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July 1 2022



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SCOTUS declines to insulate airlines from California Rest-Break Law

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Thursday to take up a case involving a state law that gives California-based flight crews more generous meal and rest breaks than required by federal rules. The California law requires that workers be free from all job duties for 10 minutes every four hours and for a 30-minute meal break every five hours. Federal regulations limit flight attendants to a 14-hour work day, but they remain on duty during meal breaks. Several former Virgin America flight attendants sued to be included under the law, and an appeals court in San Francisco ruled in their favor last year. Alaska Airlines, the owner of Virgin, said this will force airlines to add extra crew at a time of labor shortage, and also increase fares.

AP News | Related

Airlines Rejected by High Court on California Rest-Break Law - Bloomberg



IATA calls for greater support in safe transportation of lithium batteries

IATA is calling on governments to further support the safe carriage of lithium batteries. It wants to see global standards for screening, fire-testing and incident information sharing being developed and implemented globally. IATA also called for the development of safety-related screening standards and processes for lithium batteries; the development and implementation of a fire-testing standard that addresses lithium battery fire containment; and enhanced safety data collection and sharing between governments. The lithium batteries market is growing 30% annually, bringing new shippers into supply chains. Therefore, Incidents of undeclared or mis-declared shipments are an evolving risk.

Inflight Online | Related IATA urges the rest of the world to learn from US 5G drama - Telecoms



Saudi Arabian Airlines launches flights to Mykonos and Málaga

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has launched seasonal, nonstop flights to the Greek island of Mykonos and the southern Spanish city of Malaga. The airline will operate thrice-weekly flights between Riyadh and Mykonos on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the end of August 2022, and twice-weekly flights from Riyadh and Jeddah to the Andalusian city of Malaga known for having dozens of beaches, as well as for its culture and cuisine. Saudia will utilise a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for Malaga and an Airbus A320 aircraft for Mykonos.

Travel News Asia | Related



Airline KLM repays last of Dutch government loans

The Dutch arm of airline group Air France- KLM said it has paid back the last 277 million euros of the 942 million euros loaned to them by the Dutch government during the pandemic. The earlier repayments totalled 665 million euros. The airline had been granted loans by the Dutch state in 2020 as the pandemic crippled international travel. A SkyTeam airline alliance member, KLM now has 13 routes to US, up from its previous 11, and also a 9% increase in US flights this summer than in the summer of 2019.

Reuters | Related

Record-Breaking: KLM Has 13 US Routes This Summer - Simple Flying



Bahrain King, Egypt President open Bahrain International Airport’s new terminal

Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated a new $1.1 billion passenger terminal at Bahrain International Airport, which boasts a capacity of 14 million passengers a year. The airport terminal is an expansion project, part of the country’s Vision 2030 economic program. It was officially opened in the presence of Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Wednesday. The project began in April 2016 and the construction work was completed in 2020, taking a total 47 million man-hours.

News of Bahrain | Related

Bahrain King, Egypt President open Bahrain International Airport’s new terminal - Al Arabiya



Air India Express eyes more B737s as demand rebuilds

In the next six months, India’s low-cost international airline Air India Express plans to add four additional B737s to its fleet of twenty-four B737-800s in response to a rapidly recovering post-COVID demand. The airline is considering dry leasing the planes to enhance capacity. Although both network and fleet expansion are on the cards for the airline, these planes will only be used for “increasing frequency and consolidation of the existing routes."

CH Aviation | Related

Air India Express Could Add 4 Boeing 737s To Keep Up With Demand - Simple Flying



American Airlines pitches up to $64,000 pay raise to pilots

American Airlines is offering pilots raises of nearly 17% by the end of 2024, a sign of the leverage that pilots enjoy as airlines struggle with a labor shortage. The latest proposal to the Allied Pilots Association comes less than a week after rival United Airlines and its pilots’ union reached a tentative agreement that includes more than 14% in total raises within 18 months, the first major U.S. airline in the industry to get to that point in the pandemic. The proposal includes a 6% raise at signing and then 5% raises at the start of 2023 and 2024.

CNBC | Related

American offers to boost pilot pay 17% by the end of 2024 - Associated Press




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> Quote of the Day

“There’s no reason we can’t come to an agreement with the airlines for a legislative technical fix that allows airlines to comply with California meal and rest rules while maintaining the operation."

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
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