Weekly News 04/03/18 – 11/03/2018

Weekly News 04/03/18 – 11/03/2018

12 March 2018 Off By Florian Polycarpe

One more strike at Air France, one!

Air France customers, be aware! On March 23rd, ten unions called for a strike, the same ones as the last strike during last month which caused 25% cancellation and € 22M to the French airline. So this latter decided to make a new strike, just one day after the French ATC strike.

The reason of this strike is the 6% request of salary increase – 10% for these dear pilots -, or two more hundred euros to offset French – and more globally, European – inflation. The senior management of Air France ensured that “situation will going worst with this new strike”, deploring the attitude of its employees. The perturbations seem all the more inevitable that these ten unions represent no less than 52.6% of employees, furthermore, since four months, ground mechanics service lead intermittent strikes, making the aircrafts checked unmanageable.

The party which asking the biggest part of the cake is the pilots with 10% request of salary increase. In 2013 this latter perceived an average of € 12,796/month, highest ones climbing to € 18,962/month. Airliners Explorers wanted to tell you, Ô dear pilots, that you have to take conscience how lucky you are to work in a great airline such as Air France. Numerous are your colleagues who are flying far more than you, on low-cost airlines for example but not also, with a gracefully lower salary.

 

A second A330neo for TAP 

The second Airbus A330neo has received its TAP livery, the Portuguese airline is also the launching airline for the last Airbus’ baby.

The Lisboa based airline is waiting for 25 Airbus A330-900, these aircraft should replace A340s but also reinforce TAP’s long-haul fleet. The airline doesn’t unveil its configuration but the Portuguese airline have to receive three A330-900 in 2018 and to fly for the first time with its brand-new aircraft in June or July 2018.

A unique motorization is proposed by Airbus for the last version of the A330: the Rolls Royce Trent 7000. Unfortunately, this exclusive contract signed between Airbus and Rolls Royce can repel some airlines for their choice. We remember that Air France hesitated a long time to order Airbus A350s due to its unique motorization with Rolls Royce.

Emirates to Brussels with the A380

On April, 19th, Emirates airline will fly from Dubai to Brussels thanks to the Airbus A380, remember that the airline has already flown to Brussels for a similar operation,  with this aircraft for a unique visit.

The UAE based superjumbo will fly to the Belgian capital city on April, 19th to celebrate the upgrade of Brussels Airport to welcome the A380. The aircraft which will make this unique flight will be able to welcome 429 passengers in Economy class, 76 in business and 14 in Premiere, will leave Dubai at 8.20 am to land at 12.45pm. The return flight has to leave European capital city, two hours later to land in its based city at 12.05am (Day +1).

The second daily flight will remain operated thanks to the Boeing 777-300ER. On this route, Emirates does not suffer from any direct competition, but it faces to other Middle-East airlines as Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways.

From its inaugurate flight, Emirates has already transported a million passenger on this route.

Etihad Airways is landing in Baku 

On March, the 2nd, Etihad Airways has launched a new flight service from its based city, Abu Dhabi to Baku the Azerbaijani capital city.

The UAE national city inaugurated a brand-new service to Baku so, thanks to the Airbus A320, which is able to welcome 136 passengers with 120 passengers in Economy class and 16 in Business. This launching follows a codeshare partnership with Azal, Azerbaijan national career. Etihad does not fly daily to Baku but also three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with a scheduled departure at 10.10 am and an arrival in Baku, three hours later, at 1.15 pm. For the return, Etihad is leaving Baku more than three hours later, at 4.30 pm to land in Abu Dhabi at 7.30 pm.

Etihad does not suffer from any competition on this route, but Qatar, FlyDubai and AirArabia are also flying to the Azerbaijani capital city.