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Top 5 Reasons Why A Flight Attendant Job Is Hard

Some say that a Flight Attendant is just a glorified waitress.

Others look at the crew and think that it is like a regular job that does not stress you out or wears you out. And why would there be stress or fatigue? You get to travel all around the world, sit in the airplane, sell some drinks and then say a warm goodbye for the passengers leaving the aircraft. You ask yourself, what is so difficult about it?

Well, we think otherwise. We think that working as a flight attendant is hard. It’s almost comparable to working as a pilot and their job is not very easy!

But if you ask us why working as a flight attendant is hard, here are the top 5 reasons why:

5. Low wages

Now, this might be a bit controversial, but compared to pilots, Flight attendants do not earn much.

Sure, the salary is definitely liveable on and they do earn much more than a usual person.

But at the same time, flight attendants have so much responsibility on their heads that their salary does not properly reward them. We‘ll talk about their responsibilities much later, but being a flight attendant is certainly not an easy task to do. To illustrate, imagine a stress-to-reward ratio, and that ratio is swinging a lot to the side of stress.

However, while the wages might not properly reward them for the work, a career as a flight attendant means that you get to travel all around the world and see certain cities at least for a brief moment. So there are other, non-monetary benefits to the job.

From the airline business point-of-view, raising the wages of their cabin crew might put them at risk of bankruptcy, which is even worse as everyone, including Flight attendants, would lose their jobs.

4. Instability

The aviation industry is a wild ride of ups and downs. The most recent example of that is WOW Air – an airline that declared that they are ceasing all operations. The announced surprised everyone in the industry, probably including the people that worked there. But to illustrate, just in 2016 the airline reaped in massive profits and it was flourishing. WOW Air was expanding it‘s route network and buying, leasing new aircraft.

However, just one year later, the airline was in deep trouble. The first signs of bankruptcy showed up and they needed money fast, which they did not receive. The story repeats itself throughout the history of aviation, so this is nothing new.

But it showcases that one trigger might set off a chain of events that can fade an airline into history. Which in turn means that people‘s jobs are also going down in history.

Cabin Crew Traveling

Another aspect of a flight attendant career is that the job itself is unstable. You obviously travel a lot, so a family, further education in a university or settling down somewhere is nearly impossible as you never know where will you end up at the end of the day.

Of course, you know your schedule ahead of time, but that time frame is not enough and you sometimes might miss important dates in your lives – friends‘ birthdays, family holidays or any other occasion.

3. Training

The flight training process for Flight attendants can be quite rough.

Firstly, it is strict and long, as flight attendants have to know their aircraft thoroughly. Same as pilots, who get a type rating to be able to fly an aircraft, so does the cabin crew have to get their type rating on which aircraft they can work on.

The training takes place in various environments. You learn the basic stuff like opening the door of the aircraft or taking the passengers through safety instructions. It also includes preparing for such situations as giving first aid or helping out passengers with any kind of health emergency.

Emirates Cabin Crew Training - YouTube

But even the most rigorous training could not prepare you for some situations, such as delivering babies, as it happened on a Turkish Airlines flight in 2017.

In addition, a Flight attendant needs to showcase his skills in customer service, such as serving their superiors who pretend to be passengers. The potential cabin crew members also need to display their skills in make-up and keeping a clean uniform.

Furthermore, even if you make it through the interview process and begin training, you still need to display your best abilities. If worst comes to worst, you might not get hired if you fail the training process.

2. Humans

The main engine that drives the aviation industry is humans. At the basic level, if there are no passengers, aviation would not have been where it is now. If there are no pilots, planes would not fly, if there are no engineers, the planes would run for a few years only. The list goes on.

But a flight attendant has to deal with human beings and their needs constantly. Now, to put it lightly, humans can be mean.

Flight attendant serving customers

There multiple instances where flight attendants have had a scary experience when dealing with passengers. For example, a passenger was holding a flight attendant hostage or a supervisor slapping a cabin crew member. Yep, even your own colleagues can be difficult to deal with.

So that is why not only the constantly buzzing engines and movements in the air can get tiring. Passengers can also contribute to the fatigue that flight attendants experience when they work.

1. Responsibilities

But when it comes down to it, the biggest reason why working as a flight attendant is very difficult is that you are responsible for the lives of everyone on board. It is not just serving drinks, snacks and other shopping items.

First and foremost, you need to make sure that in an emergency situation, the headless chickens that are the passengers do not get lost and everyone stays safe. You are responsible for peace on board, you prevent any harassment from happening or anyone losing their mind, figuratively. Passengers to a flight attendant are just like children that they need to take care of, as they can get quite nervous.

And then secondly a flight attendant serves meals or fills a cup of water.

So, the next time you get on a flight just remember that the people that work on the aircraft are the people that you trust your life with. Respect and take care of them.

As a final point, if you are thinking about becoming a flight attendant, do not get scared. While some parts of the job can be difficult, but on the other hand, there are so many benefits to it. The pros definitely outweigh the cons!

Looking for a job as a flight attendant? Check out our job offers right here!

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WOW Air Ceases All Operations

Amidst all the chaos that has erupted recently in the aviation industry, it seems like more shake-up is going to follow. Wow Air, the Icelandic low-cost carrier that connected Europe and the United States has issued a travel alert with a bold headline consisting of 6 words:

End of Operation of WOW AIR

Skúli Mogensen established the ultra-low-cost carrier in 2011, with the plan to connect to Europe and later on, North America.

WOW Air expanded quickly – the first few years seemed like the airline has a WOW factor to it and it would soon start competing with Icelandair. And WOW Air tried to – in 2015 it began flying to Baltimore International Airport in the United States, it expanded its fleet and destination number in Europe.

It seemed like everything went according to plan and WOW Air was wowed by their profits in 2016.

However, since then the tide turned. The ultra-low-cost carrier was experiencing financial difficulties since 2017 when the airline posted a total loss of $13.5 million. In the first half of 2018, WOW Air posted a staggering loss of almost $48 million, signaling the first signs that the airline might not survive a winter that already claimed a few airlines, namely Germania and Flybmi.

Looking for help

As everybody saw that WOW Air is struggling for cash, the airline began looking for solutions to its problems.

At first, a restructuring process began in December of 2018. The ultra-low-cost carrier reduced their fleet and unfortunately, fired hundreds of its employees. They also reduced the number of routes that WOW Air would operate, namely flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Delhi.

Talks began with Icelandair, where the former will purchase the airline and incorporate WOW Air’s aircraft and routes into its network.

But talks broke down and Icelandair pulled out.

WOW Air’s management did not give up and began discussing with Indigo Partners. Indigo Partners is an equity firm which owns several low-cost and ultra-low-cost carriers around the world. While at first there were positive signs for the Icelandic airline, the two parties hoped their talks will conclude by March 29th with a rescue package for WOW Air.

