United filed a lawsuit yesterday against its pilots union and four pilots, alleging abuse of sick leave and a union intimidation campaign to discourage pilots from volunteering to fly extra hours. Read the AWIN story here to read United's explanation as to why it believes pilots are doing this, the union's response, and how all of this has affected the airline's service.
Fellow Star Alliance carrier Lufthansa, meanwhile, is having its own labor problems. Strike action by Lufthansa’s ground staff forced the German carrier to trim its July 31 European chedule by 10% and cut 14 international lights, including 10 roundtrips to North America. Read the Aviation Daily subscriber-only story here.
Clearly, no one told WestJet to get with the program. The Canadian low-cost carrier, which reported a second quarter profit, said it remains committed to its growth plans in spite of the problems with fuel prices and softening demand. Read the Aviation Daily subscriber-only story here.
Of course, anyone nominated to be the U.S. Transportation Dept.'s head of aviation and international affairs is going to have aviation experience. OK, maybe not. Read the Aviation Daily subscriber-only story here.