Union Votes for Embraer Strike if Talks Don’t Progress

Workers at Embraer’s commercial aircraft plant in São José dos Campos on Wednesday voted to begin a strike next Monday if the company and its metalworkers’ union make no progress in contract talks. Contract negotiations under Brazil’s complex labor laws specify negotiations between the labor union on one hand, and on the other an industry association representing the whole industry category, in this case aircraft manufacture, including suppliers such as fuselage manufacturer Latecoere. Talks between Embraer and the union began with the usual gestures, as industry offered an inflation-only pay…

Transavia Boeing 737-800 wants to take off on a taxiway, prevented by air traffic control

On 6 September, a Transavia Boeing 737-800 (PH-HSJ) operated flight HV 1041 between Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Chania, Greece. The aircraft taxied in northerly direction on taxiway Charlie to runway 18C at Schiphol when it received take-off clearance for runway 18C.  The crew then drove on taxiway Delta in a southerly direction and commenced the takeoff. Air traffic control noticed this and instructed the crew to stop immediately. The crew aborted the takeoff run and taxied back to the beginning of runway 18C, after which the aircraft took off uneventfully.…

Thomas Cook Goes Bankrupt Leaving 600,000 Passengers Stranded

Following a meeting in London yesterday, British travel firm and charter airline operator, Thomas Cook, has gone bankrupt. Last-ditch meeting Yesterday, Thomas Cook met with key players in an attempt to avert a collapse. The British travel firm needed to secure £200m of extra funds if it was to prevent bankruptcy. The last-ditch meeting took place at a law firm in the City and was attended by Thomas Cook’s creditors as well as its largest shareholder, Chinese conglomerate Fosun. Bankruptcy Declared: As of around 02:15 am London Time Thomas Cook has…