Yet again, talks broke down. Indigo Partners were not interested anymore.

Nevertheless, WOW Air’s management did not give up. They contacted Icelandair to redefine their previous conditions about a purchase. In the same way that Icelandair pulled out at the end of last November, it did so this March.

And that seemed to be the last straw. Today, on the wee hours of March 28th, 2019, WOW Air announced that it is ending all operations. The airline ceased their 8-year-old story with a sad ending.

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A Boeing 737 MAX Makes An Emergency Landing In The United States

If the public confidence in the Boeing 737 MAX was not already at an all-time low, then the emergency landing certainly will drag it down even lower.

Authorities have grounded every single Boeing 737 MAX, but airlines can operate them to ferry them to bases or storage spaces. Which means that no passengers can be onboard the aircraft when it is flying.

So, Southwest Airlines decided to ferry one of their 737 MAX jets out of Orlando and transfer it to Victorville, California. The aircraft was a Boeing 737 MAX registered N8712L.

Unfortunately, just after taking off the pilots experienced issues with one of the LEAP engines and declared an emergency. Reportedly, everything turned out okay – the crew landed safely in Orlando Airport without any injuries.

Southwest Boeing 737s At Orlando International Airport Is the emergency related to the crashes?

In short, no.

To provide a bit longer answer, the main suspect of the two deadly Boeing 737 MAX crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia is the MCAS. The system, which was supposed to increase the safety of the jet and prevent stalls from happening, has caught the attention of everyone. Preliminary reports indicate that MCAS related issues downed the two jets.

Subsequently, aviation safety authorities grounded every single MAX. Airlines could not operate them commercially, but they could move their fleet to save money.

And as previously mentioned, the Southwest Boeing 737 MAX encountered an issue with one of its engines, rather than the MCAS.

But there might be another issue. And it’s related to the fact that we’re again seeing the words emergency, Boeing and MAX in the same sentence.

Let me explain why.

Public Confidence

While engine issues are nothing out of the norm in aviation and aircraft can land safely with a single engine, a bigger problem lies behind the headline of a Boeing 737 MAX going through an emergency.

After more and more shocking facts have emerged about the manufacturing, safety and certification issues about the MAX, the general public question themselves before going on the 737.

Sure, Boeing will fix the MAX. The Seattle based company is already testing new software changes which will reduce the chance of triggering MCAS. Boeing also invited pilots from the three major American carriers, namely Southwest, American Airlines and United Airlines.

As multiple sources indicate, Boeing has fixed one of the main issues of the MCAS, which was that the system relied on only one Angle of Attack sensor. That is definitely positive progress to get the 737 MAX flying again.

Grounded 737s

However, there might be a problem which no airline or Boeing can fix.

Public confidence and reputation.

Throughout history, safety concerns grounded some of the most well-known aircraft for a brief period of time. The Boeing 787, Concorde, the DC-10 and the de Havilland Comet sat on the ground during their peak years.

While all of them eventually returned to the air, the groundings led to the eventual downfall of 2 of them. Namely, the Concorde and the Comet. Additionally, McDonell Douglas encountered a lot of issues selling the DC-10 after it‘s grounding, but airlines would operate the “exploding cargo doors” tri-jet for a lot of years successfully.

Relative safety

I think it’s important to note that Concorde had a lot of issues beforehand, but the Air France Flight 4509 disaster and the subsequent grounding did not help the supersonic aircraft. The Comet was the first commercial jet-engine aircraft and it just had too many design flaws. After returning to service after 4 years, it was just too late, as the Boeing 707 claimed the majority of the market.

But the DC-10 carries a different story, a story that is very comparable to the Boeing 737 MAX. I won’t go into much detail, but to sum up, the DC-10 had a poorly designed cargo door that had a higher potential of not locking properly and then explosive decompression would follow.

DC-10

The DC-10 experienced 2 deadly crashes related to the cargo doors, but a third accident related to engine mounting shattered its reputation. The media created a massive hysteria – the public did not trust the DC-10 anymore.

Similarly, the Boeing 737 MAX is going through a comparable situation. It had two fatal crashes that led to a terrible loss of life. The media went crazy with it, even creating fake stories that Ethiopian Airlines had to contradict. And with social media everywhere nowadays, it’s even harder to control your reputation. The opinion of the general population changed immediately.

And if you’ve looked at the general mood of the public, the image is clear as ice – not many people trust the Boeing 737 MAX anymore.

Is the Boeing 737 MAX headed for the same fate as the Comet?

The de Havilland Comet sat on the ground for 4 years. During that time competitors managed to catch up and overcome the huge advantage the Comet had. It never recovered.

But the difference was that de Havilland had their eggs in one basket. They also did not have much competition at the beginning.

In contrast, Boeing has a lot of different and successful models currently flying in the air. While airlines might think twice about ordering the Boeing 737 MAX, other Boeing aircraft are doing incredibly well. So, while not infinite, Boeing still has the monetary resources.

Also, Boeing has competition. Competition, namely Airbus, forced Boeing into the 737 MAX. We’ve covered it in this article. Because Airbus has an upper hand in the upgraded-fuel-efficiency narrow-body aircraft market, Boeing simply cannot let the 737 MAX fade away. They will pour their hearts and souls that their jet flies.

Why? Well, low-cost carriers love their Airbus A320neo or the Boeing 737 MAX. They allow them to save a lot of money on operational costs, especially fuel.

Airbus A320neo

And low-cost carriers are flourishing. They are taking over more and more of the market and legacy airlines that want to compete against them… buy their own A320s or 737s to fly their short-haul routes.

Boeing simply cannot afford to lose out on that much of the market. But every single time that the aircraft is even involved in a non-life threatening emergency, Boeing might struggle that much more.

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Top 5 Best Places In The World To Work As A Pilot

There are times in our lives where we choose the next step we will make. Your professional career is also like that – early on in our lives, we try to set it up for the best possible outcome in the future. A Pilot career is no exception. Choosing the right flight school, line training program and the correct location to kick-start your career is crucial to succeeding in the future.

Everybody knows that to become a pilot you need to have a quite hefty sum of money in your pocket. Flight schools, hour building programs are an expensive commodity. So making back the money is an important aspect when choosing the right Pilot career path.

On the other hand, commercial aviation is thriving – the best airlines in the world are posting record profit and passenger numbers. But as airline numbers rise, so does the demand for new pilots. In the past, the biggest airlines in the world like Emirates or American Airlines were forced to cancel flights because of pilot shortages.

American Airlines Canceled Flights because of pilot shortages in 2017

And it seems like airlines, no matter low-cost or legacy, they seem to agree on one thing. There is a massive shortage of professionals in the cockpit.

But some regions are more thriving than others, thus airlines offer pilots the best conditions possible.

So, a question stands.

