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October 31, 2011

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-Two international carriers, Qantas and AirFrance, canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend related to labor strikes. Qantas was back up and flying on Monday after it had grounded its entire fleet over the weekend because of a labor work action. The carrier resumed flying following a court order, according to this Sydney Morning Herald piece.

But at Air France, the airline continues to ground flights, canceling about 15 percent of its flight schedule on Monday, according to this Bloomberg article. The AirFrance flight attendants have walked out and are protesting plans to cut one flight attendant from each of its Airbus A319 planes and plan to conduct the walkout until November 2. 

-There were several lengthy tarmac delays (more than three hours) on Saturday as flights were diverted along the East Coast due to the surprise nor'easter that dumped several inches of snow. At Bradley Airport in Hartford, Conn. Jet Blue had three flights that were stuck on the tarmac, including this one where the pilot pleaded for a tug and a tow after seven hours on the ground.

American Airlines also had flight from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris headed towards New York's JFK Airport diverted to Bradley. Flight 45 was delayed on the tarmac over seven hours, according to American spokesman Ed Martelle. "Since the flight was international, Customs was required to process the passengers upon deplaning. But they were not on duty. We asked Customs multiple times to return. They finally did show up much later to work the flight and process international passengers," Martelle said, adding that passengers were given beverages and snacks during the wait.

-And this airport ramp worker is in the Halloween spirit. (FYI, click on the link using Firefox or Chrome) I wonder if the Gumby costume makes it easier to stretch into the back of the cargo hold to get the luggage....Also, check out this corn maze in the shape of a Boeing 787 from AirlineReporter.com. Happy Halloween, Sky Talk!

-Andrea Ahles


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Nobody wins with a strike. Attention APFA: get us a new contract now! Why are we paying you to sit around and do nothing??

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