Guest Nils Haupt is Director and Head of Corporate Communications for The Americas, Lufthansa German Airlines. We talk about the airlines and associated companies that fall under the Lufthansa airline group, their cargo operations and how Lufthansa is dealing with the severe night flight ban in Frankfurt. Also how Lufthansa operating in a high cost country means they have to deliver quality. We touch on competition with low cost carriers, the Germanwings strategy, and cooperation with United and Air Canada. Nils comments on their 747-8 experience, the cost of fuel, the schedule for interior upgrades, and much more.
We also talk about some of the recent aviation labor activity, big news on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, bizjet engine advances, and the attempted Predator shoot down by Iranian jets.
The week’s aviation news:
- American Airlines moves closer to pilot contract
- Machinists union approves new Bombardier contract
- TSA Grabs Union Contract
- EU sees progress on UN airline emissions deal
- EU Suspends extension of plane emissions trading rules
- New Technology Brings Business Jet Operating Costs Back To Earth
- Iranian Pilots Tried (and Failed) to Shoot Down a U.S. Drone
David’s Aircraft of the Week is the Sukhoi Su-25 “Frogfoot.”
In this week’s Australia Desk report:
There is a disturbance in the Force as the Qantas pilots union agrees with management on an issue. In this case, Qantas is refusing to pay the operators of Brisbane International Airport up front for the construction of a new runway. In other news, Qantas announces further maintenance job cuts – nearly 500 more to go from Avalon and Sydney, and some aerial fire suppression operations go a little wrong in New South Wales after a helicopter fills its bucket from a sewerage treatment pond and deposits the contents on 29 firefighters. Yuk!
Find more from Grant and Steve at the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast, and follow the show on Twitter at @pcdu Steve’s at @stevevisscher and Grant at @falcon124. Australia Desk archives can be found at www.australiadesk.net.
In this week’s Across the Pond segment:
Pieter gets an update from Diego López-Salazar from Aeropodcast.com. First his recent delayed trip to China, then we cover Spain and of course his pet topic Ryanair! Find Diego on Twitter as @dlopezsalazar.
- Lufthansa Social Media Newsroom
- Hot Air Balloon Simulator
- Security Camera Recorded Plane Crash In Brazil CAUGHT ON VIDEO
- A unique trip around North Korea
- Stephen’s LGB Blog
- Dos Gringos
- An Unexpected Briefing
- Differing Conops Vie For U.S. Navy Delivery Mission
Listener Jodi working on her Commercial in the Bell 206
Opening and closing music courtesy Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at www.brotherloverocks.com.