When choosing the next move in your pilot career, which place in the world is the easiest and the best to find work as a pilot?

1. The Middle East

The region is becoming a synonym for luxurious air travel. Airlines, such as Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways are competing against each other to provide the best service possible.

Additionally, the Middle East is becoming a dominant force in the business world. More and more passengers travel to and from the region for various reasons.

Emirates is becoming one of the most attractive places to pursue a pilot career in

So, the demand for air travel is here. But carriers in the Middle East are adding more and more aircraft to their fleet. These new aircraft require crews to operate them.

And in order to supply the demand for pilots, Middle Eastern airlines are offering pilots wonderful career opportunities and working conditions. Attractive salary packages, excellent roster and travel options are almost guaranteed if you work in an airline located in the Middle East.

You can find Pilot career options in such airlines as Qatar Airways, Emirates or any other airline right here!

2. East Asia

If the Middle East is booming with air travel, then East Asia is exploding (not literally). Countries in East Asia, namely China, Japan and South Korea are striving. Their airlines are also regarded as one of the best in the world, with China’s Hainan Airlines and Japan’s All Nippon Airways making the best airlines in the world lists yearly.

If the Middle East lifestyle is not your cup of tea, you definitely cannot go wrong with a Pilot career in East Asia. Airlines here are also struggling to fill their cockpits, thus they offer excellent terms in their contracts with pilots.

Additionally, a lot of airlines in the region still fly the Boeing 747, meaning you might still grab an opportunity to work in the cockpit of the Queen Of The Skies!

Korean Air Boeing 747

Interested in working in East Asia? You can find all the Pilot job offers in countries like China, Japan and South Korea here!

3. South East Asia

The region to the south of East Asia, I guess there that is the reason why it‘s called South East Asia.

Anyways, terrible jokes aside, the region is home to various countries, cultures and airlines. Most notably, Singapore Airlines. If Middle East airlines are synonymous with luxury, then Singapore Airlines literally define luxurious air travel. Singapore Airlines alone makes the whole region more interesting to work in as a pilot. They have the longest non-stop scheduled flight between Singapore and Newark, their main hub, Singapore Changi airport is regarded as one of the best, if not the best airports in the world and take good care of their employees too.

But enough about Singapore Airlines, as South East Asian airports welcome other, world-class carriers. Namely, such airlines as Vietnam Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, EVA Air and one of the worlds Airbus A380 operators Thai Airways.

Thai Airways Airbus A380

South East Asia’s low-cost carriers such as Scoot, the airline famous for its fantastic liveries Nok Air and Jetstar Asia are also known for their top-notch service.

But to be the best as an airline, you not only need to provide excellent customer service but equally take care of your employees. And the carriers in the South East Asia region are known around the world to provide the best conditions for your Pilot career.

Does working in the region spark interest to you? Check our job offers for South East Asian countries!

4. India

Sure, this might shock some, but there is a good reason why India is on this list.

Let me explain why. India as a country is huge. Not only in the total area, but in population as well. In other words, the potential market and potential profits that lie there are astronomical. There are three reasons why the aviation industry in India will realize its potential.

Firstly, the current growth rates are insane. According to IATA, since the early 2010s, the Indian aviation market has doubled its passenger numbers from 78 million to 158 million. Destination count from Indian airports has tripled – in 2018, you could board a plane and get to 300 airports around the world. Just 10 years ago, the same number was three times lower – 100.

Secondly, the Indian economy is growing. Growth means that consumers have more disposable income which they can spend on flights. This further attributes to the fact that the Indian aviation industry is set to grow. Additionally, international businesses are already investing heavily in the country. Meaning that not only Indians will travel more – international business travelers will travel more to India.

And thirdly, the Indian government is heavily helping in developing the aviation industry. They have launched the UDAN-RDCS project. The main purpose of this project is to further develop regional airports. In addition, the Indian government wants to help airlines create more regional routes within the country.

Indian Airlines’ aircraft

Anyways, while India might not be on par with, for example, the Middle East just yet, but the saying early bird gets the worm perfectly illustrates the situation at hand right here. If you get in before everybody else, you will reap the benefits later on.

Find a job in India as a pilot right here!

5. Europe

We might be a little biased, but Europe is one of the most wonderful regions to work in as a pilot.

Not only the whole continent is absolutely stunning with various sights and attractions to see from above, but one of the best benefits of working here is that you can kick-start your pilot career easily.

Especially with so many low-cost carriers present, as they seem to be thriving at the moment. There are multiple reasons to work for a low-cost carrier like Ryanair, but essentially, if you are a pilot with not a lot of experience, low-cost carriers are a perfect place to gain more experience and stack up the flying hours.

And when you have gained enough flying hours to advance your career further, the biggest airlines, like Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM and many more are just next door.

Wish to work as a Pilot in Europe? Check out the job offers here!

Multiple European Airlines’ Aircraft

To sum up, there are many different reasons why one continent, region or a country might be a good place to work as a pilot. But at the moment, following the recent trends and tendencies, salaries and other benefits offered to pilots, these are the best pilot career options that we have picked.

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Why is your flight ticket so expensive?

You’re planning your next holiday and you’re looking for the best deals possible. A flight ticket, hotels, car rentals are all important factors for you and your fellow travelers, as your budgets differ.

You plan your trip to Barcelona in the summer and your flight tickets are way too expensive. Yet your friend, who traveled to the Catalan city in the early months of spring paid three times as less.

So you think that it is down to the fact that you’re traveling during the peak travel season and your friend visited Barcelona during the winter months.

However, it is not that simple. While it might look simple at first glance, the way airlines price tickets is much more complex.

Thus, to explain better why your flight ticket might cost $50 more than your friend’s, we will look into some of the reasons why the price might be much higher.

Timing

Timing is key to the price of a flight ticket. Sure, seasons matter as well, but we’ll mention them later on.

Firstly, even the days that you buy tickets on matter. To illustrate, imagine yourself as a businessman.

You are based in London and because of Brexit, your firm is moving to Frankfurt. Before the move, there are a lot of things to consider and go through, thus you have to fly to Frankfurt almost weekly to sort your business out.

But you are also a family man, so you want to spend as much time as possible with your wife and kids.

Anyways, your weekend ends and you have to travel that week to Frankfurt. You want to attend all the meetings in the first half of the week so that you relax at home on the weekend.

So, you fly out on Monday. You stay there maybe for a day or two and you plan to return on a Thursday or a Friday.

Pan American Airways Old School Flight Timetable

Now, let’s look at this issue from the point-of-view of an airline. You have a huge spike of traffic on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. The people that travel on these days are people that attend business meetings or any other matters, meaning that their corporations pay for their flight ticket.

So, because you, as an airline, have less traffic on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and on the weekends, you put cheaper tickets out on those days to fill the seats because the demand is lower. Subsequently, you raise the prices on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

And you will still fill your seats, no matter the fact that prices are higher. I’ll explain why later.

