Primera Air collapses: Thousands are left stranded

Primera Air collapses: Thousands are left stranded

After 14 years of operations, budget Nordic airline, Primera Air, has collapsed leaving thousands stranded abroad, and devastating holiday plans for many others.

On Monday evening, the airline broke the news that they were ceasing all operations, leaving two flights from Stansted (due to depart) grounded. The airline said it was “sad” that “several unforeseen misfortunate events” had affected its financial position, leading to the collapse.

The British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have insisted that they will “not intervene” on bringing UK passengers home, as the airline was not covered by the Atol protection scheme. They advised any stranded passengers to contact their travel insurer or travel agent for further assistance. It’s also reported that cabin crew are amongst those stranded abroad.

For anyone due to travel in the coming weeks, it’s advised to contact Primera Air directly for a refund. The CAA added, “Passengers who booked directly with the company via either a credit, charge or debit card may alternatively be able to make a claim against their card provider.”

The airline announced a statement on their website, saying, “On behalf of Primera Air team, we would like to thank you for your loyalty. On this sad day we are saying goodbye to all of you.”

During it’s time operating, the airline grew to a fleet of 15 aircraft and flying to destinations including New York, Washington and Malaga, from London Stansted and Birmingham. Stansted have issued a statement advising Primera Air passengers to, “not travel to the airport, and contact the airline direct for the latest information regarding their flight.”

Disappointed passengers have vented their feelings towards the Press Association. Tara and Remy Noe claimed to be “in shock” over the news, saying “you can’t contact them, they have shut down the phone lines and the website is inaccessible. Everything is shut down, you can’t get anywhere.”

 

 

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Flight cancelled or delayed? Know your rights

Flight cancelled or delayed? Know your rights

Travelling is generally quite a tedious experience. Whether it’s waiting for a bus, sitting eight hours on a train, or sleeping in an airport as you wait for your connecting flight, the physical act of travelling tends not to be quite glamorous as films would make it out to be. Delays, cancellations and being denied boarding adds a whole new level of intensity to this. Suddenly the flight you were waiting for is delayed by three hours and you miss your connecting flight. The airline in question offers you an £8 voucher for some Burger King while you wait in the terminal for the airline to rectify its errors, unsure when you’re going to reach your destination and how long you’ll have to wait. If you’ve ever been in this situation, you’re not alone, but you’re not helpless either.

As an air passenger, you have the law on your side, meaning that, under the right circumstances, airlines are either obliged to help you in whatever way they can, or compensate you to rectify the inconvenience or cascading problems that may have occurred by them causing you to miss your flight.

 

Know your rights

As someone using the services of an airline, you’re protected because of your air passenger rights. This means that in the event of a severe delay or flight cancellation that was the fault of the airline in question, you’re entitled to a number of different compensations. At the very least this includes a free meal and drink on the airline’s bill; if the delay means that you have to stay overnight, the airline also has to put you up in a hotel. The airline may also offer you an alternative flight to help you reach your destination on time, or they will provide you with compensation of up to £700 if the delay or cancellation was severe enough. There are a number of companies out there who can also help you secure this compensation if the airline refuses to cooperate with you for whatever reason.

 

Familiarise yourself with the law

Different airlines operate within the boundaries of different laws in different countries. It’s prudent to familiarize yourself with these different laws so that, in the event of a sudden cancellation or delay, you’re aware of where you stand within the confines of these laws, and how they can benefit you. Flight Compensation Regulation 261/2004 in the EU, for example, ensures that as a passenger you can receive compensation in the event that the airline has breached their contract and cannot get you to your destination on time. You have the Court of Justice of the European Union on your side, which has ensured that it’s almost impossible airlines to evade their obligations if they have caused a flight or cancellation.

 

Hang on to all your documents

Once you’ve reached your destination, regardless of how long the delay was and how long it took you to get there, it’s vital that you hold on to all of your documents until your dispute is settled. Airlines may reject your claim if you’re not able to provide proof of your travels in the form of boarding passes and other documents. Likewise, hold on to the receipts of every expense that you occured along the way, so that you can prevent these to the airline and get refunded for those too.

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We’ve joined the MEBAA community

We’ve joined the MEBAA community

We’re pleased to announce that we are now a MEBAA member, as part of our plans to rapidly expand into the Middle East over the next five years.

