IFALPA Daily News – 23 January 2013


Dear Colleagues,
The IFALPA Daily News is now available online.
Here are today’s top headlines. To read more, click on the title:
Eurocontrol announces action plan for the prevention of runway excursions
A runway excursion is the event in which an aircraft veers off or overruns the runway surface during
Either takeoff or landing. ICAO (Global Runway Safety Symposium 2011) has noted that the rate of
Runway excursions has not decreased in more than 20 years. Accidents continue to take place on and
around runways.
Pilots demonstrate over EU flight time rules
On 22 January, pilots and cabin crew across Europe sounded the alarm bell against the new European
flight duty time rules. Under the motto ‘Walkout for Safety’ the action included simultaneous demonstrations
at major European airports, handing over of a Safety Petition with approximately 100,000 signatures in
Brussels, flash mobs, awareness-raising actions for passengers and possibly local work stoppages.
Ukraine’s largest airline grounds most flights
AeroSvit, Ukraine’s largest airline, will seek protection from its creditors in court this week after grounding
most of its flights and leaving hundreds of people stranded across the globe due to financial problems.
CAAC approves more new airline entrants
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) continues to loosen its grip and approve more new
domestic airline entrants. However, a CAAC insider said even though the regulator is approving more new
carriers, it plans to raise the bar on safety.
Air Berlin eyes salary cuts
Air Berlin, which announced it would cut 900 jobs last week, now plans to reduce salaries as part of its Turbine
2013 restructuring program.
AEA: Lack of single European sky costs €5 billion every year
Key stakeholders of the aviation industry met yesterday to discuss the way forward for the Single European
Sky project at the Public Hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee.
Cathay Pacific to flight attendants: hurry up and retire
On Tuesday, Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific asked its cabin crew to volunteer for early retirement as
part of its cost-cutting measures to boost profitability amid a global slowdown.
Kenya Airways stands by Boeing 787 order
Kenya Airways, for now, is retaining its order for Boeing 787 and is “still optimistic” of receiving the first aircraft
in the first quarter of 2014, the airline tells Aviation Week.