But what if my competitor bumps down the prices on the same London – Frankfurt route?

Competition

Obviously, you‘re not the only airline flying the route and your competitors always track your prices. As you track theirs.

But maybe you‘re the national flag carrier of Britain and the government allocates you more slots at the airport in London, meaning you can offer flights at various times of the day.

So, you schedule 3 flights per day. One in the morning, one in the evening and one late at night. As your competitors lack the slots, they have only two flights, which is scheduled to leave just before 12 PM and another leaves later on at 6 PM.

As a result, you have a monopoly on the early morning flight, meaning you can do whatever you want with the price. Okay, I exaggerated there a bit, but as long as the demand is there, you can raise the price accordingly.

British Airways and easyJet, a low-cost carrier

Because of your monopoly on the early morning flight, you make a profit there. If your competitor on the other two flights is a low-cost carrier, then they can operate flights much cheaper and therefore offer lower prices. But because you make a profit on the early morning flight, you can also offer cheaper flights later in the day even if you operate the flights at a loss.

Like a gas station

If you’re the only airline operating a route, that’s even better. If passengers travel on the route, you can raise the prices on it and nobody will be able to match them. Because of the demand and the only supply option, passengers will have no other option but to choose your higher price.

Imagine it like a gas station in the middle of nowhere. Drivers will come through because of different reasons, just as passengers fly for different reasons. Some might be business travelers, some might be leisure travelers.

Anyways, gas prices at gas stations do not differ much between competitors. However, food, water and other supplies’ prices differ between a gas station and a regular department store. Because the gas station is located in the middle of nowhere, it has no competition. So, if someone wants food, they will have to pay extra. If they do not want to pay extra, they will have to travel for miles to find any food, meaning the gas station provides the only supply option for the demand.

That is why a single airline operating a route is like a gas station.

Multiple Emirates aircraft dominating routes from and to Dubai

As is selling gas, getting passengers to fly is the main reason they come to your business.

But additionally, you make money other ways. Like the gas station makes extra money selling food.

Amenities

At first glance, airline tickets seem to be divided into three categories.

Economy, Business and First Class. Airlines might call them differently for marketing reasons, but those are the basic categories.

Now here comes the kicker, where airlines make extra money from a passenger that sits in economy, just like any other economy passenger.

You buy the cheapest ticket for a flight and you are happy that you got such a steal. But then you realize that you cannot register any bags,  pick out a seat or get a meal.

You think to yourself that you will need to bring an extra bag. What do you do? You pay more. Want to pick out a seat? Pay up. So, as you can see, economy passengers are not equal. Some might pay extra, some may just travel with the cheapest ticket available, as it satisfies their needs. And that applies to Business and First Class as well.

And of course, you sell things on board, like drinks and snacks.

Low-cost carriers like EasyJet make a lot of money with sales on board aircraft

Airlines also make money on various sponsorships deals on their magazines or advertisements on board their aircraft or in airport lounges.

Different needs

Just as I mentioned above why airlines will fill seats even if the ticket prices for the same day flights are different and that passengers have varying needs, we will dig deeper.

So, even if airlines bump prices they will still fill seats. Why? Passengers need to get to their destination before a certain time, meaning they have a need. The airline provides the solution to their need, just at a higher price.

Staying in line with the business traveler example, they need to make a morning meeting at 9 AM. They have two options:

  • Take an early flight, make the meeting on time, but pay extra for the ticket;
  • Or pay less, but be late for the meeting by an hour. And if being late is not an option or the meeting cannot be moved, you choose option number 1.

Thus, even with the higher price, airlines will fill seats.

Business Traveler

But business travelers are one side of the coin. On the flip side, leisure travelers have different needs.

They plan their holidays in advance, unlike business travelers who buy the tickets a week or two before their flight.

If you plan in advance, you get the royalty of picking out the cheapest tickets. However, airlines allocate a limited number of tickets that are the cheapest to a flight. So, the earlier you start planning your vacation, the chance of you getting the cheapest flight ticket increases. As these tickets sell out, the airline sees that there is demand and raises the price. Of course, nowadays computers do the job for airlines.

But seasons do matter

And it adds to the point, that passengers have different needs. Airlines know their passengers and they know that during the summer when the weather is much nicer, more people are going on vacation.

Subsequently, airlines adjust their routes (bring back seasonal destinations), increase their capacity on routes and reposition aircraft differently.

Knowing all of the pointers above, like airline having a monopoly on a route, the company can raise the price just enough so that they do not scare passengers away. They will still purchase a ticket, as they want to go on holiday, but at a higher price.

Passengers waiting for a flight

And because during the winter there are significantly fewer passengers, airlines adjust accordingly to the demand. They still need to earn money and not go bankrupt – winter is the most difficult season for airlines, as this winter has showcased. Airlines like Germania or Flybmi ceased their operations in the winter of 2019.

In conclusion,

Contrary to public belief, your flight ticket alone does not cover the operating costs of a flight. It might cover fuel or airport taxes, but the extra purchases make up the difference.

Nor the reason for the high price is a simple one. There is a multitude of factors that go into the price of a flight ticket and these are the reasons why.

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JetBlue Pilots Raped Three Flight Attendants After Drugging Them

A horrific event has emerged after the three victims sued the two First Officers on Monday.

The lawsuit, filed in Brooklyn accounts the horrible events that took place on the 9th of May, 2018.

The three JetBlue flight attendants had a layover in Puerto Rico before their flight on the 10th of May back to the mainland United States.

On the night of the incident, the three crew members met two JetBlue first officers on the beach, Eric Johnson and Dan Watson.

After finding out the pilots worked for JetBlue, the 5 of them went out to share some beers.

According to the lawsuit, the two men dropped drugs in the beers that the women were drinking. Subsequently, “the rest of night became a blur”, federal court papers note.

The group went back to the hotel, where the crew stayed overnight. One of the flight attendants, identified as Jane Doe 1, recalled that she “felt the influence of the drug that [Johnson] laced the beer with, and was unable to react to the situation, but was simply aware it was happening.”

The second crew member, identified as Jane Doe 2, became sick from the drugs. She began vomiting, so the pair of pilots “were turned off” by her sickness.

Reported but no action

The flight attendants felt “groggy and numb” the next morning on their flight towards Newark, New Jersey. When they realized what had happened, they were “stunned”, per court papers.

Jane Doe 1, one of the flight attendants, has reported that she contracted HPV from Eric Johnson.

The women reported the dreadful events to JetBlue, but according to sources, the airline did not take any action against the pilots.

JetBlue failed to take any action against the pilots

The three flight attendants are suing the pilots for $75.000 in damages individually. Additionally, the pilots will be liable for any attorney costs.

