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Swarm of bees grounds plane
Apr 21st, 2014 by elisa

A flight was grounded after a massive swarm of bees clouded the plane’s windshields and were sucked into its engines. 

The Allegiant Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Dululth, Minnesota, was forced to turn around and land back at McCarran International Airport when it was struck by the swarm.

Passengers reported a burning smell that filled the cabin, causing some passengers to panic.

“We thought [the pilot] was joking when he said ,’I’ve never had that happen before. We hit thousands of bees,’ ” passenger Cassandra Rogers told WDIO news.

Bees grounding flights might sound unusual, but there have been many incidents in which they have caused flight delays, although the swarms are most common on the ground rather than in the air.

Beekeeper Stephen Repasky told KDKA-TV that swarms form when colonies become too large and the queen takes half the bees with her to find a new home.

Pilot paid passengers to leave aircraft
Sep 17th, 2013 by elisa

It sounds unlikely, but an Easyjet pilot actually offered passengers cash to give up their seats on his flight.

He did so because he realised that the plane scheduled to fly from Gatwick to Bari in Italy was too heavy to get off the ground.

In order to lighten the load, he initially offered €250 per passenger, plus an overnight hotel, but no one took the offer. It was only until he upped the price to €400 each that four passengers voluntarily left the aircraft, reported the Daily Mail.

According to the paper, Flight EZY8365 from Gatwick to Bari was delayed on the tarmac for 50 minutes as the pilot negotiated with passengers. One passenger told reporters that the pilot had said unless there were volunteers, the last four passengers to check in would have to leave. When four passengers did eventually volunteer, there were cheers across the cabin.

The airline denies bartering took place over the amount passengers were paid, and that the reason he initially offered €250 was because he had been given the wrong information.

An Easyjet spokesperson said: “Volunteers are paid according to EU regulations which is based on the distance of the flight.

“Unfortunately the pilot was given incorrect information initially and so later corrected the amount the passengers were entitled to. No bartering took place.”

EU regulations state that passengers who are denied boarding are entitled to €400 for flights over 1,500kms.

 

Stranded Virgin passengers offered complimentary flights
Aug 20th, 2013 by elisa

An emergency landing left Virgin passengers stranded overnight in a small airport as the airline said all hotel rooms were fully booked.

The plane was travelling from Heathrow to New York on Saturday when it was forced to make an emergency landing at Gander Airport after a “technical fault”. More than 250 passengers were left at the small Canadian airport in Newfoundland overnight until the relief flight to New York John F. Kennedy departed at 16:55 local time on Sunday.

A message on the airline’s Twitter account said: “Unfortunately, hotels in the local area are full – and despite our best efforts we’ve been unable to get any for customers or staff. Apologies for this.”

A Virgin spokeswoman said: “All passengers and crew remained at Gander overnight on 17th August and a replacement aircraft took them to their destination the following day (18th August).

“The airline would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Due to the exceptional circumstances, as a gesture of goodwill we are offering all passengers a complimentary return flight with Virgin Atlantic for use at a later date.”

Female-only recruitment to save airline money
Jul 1st, 2013 by elisa

Female-only recruitment will save money on fuel costs according to Indian low-cost airline GoAir.

The controversial decision to recruit only female cabin crew is down to the fact that the airline believes, on average, females are lighter than their male counterparts. The difference in weight could potentially save 30 million rupees – around £330,000 – a year.

Other weight and cost-saving plans include cutting the size of its in-flight magazine (something Ryanair did last year), and filling its water tanks to 60% capacity.

The measures are being put in place because of the performance of the Indian rupee, which dropped 27% against the US dollar in the last year.

“All major expenses — aircraft leasing, spare parts and fuel costs — are linked to the dollar. We are looking at every possible way of cost-cutting to remain profitable” said chief executive Giorgo De Roni.

The company’s 132 male flight attendants will keep their jobs but no more will be recruited, reports the Times of India.

 

Does the need for cuts wherever possible excuse the decision for single-gender recruitment?

 

 

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