The 50-seat “Problem”

The 50-seat “Problem”

The 50-seat regional jet problem is growing and it is pressing in the US. This was highlighted by United Airlines at the recent IATA AGM.  While the problem is most pressing for United, the problem is system-wide.  The “problem” is the apparent absence of...
United’s Fleet “Problem”

United’s Fleet “Problem”

At the recent IATA AGM, United’s COO Andrew Nocella shared a concern with Flight Global.  Essentially United needs to replace two types by the end of the decade – the 757-300 and the 50-seat RJ.  The concern expressed is not as much of a problem for other airlines and...
COVID’s impact on commercial pilots

COVID’s impact on commercial pilots

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on today’s commercial airline pilots is a well-understood.  It is as devastating on them as it is on everyone working within the commercial aviation silo.  Every day we hear about more layoffs at airlines. As we reported a few weeks...
Time to ease the Scope Clause?

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...