JetBlue has said that they look at “allegations of violent or inappropriate behavior very seriously and investigates such claims thoroughly.”

Similar incident

Shockingly, this is not the first time that this has happened in the aviation industry. Just last year, an Alaska Airlines First Officer sued the airline because a captain raped her. The victim, identified as Betty Pina sued the airline for also not taking any action against the predator.

Her situation is almost identical that the JetBlue flight attendants suffered. The captain drugged her drink and later dragged Betty to the hotel room.

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More shocking facts about the Boeing 737 MAX crashes

Recent reports have added more confusion, anger and disbelief about the two deadly Boeing 737 MAX accidents over the past 6 months.

The Federal Aviation Authority and Boeing has come under a lot of scrutiny for their training and certification procedures. Pilots from various unions around the United States have stated that nor Boeing nor the FAA have informed them properly about the dangers of MCAS.

Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System has been blamed for the Lion Air Flight JT610 fatal crash in October of 2018.

After the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 accident, Ethiopian authorities have found the black box of the Boeing 737 MAX. They delivered it to French aviation accident investigators. Subsequently, the Ethiopian Minister of Transport has said that initial data readings have indicated similarities between the two crashes.

So far, airlines and aviation authorities have grounded the Boeing 737 MAX 8s until further notice. People are questioning whether the jet will fly again.

Boeing 737 MAX Pilots trained on iPads

No, the subheading is not a joke. According to some reports that have emerged over the past few days, Boeing trained pilots on iPads to fly the new MAX.

Aviation authorities were already criticizing Boeing and FAA for their negligence regarding the release and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX variant. But these reports have taken cherry on top of the cake.

Boeing marketed the new MAX to airlines that it will save them a lot of money on maintenance and fuel. In addition, the new aircraft variant will also reduce costs on training pilots who already were licensed to fly the Boeing 737 NG variant.

Boeing made a point that the controls of the MAX are almost identical to the NG, thus pilots required minimal training to fly the MAX.

So, a few pilots have come out and talked about the so-called cost-cutting training program for the Boeing 737 MAX. Evidently, the training session was a one-hour theoretical lecture with an iPad on how to fly the MAX. Pilots did not step into the simulator to try their hand at the controls.

Boeing 737 Simulator

And what’s even grimmer is the fact that the theoretical lecture did not include any information about the MCAS. Flight manuals also lacked any information about the system, which investigators are claiming to be responsible for the deadly accidents.

And recent data recovered from the cockpit voice recorders from the Lion Air crash has revealed that pilots were panicking and searching for a way to fix the aircraft’s nose of pitching down because of the faulty Angle Of Attack sensors.

United States Transportation Department Investigating the FAA and Boeing

After airlines and aviation authorities around the world grounded the MAX 8 due to safety concerns, the United States was one of the last countries to do so.

But the certification process of the Boeing 737 MAX is raising even more questions.

Boeing was in a rush. As we mentioned in the article about whether Boeing is canceling the MAX, Airbus made headlines in the U.S. when American Airlines agreed to order the newest Airbus A320neo to refresh its narrow-body fleet. Previous to this, Boeing wanted to design a new jet to replace the 737. But the news shocked Boeing and the company had to take swift action, else it would lose a lot of money to Airbus.

Airbus A320neo pressured Boeing into the 737 MAX

So, they came up with the 737 MAX. Boeing took a very simple route. Take the successful 737, redesign it a bit and sell it to airlines before Airbus can secure more orders.

Still, the Seattle based aircraft manufacturer was in a scramble. It needed to design, build and get approval from the FAA for the new jet.

And the last part is where it gets very questionable. So, that is why the United States Department of Transportation has opened up an investigation about how the FAA approved the Boeing 737 MAX.

Time was the number one priority

As Boeing was in a rush, the FAA’s upper management pressured their safety engineers to let Boeing approve the new MAX themselves. To say the least, Boeing might be a little biased to approve Boeing aircraft.

But this was not something new, as FAA has complained about the lack of money and human resources over the years. So, in order not to strain themselves, the FAA increased Boeing’s authority to approve their aircraft.

Boeing 737 Factory

According to the Seattle Times, the certification process of the Boeing 737 MAX was taken to the next level. FAA constantly questioned their engineers whether they have taken up too many pointers in the certification checklist. FAA’s management wanted to increase the portion of how much Boeing would certify the aircraft.

When certifying the MAX, safety was not a top priority. Time was. Airbus was miles ahead on the A320neo and Boeing were desperate to catch up. FAA’s managers seemed like they also understood that time was a number one priority and would not review documents thoroughly.

And proof that time was a number one priority is that the FAA approved MCAS in the first place.

Boeing 737 MAX design flaws

Airbus definitely complicated things for Boeing. They had to improvise quickly.

So, they did. To improve the fuel efficiency of their new jet, they not only introduced new winglets but Boeing also introduced new engines on the 737.

The CFM Leap-1B promised to be more efficient than the older CFM56-7B, which was on the 737NG. And indeed it is more efficient. However, it is also much bigger. It weighs more and it is bigger in size.

CFM Leap-1B Engines

Because of its bigger size, Boeing had to change the mounting point of the engine. In short, they put them further forward and much higher on the wings. But the different mounting point made the Boeing 737 MAX prone to a stall. The engine positions on the wings forced the nose of the aircraft to go up.

But the further mounted engines were not the flaw. Nor was the bigger size. Boeing had to one-up Airbus somehow.

MCAS was the problem. The same software, which supposedly had to prevent the aircraft from stalling.

Dependence on a single sensor

We‘ve talked about how does the MCAS software work in this article, so we won‘t go into much detail. But to sum up, MCAS pushes down the nose automatically when the Angle Of Attack is too high.

But this is where the issues begin.

Boeing noted to the FAA that MCAS is limited to adjust the stabilizer by 0.6 degrees. However, after the Lion Air crash, Boeing distributed a manual on MCAS. The manual said that Boeing limited the adjustments of MCAS to 2.5 degrees.

Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX

The FAA engineers that worked to approve the Boeing 737 MAX were baffled. They hadn‘t seen such a number in the documents.

They were baffled once more when they realized that MCAS can trigger as many times as it sees fit, as the preliminary report of the Lion Air crash has showcased. So the pilots of the Lion Air Flight JT610 were essentially constantly fighting against the system to maintain proper airspeed and altitude. Unfortunately, as MCAS triggered 21 times, they could not keep up. As a result, they plunged into the sea with no survivors.

Yet this is not the end. The Boeing 737 MAX has 2 AoA sensors in the front of the aircraft, just below the pilot‘s windows. Even though it has 2, MCAS somehow relies on one sensor to determine the Angle Of Attack.

But if one of them fails and that sensor is the one which MCAS relies on, you‘re essentially doomed. It does not compare the readings to the other sensor. On the Lion Air Flight, the FDR showcased that the two AoA sensors showed a difference of 20 degrees.

The sensors failed on a previous flight

Multiple sources have indicated that on a previous day than the Lion Air Flight JT610 crash, the same airliner encountered the same issue. Because of a broken AoA sensor, MCAS pitched the nose of the aircraft down.

Angle Of Attack Sensors

However, on that flight, there was another pilot in the cockpit. The pilot was commuting to Jakarta on board. As the flight encountered issues, he helped the crew to disable the motors that were pitching the nose down.

But to be fair and to state every fact, the Indonesian Safety Committee has also indicated that the reported failures were not properly attended by the engineers on the ground.

Still grounded

As various reports surface, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 is still grounded by aviation authorities around the world. Boeing has promised a quick software fix to the systems of the 737, which airlines are still waiting for.

According to an FAA released Continued Airworthiness Notification, Boeing will have to update the following on the MAX:

  • How does MCAS activate
  • Upgrade the MCAS AoA signal readings
  • Put a limit on the number of commands MCAS can do.

In addition, Boeing will also include a revised Flight manual and Crew Operations manual. Moreover, a new Quick Reference Handbook, Airplane Maintenance Manual and a new Interactive Fault Isolation Manual will be included.

The FAA has set the deadline for these changes. Boeing has to fix their systems by April of 2019. If not, the Boeing 737 MAX won’t have an airworthiness directive, meaning it cannot fly.

Grounded 737 MAX 8s

Airlines are cautiously optimistic though. For example, according to sources, Air Canada is grounding its fleet until July 1st, pending further development.

To sum up, a question remains: if the airlines begin to trust the Boeing 737 MAX again and start putting them on routes, will passengers follow suit? Passenger confidence can go a long way when speaking about the commercial success of an airliner.

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Supersonic aircraft are not coming back.

A few weeks ago, on March 2nd, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Concorde first taking flight. The whole world was excited about the arrival of commercial supersonic transport. The newest jet promised to reduce flying times between various destinations more than double. Additionally, top of the line service and luxurious cabin promised passengers the experience of a lifetime.

But the hype did not last long, as airlines and Concorde developers realized that the supersonic jet had a lot of issues. Sure, it was reliable and had an excellent safety record apart from the fatal Air France Flight 4509 accident. But the economics of the Concorde was too much to handle. So, when the circumstances shifted after the Paris accident, the September 11th attacks and the subsequent drop-off in passengers, Air France and British Airways retired the Concorde.

However, over the past few years reports have emerged that various start-ups are promising that a 3-hour flight between New York and London is making a comeback. Airlines, namely Virgin Atlantic and Japan Airlines are investing in Boom Aviation, which promises to revolutionize air travel. Meanwhile, Boeing is partnering with Aerion Supersonic to create a very slick supersonic business jet.

Boom Aviation Supersonic Aircraft

Nevertheless, in this article post, we will argue why supersonic transport is not making a comeback. Firstly, we will take a look back at the past and why did airlines cancel the Concorde. Secondly, we will look into some of the flaws of a supersonic airliner that are almost impossible to overcome and thus draw a conclusion on why we won’t be breaching supersonic speeds anytime soon.

Waving goodbye to Concorde – Why?

So on November 26th, 2003 Concorde departed for its final flight from London Heathrow Airport to its resting home at Aerospace Bristol, an aerospace museum at Filton. Whenever someone asks why Concorde stopped flying across the Atlantic, the answer can be simplified into 5 pointers:

The Last Ever Concorde Landing - YouTube

Air France Flight 4509 crash

Although previous to this the Concorde had 0 fatal accidents, the Paris crash discouraged passengers to travel on the supersonic jet. And with very tight profit margins, airlines simply could not afford to operate a Concorde at half capacity.

September 11th attacks

After the Air France Flight 4509 crash, aviation authorities grounded the supersonic aircraft to prevent any further loss of lives. As investigators concluded the reasons for the crash, Concorde’s manufacturers improved the jet’s safety for a price of £17m. Subsequently, Concorde returned to commercial service in November of 2001. However, just 2 months before, the September 11 attacks happened. As a result of the attacks, for a few years passenger numbers dropped drastically. This did not help Concorde, as it was already losing passengers because of the Air France Flight 4509 accident.

Economics of the Concorde

A return ticket from London’s Heathrow Airport to JFK in 2003 would start at £7405. To illustrate, British Airways concluded the last commercial Concorde flights on October 24th, 2003. If I was to book a return ticket from LHR to JFK with British Airways and I would return to London on the 24th of October, just 16 years later, I would pay £6437. Adjust the 2003 number for inflation and the Concorde ticket comes out to a jaw-dropping price of £11,500. That’s quite a difference for essentially save 4 hours on a flight. But the Concorde simply cannot compete against the first class cabin of a Boeing 747, the aircraft that British Airways operates on the route.

Airbus saying no

At the time Concorde retired, the supersonic jet was already 34 years old, if we were to count from the time that the revolutionary jet first took flight in 1969. While the technologies were ground-breaking at the time, as time went on, they became outdated. Even up until its last flights, every Concorde had 2 pilots and a flight engineer onboard, while every other airliner since the early 1980s did not have a need for a flight engineer, as computers and digital technologies eliminated the need for a flight engineer to be on an aircraft.

And the trend continued throughout the cockpit of Concorde – everything became too outdated. If the Air France Flight 4509 accident sparked the need for a £17m investment package, updating the systems on Concorde would have been much, much, much higher.

Apart from the need to update the aircraft, you also needed to maintain it. As the aircraft was old, maintaining it was a costly operation for airlines and the company that maintained it, which was Airbus. British Airways and Airbus could not come to an agreement for maintenance and production of spare parts for the aircraft, thus it was the final nail in the coffin.

Sonic Booms and overland flight ban

What is a Sonic Boom? In short, it is the result of an object moving faster than the speed of sound and leaving a trail of shock waves behind. These booms generate a lot of sound energy and when objects that create the sonic booms are very large, such as aircraft, they potentially can cause damage to ears, shatter windows or shift the structure of a building, although such cases are very rare.

Concorde Take Off; Sonic Boom - YouTube

As a result, the United States government banned over-land supersonic flights in 1973, meaning Concorde could operate on very limited routes.

But let’s get back to the point. There were 5 reasons why airlines retired Concorde from their fleets. But can we transfer those reasons to any new and upcoming supersonic aircraft, a business jet or not?

To be honest, the answer is not a simple yes or no. So, let’s break the reasons one by one and come to a conclusion.

Sonic booms – can the issue be solved?

First of all, let’s start with the easy part – the bans. According to a Reuters article, for now the U.S. over-land routes are going to remain banned. That might change when NASA releases a study on Sonic Booms by 2025.