Managing Director, Dave Capper, said, “I’m looking forward to building great relations with key figures in the Middle East in the coming months. I will be attending the MEASA event in November, and exhibiting at the MEBAA show in December, both in Dubai.”

He continued, “It’s the first time we’ll be exhibiting at the MEBAA show, and we’re really excited to be part of it. We’re keen to speak with members of the MEBAA community to seek out any possible business opportunities.”

The team will be exhibiting at the MEBAA show in December, at stand 765, where they will speaking with current and potential customers about their recruitment needs. As we focus on the aviation industry, we are able to differentiate ourselves from other job websites by offering a service based on in depth knowledge and expertise. It’s important to recognise that Aviation Job Search is not a recruitment agency, nor do we charge placement fees on placing candidates. We are predominantly a platform which brings together the world’s best job opportunities in the aviation industry, all under one roof.

Attending the event will be the Business Development Managers for the Middle East region, Omar Ali and Aaron Jabbery. They will also be accompanied by the Managing Director, Dave Capper. To book an appointment, simply call +44 1772 978085 or visit recruiting.aviationjobsearch.com/events-meetus

 As a greeting to the MEBAA community, we’re pleased to offer its members a complimentary 20% off for all new customers. This promotion will be running for all new customers during 2019 to celebrate their twentieth year in business, though Aviation Job Search is extending the offer to the MEBAA community earlier. To access the 20% off, simply call one of our team and quote MEBAA20.

We’d like to take the opportunity to say thank you on being welcomed into the MEBAA community, and we look forward to a prosperous working relationship with many of its members.

 

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Life as a pilot: Long haul vs short haul

If you’re thinking of becoming a pilot, or are due to gain your ATPL soon, there are two main options that a commercial pilot can choose from – long or short haul, but what’s the difference? Here’s our simple rundown of the main differences between both.

Life as a short haul pilot

More often than not, a pilot’s first commercial job will be flying short haul to destinations within Europe. Not many British airlines do nightstops in Europe so a typical day will consist of 2 – 6 return trips, dependent on the time to reach the destination. Work patterns like this will often be in blocks between 4 and 6 days, with a few days rest between blocks. There are time limits on what is legally acceptable – and safe – for pilots to fly, so this will all be factored into the rota. Flying short haul will help a newly qualified pilot learn a lot quicker as the pilot will be performing more take offs and landings in one day than a long haul pilot would perform in a month. Pilots will also become more familiar with airports, their layout and operations by continually flying in and out of them. Working short haul does require stamina, especially in the early days when you’re trying to adapt to a new work pattern. If you’re on ‘earlies,’ you can expect to be waking up around 4am to arrive at the airport around 6am – no problem if you’re an early bird, but for some, trying to convince your body to sleep earlier than normal is challenging. A normal day would commence with a briefing, which would study the route, an alternative route, the destination’s weather and suitable bolt-holes along the way. Other factors looked at during the brief would be weights, loads, flight times, slot delays and any technical defects known to the aircraft. A decision on how much fuel is required will be made from the given information, and then the pilot (and cabin crew) will make their way to the aircraft. Once on board, the pilot will commence extensive pre-flight checks. A commercial pilot’s main job is to connect passengers safely from A to B. However, airlines are providing customers with a service, so if the aircraft is held up for any reason, it is up to the staff to collectively resolve it quickly. An airline with a bad reputation for cancelling or delaying flights will run the risk of customers opting for a more reliable airline. Turnaround times between flights are short, sometimes as little as 25 minutes, so there is scarce time for breaks. Also, if one of your earlier flights gets delayed for whatever reason, you will spend the whole day trying to catch up. Meal times will also be sporadic and unstructured to what constitutes a normal eating pattern. However, one big plus of flying short haul is that you get to sleep in your own bed every night, and your body clock shouldn’t alter too much. This works well for pilots with young families as theoretically, you should be more refreshed (i.e. no jet lag) during your days off.  Also, if you work for a leisure or holiday airline, you can expect to be busier in the summer months as people look to jet off on holiday, and less so in winter. While flying in Europe is physically demanding, it is considered to be very satisfying. While you might not get to see more than the runway or airport, usually the standards are much higher compared to other destinations in the world.  

What about long haul?

