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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    ^ Domestic is Thai Smile and they provided excellent service when we used them to get back to Germany. Yes, they cancelled the evening flight and rebooked us on the morning one. However, I consider that a minor inconvenience considering current crisis. Even with hotel for the day, waiting for night flight, they were cheaper and more convenient than alternatives.
    Thai Smile is just Thai Airways rebadged as a LCC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Thai Smile is just Thai Airways rebadged as a LCC.
    Pig in lipstick.
    Still remains a pig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Thai Smile is just Thai Airways rebadged as a LCC.
    Pretty sure that was implied in my post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Pretty sure that was implied in my post.
    Just checking, not that it matters, it's the same tired old aircraft that are in dire need of at least a refurbish inside.

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    The interim accident report is out for PIA 8303...


    https://www.caapakistan.com.pk/Uploa...s/AAIB-431.pdf


    It sounds worse than I first thought (if that's possible). The gear was down during the approach and selected up with 5nmi to go. They also selected reverse thrust during the first landing (on the engines) before initiating a GA.

    Not sure if they thought they were on Play Station at the time...

    ...Madness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    The interim accident report is out for PIA 8303...

    It sounds worse than I first thought (if that's possible). The gear was down during the approach and selected up with 5nmi to go. They also selected reverse thrust during the first landing (on the engines) before initiating a GA.

    Not sure if they thought they were on Play Station at the time...

    ...Madness.
    Christ on a bike, what a fucking shit show.

    According to the FDR and CVR recordings several warnings and alerts such as over-speed, landing gear not down and ground proximity alerts were disregarded. The landing was undertaken with landing gears retracted. The aircraft touched the runway surface on its engines. Flight crew applied reverse engine power and initiated a braking action.

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    ATC did not tell them they had scraped the runway either...

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    has the travel shutdown triggered a need for cattle class air line meals

    you could partake in virgin fare

    Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash • The Register

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    NokScoot budget airline to downsize fleet and staff at end of June

    Thailand’s low-cost airline, NokScoot, plans to take three aircraft out of service and reduce its staffing level at the end of this month, in a major reorganization caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


    Majority-owned by Nok Air, which is affiliated with Thai Airways International, the company issued a statement today saying that the major restructuring is necessary, because the airline has been hit hard by COVID-19 and international air services are likely to be restricted for the next 2-3 years, making it impossible for NokScoot to recover and resume normal operations.


    The company maintains that the airline is not ceasing operations, but is awaiting a clear signal from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand about when it will allow in-bound international flights again.


    Due to the contraction of aviation industry, the company said that it has decided to downsize its fleet, which means that the number of air crew will also have to be reduced.


    The airline said that it has been a very difficult decision for the management to lay off staff, but assured that they would be compensated properly and in accordance with the law.


    NokScoot operates international services out of its base at Don Mueang international airport.

    NokScoot budget airline to downsize fleet and staff at end of June – Thai PBS World

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    Aeroflot Still Flying Abroad Despite Russia's International Travel Ban – Vedomosti

    Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot has been secretly flying passengers abroad for nearly a month despite state-mandated grounded flights due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday.


    Russia grounded nearly all international flights in late March to slow the coronavirus, allowing only special flights evacuating Russians from abroad and other government-authorized flights. Aeroflot has suspended ticket sales for international flights until Aug. 1, when it said there would be more clarity about when Russia would lift its ban.


    Aeroflot has been operating flights to New York, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Seoul and Tel Aviv since at least early June, Vedomosti cited unnamed employees of three airlines including Aeroflot as saying.


    “These flights are officially registered as cargo, but tickets are sold with permission from Rosaviatsia [Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency],” two Aeroflot representatives were quoted as saying.

    MORE https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/...domosti-a70694

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    FFS are they only just finding this out!

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)More than 30% of civilian pilots in Pakistan have fake licenses and are not qualified to fly, the country's aviation minister revealed Wednesday.

    Addressing Pakistan's National Assembly, Ghulam Sarwar Khan said 262 pilots in the country "did not take the exam themselves" and had paid someone else to sit it on their behalf.
    "They don't have flying experience," he said.