Europe has also banned supersonic aircraft traveling over the continent. As of now, it has no plans to overturn that ban. The reason for that is that all the current supersonic startups are American, which means there is no European company to benefit if the European Union decides to overturn the ban.

But the companies which plan to build the newest supersonic jets are promising that they will be much quieter and sonic booms will not be a concern. Even NASA, partnered with Lockheed Martin, is building a quiet SST. Called the X-59 QueSST, the experimental aircraft aims to prove that overland flights with an SST are a possibility.

NASA X-59

Is this possible?

Yes. Well, you cannot completely eliminate a sonic boom. It will always be there. However, you can reduce it to a tolerable level. If Concorde’s sonic booms were between 100 and 110 decibels, NASA and Lockheed aim to reduce the sonic boom decibel levels to 75.

If NASA and Lockheed succeed, I can see the ban being overturned. One more advantage is that multiple corporations, not including NASA and Lockheed, are developing the airframe and aerodynamics of the new SST. Which means that these companies need to spend much less money than Britain and France when they developed the Concorde.

So, supersonic transport is off to a good start and my opinion might be wrong. But let’s continue exploring the possibilities.

Economics

However, to reduce the sonic boom noise, a lot of money has to go into the development of the aircraft. If the development costs go up, the end-price of a jet also goes up. This, in turn, means that airlines have to price tickets accordingly to recoup the high price of an aircraft.

Boom Supersonic, one of the manufacturers developing the next Concorde, promises their Overture jet will travel at Mach 2.2 and provide a business class experience like no other. It also promises to airlines game-changing profitability. Currently, Boom promises a 55-seat supersonic aircraft

Aerion is another manufacturer. They are developing the AS2, a business jet able to fly at Mach 1.4. The company promises to use the base of the AS2 to develop a bigger private jet and a small commercial airliner in the future.

Aerion AS2

And the last manufacturer, Spike is developing a quiet business supersonic jet, named the Spike S-512. Cruising speed is set at Mach 1.6. The S-512 will seat from 12 to 18 people, depending on the configuration.

And if you noticed something, there is one word that can describe the three jets – business.

But is that a correct decision? As passenger numbers break records every single year, so does the market share of LCC’s. Both airlines and passengers are starting to prioritize price rather than over-the-top comfort, that is why low-cost carriers are attracting more passengers.

The newest supersonic jets promise faster flights for business passengers. But market trends are shifting to cheaper prices, rather than comfort or speed. According to a European Union study of the air transport market, 18% of passengers chose to travel with low-cost carriers in 2015. Compared to 2014, that is an increase of 3%.

Small numbers?

Sure, those seem like small numbers. But they are steadily rising and the matter of the fact is that we are not going to see the supersonic jets in the air for at least 3 to 4 years. Even then, those will be just the first test flights and when you’re developing a jet, no matter subsonic or supersonic, there will always be delays. Add to the fact that NASA will release their sonic boom impact study only in 2025, I predict that there won’t be a supersonic jet that can fully operate everywhere for at least 10 years.

So, low-cost carriers will have even more time to capture a bigger portion of the market and transfer even more passengers.

Low-cost carriers like Ryanair are overtaking traditional airlines

Thus, we have to ask ourselves: are the newest supersonic jets already cornering themselves by aiming at a business-only audience? We do think so.

Anyhow, this is the first reason we think about why they won’t fly. If the demand is not there, what’s the point of providing the supply? Furthermore, even if there is demand, you have to consider that there are already many private jet manufacturers, even if they are subsonic. However, most of the newest jets can reach speeds of up to Mach 0.9, like the record-breaking Bombardier Global 7500. So, again, is there even enough demand to produce more business jets?

Efficiency

Another recent trend in the world of aviation is the word efficiency. Airlines want to save money on every cost possible, including fuel. That is why airlines are shying away from the fuel-guzzling aircraft like the Airbus A380. As a result, the manufacturer is forced to cancel the whole program.

British Airways Airbus A380

And the Concorde was a lot of things. However, it definitely was not an efficient aircraft. It used afterburners to break through the barrier of sound and afterburners are not an efficient solution. They consume a lot of fuel but do not add a lot of thrust.

Nevertheless, the newest developments in technology have not only allowed switching to materials like carbon fiber (Concorde primarily used aluminum) but use turbofan engines instead of turbojets to achieve supersonic speed. All of the above mentioned supersonic jets will use turbofans (Spike has not yet revealed their engine), avoiding the inefficient turbojet counterparts.

Aerion AS2 will use the GE Affinity Engine

But turbofans have a very specific window when they are the most efficient and because supersonic aircraft have to be very structurally sound, they also weight much more than a subsonic jet. Meaning that to cruise at supersonic speeds, the engines consume much more fuel compared to subsonic speeds.

Which again prompts a question whether there is a demand for new supersonic aircraft? If they are inefficient, I very highly doubt that airlines today or even in 4 to 5 years’ time would be interested in them. As fuel prices continue to rise, the demand for supersonic aircraft will fall drastically.

In conclusion…

Although I, just like anybody else would love to see the comeback of SSTs, I do not think it will happen.

At least under current circumstances of the market, when efficiency, fuel saving and low prices dictate the demand. If airlines are retiring such titans like the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747 and switching to the more efficient, double-engine Airbus A350 and 777 to decrease operating costs, there is just no room in the sky for jets with high operating costs.

As for the business jet market, there are already business jets comfortably reaching Mach 0.9. So why would you pay a lot of money just to fly a bit faster? Simply put, no. I do not think that the business market is open to the idea of supersonic jets. At least their wallets are not prepared.

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The Top 10 Best Airlines Of 2019

Just recently we discussed the best airlines of 2018. These carriers provided the best customer experience last year. From the moment the passengers bought their tickets, stepped inside the airport, to the whole time they were in the sky – the best airline was Singapore Airlines in 2018. The South East Asian carrier claimed its record-equaling 4th best airline title.

So, as 2019 gets underway, we try to predict which airline will be on the top step of the Top 10 Airlines Of 2019 list! Without further-a-do, let’s count down the Top 10 list!

10. Swiss International Air Lines (2018: 12 )

Starting off the Top 10 Best Airlines of 2019 list is Swiss International Air Lines. Last year the airline was outside the top 10.

However, with introducing refurbished cabins to its fleet pillars, the wide-body Airbus A340s and Boeing 777s. The new cabin will refresh the passenger experience for Economy, Business and First Class passengers. The refurbished cabins introduce newer seats, a completely new in-flight entertainment with the internet and a new lighting system for the cabin.

Additionally, Swiss is part of the Lufthansa group. So, you know that the airline will offer only the best customer experience possible. And with Qantas stagnating while Thai Airways is suffering massive financial losses, this is the perfect opportunity for Swiss to break into the Top 10 Airlines Of 2019 list.

