wall Street Journal via MarketWatch:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-popes-airline-alitalia-to-fly-last-flight-11634198592

From CNN:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/how-italys-high-speed-trains-killed-alitalia/ar-AAPsq0I?ocid=BingNewsSearch

Alitalia aircraft slide show: