The FAA last week issued a letter of explanation to address safety concerns over fueling operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). “None of the operations we observed showed any negligence or unsafe practices,” the letter said. The Washington state airport’s operator, the Port of Seattle, said the facility has never before been cited for any fueling safety concerns during regular inspections.
Despite the outward appearance of growth with the recent announcement about the addition of Bombardier Global 6000s to its fleet, NetJets Europe is seeking further voluntary redundancies from its pilot workforce in response to prolonged softening in demand for fractional shares and jet cards, the company confirmed. It has begun a consultation process with flight crews, repeating an exercise that it embarked on three years ago at the height of the financial crisis.
Bombardier Learjet workers in Wichita represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) went on strike early yesterday morning, following a vote on Saturday to reject a proposed labor agreement. Members of IAM Local 639 overwhelmingly rejected Bombardier’s proposal, with 79 percent opposed to the five-year offer. An equal number of union members authorized a strike, setting the stage for the walkout yesterday.
The pilots of American Eagle voted on Monday to ratify a tentative agreement reached last month between their Air Line Pilots Association bargaining committee and airline management. Seventy percent of participating pilots voted in favor of the agreement. Of the airline’s some 3,000 pilots, 85 percent cast ballots.
A story in this week’s Loveland, Colo. Reporter Herald says that Allegiant Airlines’ suspension of service from Loveland in August was due to airline CEO Maurice Gallagher’s concern about safety based on too much local air traffic and the airport’s lack of a control tower. Local city officials, as well as representatives of the Transport Workers Union representing Allegiant flight attendants want to know why, if flight safety is the reason for the pullout, the airline plans to continue operating service to Las Vegas through the end of October.
The Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) expected to finish counting ballots cast by Boeing engineers and technicians on a new four-year contract proposal on Monday evening. Boeing’s offer, which SPEEA leadership urged its 23,000 Boeing members to reject, calls for an average 3.5-percent raise for engineers for each year of the agreement and average pay hikes for technicians of 3 percent for the first year, followed by 2.5 percent in each subsequent year.
Pinnacle Airlines has resumed talks with its employee groups over contract concessions, following a recalculation of the cost savings it says it needs to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. According to Pinnacle, it now needs to shed $76 million to return to viability due in large part to Delta Air Lines’ plans to shed more than 200 fifty-seat regional jets from the Delta Connection system. It originally asked for $43 million in concessions.
West Star Aviation has hired Greg Byrnes as senior vice president for sales. He replaces Rick Brainard, who was promoted to vice president for business development. Previously, Byrnes spent 17 years with Gulfstream Aerospace, where his most recent position was vice president of sales and new business development. Byrnes will be responsible for generating maintenance and modification sales for all West Star Aviation locations. Brainard will develop new business for all West Star locations.
Avantair, the fractional-share operator of a fleet of 56 Piaggio Avanti twin turboprops, has adjusted its payscales to better match the rate of growth of management fees, company CEO Steve Santo told AIN. Management fees generally grow at the rate of the consumer price index (CPI), but raises during certain years were climbing faster than the CPI, making it difficult for Avantair to keep expenses in check.
Six weeks after unanimously voting “No Confidence” in the management of Boeing’s Training & Flight Services division, pilots employed by the company to deliver airplanes and help prepare customer crews to fly them have decided to go public with their displeasure with Boeing’s decision to hire contract pilots to perform 787 training.