While there are some similarities between a long and short haul pilot, the pace of flying long haul is very different as everything takes a little longer. Briefings will take longer as pilots have a longer flight route to load, they have to take into account more weather scenarios and seek out more diversion routes along the way. Once airborne, pilots could still be loading ancillary data such as wind speeds, directions, distances and getting oceanic clearance (if you’re heading that way) for the first hour of the flight. Then, throughout the flight, pilots would need to make periodic checks of routes, timings, fuel quantity and temperatures.   London based captain, Nick Anderson, noted that a plane could pass through three or four weather systems, varying in type, intensity, and level of difficulty on one flight. He said, “Weather is a huge problem for us on the long flights.” He continued, “You can’t really sit back and relax. Going as fast as we are, you come upon these weather systems very, very quickly. We give thunderstorms a wide berth, and that requires traffic clearance.” Similar to short haul, long haul pilots are required to turn up for work fit and well rested. Fatigue is a big issue and many airlines will carry an additional pilot on longer international flights, so they have a fully alert operating crew at all times. Having an alert pilot is particularly crucial when landing in busy airfields such as New York or Sydney, as full concentration is required. Long haul pilots will typically be away from home for a few days at a time, but with considerable time off between flights. Under EASA regulations, some destinations that have bigger time differences will require four local nights back at home so the pilot can re-adjust to the time zone before reporting for duty again. All pilots have a maximum monthly and yearly hour limitation on how many hours they can fly; a long haul pilot will usually reach their maximum hours much quicker than a short haul pilot. Unlike short haul, long haul pilots will get to see some of the destinations they fly to, which can be a huge bonus, dependant on your home situation. However, while you’re visiting amazing places and indulging in new experiences, you’ll be doing it miles away from your family and friends, which for some pilots isn’t worth the compromise. On asked which he prefered, Pilot, Dave Inch, said, “Different flying is like different flavors of ice cream. Everybody has a favorite – and often it depends on what’s happening in your life.”

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Aer Lingus to get a new look

Aer Lingus to get a new look

This week, Aer Lingus has revealed a three year plan to refresh their brand, a plan that coincides with the acquisition of eight new Airbus narrowbodies next year. The plans will  reflect the airline’s ambition to be the leading value carrier across the North Atlantic.

Chief Executive, Stephen Kavanagh, revealed the plans included a facelift for the current fleet (an external repaint) and new uniforms for the staff. During the Airline Passenger Associations annual expo in Boston, Kavanagh said, “Our current livery and uniform have been in service for close to 25 years. Our business has changed and we have to take the opportunity to modernise our brand.”

As the plans are rolled out from early 2019, the flagship carrier for Ireland will also offer free alcoholic beverages and free unlimited internet access for coach passengers who didn’t purchase “saver fares.” However, the airline stated that downloads would be limited to 20Mb, which is “enough for social messaging.”  

The rebranding comes shortly before the airline acquire eight new long-range Airbus A321LRs, scheduled to arrive from April onwards. The aircraft will have brand new engines, fitted with aerodynamic technology to increase range and fuel efficiency, and reduce noise.

Kavanagh said, “The range capability of this aircraft is uniquely suited to Aer Lingus, with much of the market opportunity in North America capable of being served.”

He continued, “Alongside our growth strategy, we remain committed to delivering our signature high standard of service to our guests. Our aircraft are designed for maximum guest comfort, whether in economy or business class and our staff are dedicated to ensuring every guest has a pleasant experience on board. Among the extras we offer as standard on transatlantic flights are complimentary 23kg baggage allowance (Smart Fare), complimentary on-board meals, and 120 hours of the very best in-flight entertainment.”

Last week, Aer Lingus announced two new routes to Montreal and Minneapolis, bringing the total number of North American destinations they fly to, to 15. Kavanagh said, “Since joining International Airlines Group (IAG) in 2015, Aer Lingus has launched eight new direct transatlantic services to Los Angeles, Newark, Hartford, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle and now Montréal and Minneapolis-St. Paul, marking the largest ever transatlantic expansion in our history. In the past three years alone, Aer Lingus has increased the number of destinations served from nine to fifteen and has also added capacity on a number of existing routes.”

He continued, “The two new destinations will add a quarter of million additional seats annually to Aer Lingus’ transatlantic network which already carries 2.8m guests annually between Ireland and North America. Our ambition is to be the leading value carrier across the North Atlantic and we will continue to add new routes and capacity on an ongoing basis over the coming years.”

 

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