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Scope Clause and Covid-19

Scope Clause is something that is almost certainly an issue, along with furloughs, that is causing US pilots headaches.  So, what are some of the options or scenarios that could play out?  Let’s look at the big three US airlines that have the scope agreements. To...

From pilot shortage, to “Excess” to potentially excruciating shortage in five years

The US airline industry continues to suffer through its worst crisis.  The downstream effects are slowly making their way through the general economy.  If there was any question as to this impact of air travel constraint in the era of a service economy, we are likely...

Time to ease the Scope Clause?

The Scope Clause as used in the US airline market is a market aberration.  It was instituted by the pilot unions to ensure major airlines would not push more work to regional partners, whose pilots are paid much lower rates. Scope was instituted by airlines and pilots...

2018: Worst year for European ATC delays and flight cancellations in nearly a decade

Airlines for Europe (A4E) released news that should be read and digested. The EU experiment remains a work in progress. The “seamless European sky” is still a fantasy.  For the full year, A4E reports Eurocontrol estimates that total delay minutes will be up by 53%...