    Pakistan has 860 active pilots serving its domestic airlines -- including the country's Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flagship -- as well as a number of foreign carriers, Khan said.
    PIA has grounded all its pilots who hold fake licenses, effective immediately.
    "PIA acknowledges that fake licenses is not just a PIA issue but spread across the entire Pakistani airline industry," spokesperson Abdullah Khan said, adding that some of the fake pilots also fly for foreign carriers.
    Almost 1 in 3 pilots in Pakistan have fake licenses, aviation minister says - CNN

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    Qantas: Australia’s largest airline to cut 6,000 jobs to survive coronavirus crisis

    Australian airline Qantas has announced plans to cut at least 6,000 jobs and keep 15,000 more employees on extended furlough as part of a cost-cutting plan to try and stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic.


    The airline, which employs about 29,000 people, said plans to reduce costs and raise fresh capital also include grounding 100 planes for a year or more and immediately retiring its six remaining Boeing 747 planes.


    Alan Joyce, chief executive of Qantas, said shrinking the airline was necessary to brace for several years of much lower revenues and furloughed staff faced a long interruption to their airline careers.


    “The actions that we’re taking will have a huge impact on thousands of our people. This is something that weighs very heavily on all of us,” he told reporters on Thursday.


    “This is something that we don’t make a decision on very easily. But the collapse of billions of dollars in revenue leaves us with little choice if we are to save as many jobs as possible longer term.”


    Mr Joyce said although Qantas had entered the pandemic in a better position than most airlines and remained optimistic about the future, the crisis “has still hit us very, very hard” and added the impact will “be felt for a long time”.


    He said he expected just 8,000 employees to be working again by next month and 15,000 by the end of the year. With international routes opening again over the next two years, Mr Joyce said he hoped the workforce would increase again to 21,000.


    The job losses would include at least 1,450 from mostly corporate roles, 1,500 in ground operations including baggage handling, 1050 cabin crew, 630 in engineering and 220 pilots. Some contractors, particularly in information technology, would also be out of work.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/coronavirus-qantas-australian-airline-job-cuts-furlough-a9585151.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)More than 30% of civilian pilots in Pakistan have fake licenses and are not qualified to fly, the country's aviation minister revealed Wednesday.
    That is a shocker.

    Hopefully not airline pilots.


    I know that you can buy a lot of paperwork in Khao San Rd, but....


    A wake up call to airports around the world, if true

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    That is a shocker.

    Hopefully not airline pilots.
    Maybe you should read it all.


    "PIA acknowledges that fake licenses is not just a PIA issue but spread across the entire Pakistani airline industry," spokesperson Abdullah Khan said, adding that some of the fake pilots also fly for foreign carriers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Maybe you should read it all.
    Guilty

    Shocking

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    ...a little more info on PIA:

    Pakistan national airline grounds third of pilots over 'dubious' licences
    Pakistan national airline grounds third of pilots over '''dubious''' licences

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    June 25, 2020, 5:28 PM GMT+7


    A Pakistan International Airlines plane prepares to land at Islamabad airport in Islamabad - ReutersPakistan's national airline will ground a third of its pilots on suspicion they hold “dubious” licences and flying certificates.

    The move was announced after air accident investigators blamed a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilot for last month's crash in Karachi which killed 99 people.
    A government minister said the crew were over confident and distracted by a conversation about coronavirus when the PIA Airbus A320 crashed on May 22.
    PIA was highly placed among world airlines until the 1970s, but its reputation has sunk with delays, cancellations and financial troubles. The airline has been embarrassed by reports of pilots falling asleep, or turning up drunk.

    "We've been told that an investigation conducted by the civil aviation authority has found that about 150 of our pilots have dubious licenses," company spokesman Abdullah Khan told Reuters.

    Investigations into pilot qualifications began after an earlier crash where it was found the pilot's license may have been fake. The test date indicated on his licence had been a public holiday. Another pilot was found to have been out of the country on the day he was said to have been tested, Mr Khan said.
    In 2017 a PIA pilot was investigated for potentially putting the lives of more than 305 passengers at risk by putting a trainee pilot in charge while he took a nap in a passenger seat. The pilot was allegedly photographed reclining while covered in a blanket, but denied being asleep.

    In 2013, a PIA pilot was jailed for nine months in Britain for being drunk as he prepared to fly 156 passengers.
    Irfan Faiz, 55, was found three times over the legal limit, prosecutors told Leeds Crown Court.
    The father-of-two was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol while in the cockpit during checks for the flight from Leeds Bradford to Islamabad.

    The airlines was embarrassed further in 2017 when first UK border officials and then Pakistani officials found consignments of heroin hidden on PIA flights between the countries. At the time the airline was investigating to see if any staff had links to drug traffickers.
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    Yet they fly into airports worldwide - and everyone lets them. Unfortunately being scum is in their national DNA.

