Airlines to avoid
The two Libyan airlines are still working on being removed from the EU Black List so they can resume flights to Europe. The flag-carrier, Libyan Airlines, is having some difficulty with its pilots because it wants them all to go through Lufthansa’s testing programme in Germany. Understandably, some are very reluctant to accept this and fear for their jobs. The fact that Libyan Airlines is taking such a thorough approach is definitely encouraging. On the other hand, the second airline of Libya, Afriqiyah, may have real difficulties obtaining approval to fly to Europe. It has been chartering a foreign aircraft to maintain its route to Paris, but a recent emergency on a flight revealed that the airline’s record keeping was shambolic. This was emphasised when it came to light it had been employing an American pilot with a fake licence.
Last month, we suggested that passengers on the new longhaul service by Norwegian from New York to Oslo might be a little surprised to be greeted at the door by Thai cabin staff. The airline will be using its new 787s to fly budget longhaul services from Scandinavia to Bangkok and the US so it makes sense to employ crew at the cheapest end of the network. It seems the Norwegian Ministry of Employment is rather unimpressed by the airline’s plans and is refusing to allow the arrangement on a Norwegian-registered aircraft. The airline insists this was just one of a number of options and is considering what to do…
Read the rest of this article in June’s Inside Traveller.
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