Refurbished Swiss International Air Lines Cabin 9. Garuda Indonesia (2018: 9 )

Although last year Garuda Indonesia climbed up one place, the competition is just too stiff at the Top 10. Simply put, it is hard to move forward, unless an airline presents something very radical and new for its passengers.

Nevertheless, Garuda Indonesia has introduced some new features. Namely, on Garuda’s long-haul routes to London. Economy class passengers can purchase Premium seats, which clears up the neighboring seat from any passengers, business class meals, a Wi-Fi voucher and some other added bonuses.

The 5-star airline keeps its rightful place in the Top 10, but for now, it is not moving forward.

Garuda Indonesia - Vintage Livery Painting - YouTube

8. Lufthansa (2018: 7 )

Almost an identical situation with Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa has not introduced any new features. But Lufthansa has been showing very impressive passenger and financial numbers for 2018, so we expect the German carrier to introduce some new features for their customers.

But for now, the only European airline 5-star airline will not move that much forward. It stays in a fairly high place on the ranking just based on their excellent work throughout the past few years. Hopefully, we’ll be wrong by the end of the year though!

Lufthansa New Livery Boeing 747 7. Hainan Airlines (2018: 8 )

One of the biggest airlines in China, Hainan Airlines moves up a place in the Top 10 Airlines Of 2019 list.

Based on the island of Hainan, the airline has managed to become one of the most successful Chinese airlines. It is the only 5-star Chinese carrier. Additionally, Hainan Airlines introduces some new services for its customers for 2019.

A brand-new Premium VIP Check-in in their hubs in Beijing in Xi’an, a new lounge in Beijing’s Terminal 2 will allow their high-end passengers to redefine what it’s like to travel with Hainan.

Furthermore, the carrier is expanding its route network massively. New flights to Canada, Unites States and European destinations will allow the Chinese carrier to work their great passenger experience charm on fresh travelers. If their tendencies continue, we might see them rising even higher in the final list!

Hainan Airlines Kung Fu Panda Livery 6. Emirates (2018: 4 )

While Emirates is known for its excellent customer service, fancy flights and luxury, the Emirati carrier is struggling. With oil prices going up, currency prices fluctuating Emirates suffered declining profits.

First 6 months of the financial year of 2018 – 2019 put the carrier at a decrease of profits at a staggering 86%. However, it still made a profit. In general, the aviation industry in the Middle East is currently struggling, so the fact that Emirates is still profitable is very remarkable.

The former 4-time best airline of the year winner lands in the 6th place in the Best Airlines of 2019 list. Hopefully, the next part of the year will include some good news for the airline and it will come back to its former glory and climb the rankings.

Emirates aircraft at Dubai International Airport 5. Cathay Pacific (2018: 6 )

One of the oldest carriers on the list, Cathay Pacific is based in Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific has a very different situation compared to Emirates – while one is struggling, Cathay is reforming its operations and pursuing a profitable 2019.

So far so good, as the airline finally posted a profitable year in 2018 as a result of a reform plan announced in 2017. Furthermore, the airline from Hong Kong announced some new features last month. These include a redefined menu on-board and a new yoga center, which further adds to the already excellent customer experience for those who chose to fly with the airline.

However, this is a make it or break it year for the airline. As it finally turned a profit in its financial books, Cathay Pacific has a chance to further expand their passenger experience in 2019. If they do, I expect them to end up even higher on the Best Airlines of 2019 list at the end of the year.

Cathay Pacific Airways 360 - Cabin experience - YouTube

4. EVA Air (2018: 5 )

The airline famous for its special Hello Kitty liveries, the airline is also renowned amongst its passengers for taking extra care of their passengers who fly on the airline. There is a reason why it‘s a 5-star rated airline.

And there is a reason why EVA moved up the top 5 this year.

The airline has some good news for its passengers, as it introduced new in-flight conveniences. The carrier partnered up with the fashion designer Jason Wu, premium brands Rimowa and Ferragamo to redefine their cabin experience.

These conveniences include new sleeping wear on long-haul flights, exclusive amenity kits, a redefined menu on routes from Taipei to some cities in the United States and new boarding refreshments. All of these new experiences are available only to Royal Laurel/Premium Laurel/Business Class passengers.

EVA Air Hello Kitty Airbus A320 3. Qatar Airways (2018: 2 )

Another airline from the Middle East, this time it is Qatar Airways. Also known for its luxury both on-board and in Qatar’s destination airports, like a fitness center in Hamad International Airport, the airline lands in the third spot for the Best Airlines of 2019 list.

However, while last year it could have competed head-to-head against Singapore Airlines for the first place, this year the situation won’t repeat itself. Even though the carrier has kept some excellent service standards, unfortunately, politics play a part.

Because of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, Qatar Airways cannot land from many Arab countries. Furthermore, many Arab countries disallowed Qatar-registered aircraft to pass over its airspace. Thus, jets from Qatar have to fly over Iran, which equals in high fees.

As a result of all these blockades, Qatar Airways has posted a loss in 2018. As a result of this loss, Qatar Airways dropped to the last step of the Top 3 Best Airlines of 2019.

Qatar Airways 2. All Nippon Airways (2018: 3 )

The Japanese carrier, which shortens its name to ANA, will have a perfect opportunity to be one of the best airlines in the world.

With Middle East airlines struggling financially and Airbus delivering ANA their first A380 Super Jumbo, the conditions might be just perfect.

In addition to this, the Japanese carrier is also making some moves in the passenger experience department. Namely, they revamped their lounges in airports, upgraded their in-flight services both internationally and domestically.

With the stars aligning perfectly, ANA lands at 2nd place in the list. If the stars move in the right direction, ANA might even cause an upset and climb one more step and reach the top. Will that be true? We’ll see!

All Nippon Airways Fleet 1. Singapore Airlines (2018: )

So, this carrier will be the best airline of 2019. Drum roll, please…

Oh, never mind. The heading already spoiled it!

Anyways, terrible jokes aside, we predict that the South East Asian carrier will claim first place again and continue from last year’s success. If they do become the best airline in the world, they will become the first carrier to win the award 5 times.

And we do believe that Singapore Airlines can do so. If ANA’s stars aligned perfectly, the conditions are even better for Singapore Airlines. The carrier not only provides probably the best service on-board with luxurious hotel rooms, but Singapore Changi Airport is also regarded as one of the best airports in the world.

Thus, there are no reasons for Singapore Airlines to reduce the quality of the experience when you step onto their planes. We do think the airline will continue their hard work and keep its first place for the second year in a row now.

Making every journey personal | Singapore Airlines - YouTube

So, to sum up, these are the Top 10 Best Airlines Of 2019:

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. All Nippon Airways
  3. Qatar
  4. Cathay Pacific
  5. Emirates
  6. EVA Air
  7. Hainan Airlines
  8. Lufthansa
  9. Garuda Indonesia
  10. Swiss International Air Lines
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