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Airlines Across the Globe Move to Require Two Crew Members at All Times Following Germanwings Crash

Airlines Across the Globe Move to Require Two Crew Members at All Times Following Germanwings Crash

In the wake of Tuesday’s crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320 aircraft that is believed to have been caused by the co-pilot after he locked the captain out of the cockpit, killing 149 other passengers and crew members, numerous airlines and regulatory agencies announced plans to implement a protocol requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times has come under scrutiny.
U.S. airlines follow a protocol introduced …

Germanwings Co-Pilot Believed to Have Deliberately Crashed Plane, Captain Locked Out of Cockpit

Germanwings Co-Pilot Believed to Have Deliberately Crashed Plane, Captain Locked Out of Cockpit

A French prosecutor said on Thursday that the evidence gathered so far indicates that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 deliberately locked the captain out of the cockpit and crashed the plane early Tuesday morning.
“At this moment, in light of investigation, the interpretation we can give at this time is that the co-pilot through voluntary abstention refused to open the door of the cockpit to the commander, and activated the …

Germanwings Plane Crashes in French Alps

Germanwings Plane Crashes in French Alps

A Germanwings plane en route from Barcelona to Düsseldorf crashed in southern France on Tuesday.
The aircraft, an Airbus A320 operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings subsidiary, was carrying 150 passengers and crew members, all of whom are feared dead, French President François Hollande said.
“The conditions of the accident suggest there are no survivors,” Mr. Hollande said on television.
The agency said that the plane descended from a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet to 5,000 feet …

Lufthansa Pilots Strike to Continue into Weekend, Hundreds of Additional Flights Cancelled

Lufthansa Pilots Strike to Continue into Weekend, Hundreds of Additional Flights Cancelled

Lufthansa pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit is continuing its job action against the airline over the weekend.  Hundreds of flights have been cancelled as a result.
The move follows three days of strikes that have impacted tens of thousands of passengers.
Vereinigung Cockpit called for the strike as part of a long-standing dispute with management over early retirement benefits for pilots.  The union staged ten strikes in 2014 and several earlier this year.
The …

Lufthansa Pilots Extend Strike, Hundreds of Flights Cancelled

Lufthansa Pilots Extend Strike, Hundreds of Flights Cancelled

A day of strikes by pilots who had been slated to operate short- and medium-haul flights at Lufthansa will be followed by a strike affecting long-haul flights Thursday, and that may not be the last job action at the German flag carrier.
The job action caused Lufthansa to cancel 750 of 1,400 scheduled flights on Wednesday and the airline has already cancelled 84 of its 153 long-haul flights on Thursday.
The pilots …

Pilots’ Union Calls for Two-Day Strike at Lufthansa’s Germanwings Unit

Pilots’ Union Calls for Two-Day Strike at Lufthansa’s Germanwings Unit

Travelers in Germany are facing what will be the second strike in that country this month as the union representing pilots at Lufthansa’s discount airline Germanwings threatened a two-day job action.
Vereinigung Cockpit said Tuesday that it is calling for a 48-hour strike starting midnight Thursday local time.  All Germanwings flights in Germany will be impacted.  The union said that the job action was due to a failure of talks this …

Security Worker Strike Set for Monday at German Airports

Security Worker Strike Set for Monday at German Airports

Security screeners at three German airports will hold a one-day strike on Monday.
Workers who staff security checkpoints at Hamburg, Hannover, and Stuttgart airports plan to walk off the job early Monday morning.  The move by ver.di, one of the world’s largest unions with 2.1 million members, follows its demand for a €2.50 per hour wage increase for airport security staff.
The job action will impact over 40,000 passengers in Hamburg alone.  Meanwhile, …