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    I think they should be looking at Pakistan's neighbour as well.

    Not even on my emergency list when I choose an airline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Shocking
    Surely when you go for an interview as a pilot they get you to fly a plane before giving you a job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chico View Post
    Surely when you go for an interview as a pilot they get you to fly a plane before giving you a job.
    Yes, and if you are a trained pilot standing in for someone else....

    Duh.

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    Pakistan pilots accused of cheating on exams after Karachi crash that killed 97

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    Pakistan's state-run airline has grounded 150 pilots, accusing them of cheating on their exams.

    Key points:
    • Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said the company would make sure "such unqualified pilots never fly aircraft again"
    • There were only two survivors in the May 22 Airbus A320 crash
    • Aviation industry officials said Pakistan International Airlines first knew about the scandal two years ago


    The mass sacking came after investigations into a crash that killed 97 people in Karachi in May.

    Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said the company would make sure "such unqualified pilots never fly aircraft again".

    He said the safety of passengers was the airline's top priority.
    The International Air Transport Association said it was following reports from Pakistan "regarding fake pilot licences, which are concerning and represent a serious lapse in the licensing and safety oversight by the aviation regulator".


    The global airline organisation said it would seek more information.


    Pakistan pilots accused of cheating on exams after Karachi crash that killed 97 - ABC News


    Interesting that this comes at a time when tens of thousands Airline Staff are being laid off due to the effects of Covid-19.
    “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    I think they should be looking at Pakistan's neighbours as well.
    ...added an "s"...

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    NokScoot Airlines to be liquidated

    NokScoot Airlines’ board of directors decided to liquidate the low-cost airline, a statement from the airline said.


    NokScoot’s shareholders will deliberate on the resolution and decide on the liquidator during an annual general meeting on July 14. NokScoot, a joint venture between Singapore Airline’s low-cost arm Scoot and Thailand-based airline Nok Air, has been unable to record a full-year’s profit since its inception in 2014. Much of this was contributed to the difficult in expanding its network in an intensely competitive environment, and unprecedented challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic have further exacerbated the situation. Scoot, meanwhile, offered to sell its 49 per cent stake in NokScoot to Nok Air for a nominal sum of Bt1, but the offer was not accepted. Nok Airlines Plc on Friday also informed the Stock Exchange of Thailand the board’s resolution to terminate NokScoot Airlines. According to the SET filing, NokScoot Airlines has been suffering continuous losses, which was worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic. The airline’s equity has been negative since 2019.


    NokAir, meanwhile, said that the liquidation of NokScoot poses no direct or indirect impact to the company’s normal operations.

    NokScoot Airlines to be liquidated

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    Vietnam grounds Pakistani pilots over licence concerns

    HANOI: Vietnam's aviation authority said on Monday it had grounded all Pakistani pilots working for local airlines, amid concern from global regulators that some pilots may have been using "dubious" licences.


    Pakistan said last week it will ground 262 airline pilots whose credentials may have been falsified, after global airlines body IATA said that irregularities found in pilot licences at Pakistan International Airlines represent a "serious lapse" in safety controls.


    "The head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has ordered a suspension for all Pakistani pilots working for Vietnamese airlines," the CAAV said in a statement on Monday.

    The suspension will be in effect until further notice from CAAV, it said, adding that the authority is coordinating with Pakistani authorities to review the pilots' profiles.


    Vietnam had licensed 27 Pakistani pilots, and 12 of them were still active, while the other 15 pilots' contracts had expired or were inactive due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the CAAV.

    Of the 12 active pilots, 11 were working for budget airline VietJet Aviation and one for Jetstar Pacific, a unit of the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.


    In a statement, VietJet said it had stopped assigning work to its Pakistani pilots as soon as news of the licence issue emerged and no pilots with Pakistan-issued licences were currently flying for the airline.


    Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways were not using any pilots from Pakistan, the CAAV said.


    Vietnamese airlines currently have 1,260 pilots, with nearly half of them holding foreign citizenship, according to the CAAV.

    Vietnam grounds Pakistani pilots over licence concerns

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    Reuters was reporting Boeing and the FAA are about to test the 737MAX.
    testing scripted mid-air scenarios such as steep banking turns and also trigger the
    reprogrammed stall prevention software known as MCAS faulted in both crashes.
    Bet the test pilots have their rings closed tighter than a Scotchmans man purse when they try
    the full aerodynamic stall.

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