Boing Boing: Hundreds of flights canceled due to Covid illness immediately after airlines canceled mask policy

Boing Boing: Hundreds of flights canceled due to Covid illness immediately after airlines canceled mask policy. “As US airlines push to have in-flight mask mandates lifted on the federal level, mask-optional European airlines are seeing hundreds of flight cancelations due to (yep, you guessed it) out-of-commission employees sick with Covid-19. For instance, Swiss-based EasyJet lifted mask requirements on March 27 and, lo and behold, cancelled 202 of its 3,517 flights between March 28–April 3 due to Covid illness, according to CBS. During the same time in 2019, the number of cancellations was zero. As in 0.”

Travel+Leisure: This Airline Made for Social Media Influencers Is Taking Creators to Coachella — How to Snag a Ticket

Travel+Leisure: This Airline Made for Social Media Influencers Is Taking Creators to Coachella — How to Snag a Ticket. “It’s all about the likes for this new airline, which is designed to fly social media influencers to the most Instagram-friendly events throughout the country. Willa Air — which was launched by Willa, a payment platform for freelancers — is offering influencers free tickets on a private jet along with enviable perks for those who apply. And its inaugural flight is to — appropriately — Coachella.”

IndiGo: Man says he hacked airline website to find lost luggage (BBC)

BBC: IndiGo: Man says he hacked airline website to find lost luggage. “A man says he was forced to hack into a domestic Indian airline’s website to find his missing luggage. Nandan Kumar, 28, called IndiGo – a low-cost carrier – for help, after realising that he had swapped his bag with a co-passenger. But after IndiGo refused to help him trace the other person, Mr Kumar said he was able to retrieve information about him from the airline website.”

New York Times: What’s the Deal With Masks on Planes?

New York Times: What’s the Deal With Masks on Planes?. “Air travel has been one of the last holdouts for strict pandemic mask requirements. In the United States, for example, the mask mandate — which was recently extended to April 18, when it comes up for review again — is still enforced. Over the last year, 922 of those who didn’t wear masks received fines from the Transportation Security Administration, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. But there are hints that the tide may be turning: Within the past few weeks, Danish airports and London’s Heathrow Airport have lifted their mask requirements, as have several major British airlines.”

ABC News: US airline CEOs call on Biden to lift mask mandate on travel

ABC News: US airline CEOs call on Biden to lift mask mandate on travel. “A group of CEOs from all major U.S. airlines called on President Joe Biden to lift the federal mask mandate on public transportation. The group — which includes the heads of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines — said current restrictions such as international predeparture testing requirements and the federal mask mandate are ‘no longer aligned with the realities of the current epidemiological environment.’”

University of Georgia Libraries: Delta Air Lines Documents Available Online Through the Digital Library of Georgia

University of Georgia Libraries: Delta Air Lines Documents Available Online Through the Digital Library of Georgia. “The collection contains Delta Air Lines’ digitized timetables, flight maps, and annual reports for the past century through its expansions, moves, and mergers with other airlines to become the aviation industry leader in the United States.”

Flightradar24: New Flightradar24.com search functions now available

Flightradar24: New Flightradar24.com search functions now available. “With the old search functions, you could find a flight by searching for the flight number, call sign, registration, or route. Those functions are still at the core of search, but now, the results are much richer and more helpful. When searching for a flight now, the results for any live flight can be expanded to show arrival, departure, and aircraft information, as well as links to additional information about that flight.”

Associated Press: German air traffic rebounded last year but still far to go

Associated Press: German air traffic rebounded last year but still far to go. “Nearly 74 million passengers last year took off from or landed at the 23 largest commercial airports in Germany, which has Europe’s biggest economy, the Federal Statistical Office said. That was about 27% more than in 2020, when the pandemic hit and travel came to a near-standstill, but close to 68% fewer than in 2019, when a record of nearly 227 million passengers used German airports.”

‘Cleared for takeoff’: New website takes an inside look into the history of Pan Am (University of Miami)

University of Miami: ‘Cleared for takeoff’: New website takes an inside look into the history of Pan Am . “The ‘Cleared for Takeoff: Explore Commercial Aviation’ documentation features Pan Am materials digitized from collections at the University of Miami, HistoryMiami Museum, and Duke University, alongside commercial aviation resources from the Digital Public Library of America’s (DPLA) partner network.”

United Airlines details Omicron’s toll: 3,000 workers have the coronavirus. (New York Times)

New York Times: United Airlines details Omicron’s toll: 3,000 workers have the coronavirus. “In a single day over the holidays, nearly one in three United Airlines employees called in sick at Newark Liberty International Airport, a major hub for the airline, the company’s chief executive said on Tuesday. The revelation, which came in a memo to staff from the airline’s chief executive, Scott Kirby, helps explain why U.S. airlines have had to cancel more than more than 27,000 flights, or about 8 percent of all scheduled trips, over two weeks starting the day before Christmas, according to FlightAware, a data tracking service.”

Leaked memo says rusty Qantas pilots making errors: report (AFP)

AFP: Leaked memo says rusty Qantas pilots making errors: report. “Some Qantas pilots are making mistakes as they return from long breaks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an internal memo reported by Australian media on Wednesday. Among the errors listed in Qantas pilot reports: starting take-off with the parking brake on and misreading the altitude as airspeed, said a report by the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s Age.”

CBC: Passengers on Sunwing party plane could face jail time, thousands in fines

CBC: Passengers on Sunwing party plane could face jail time, thousands in fines. “A group of Quebec influencers and reality show stars could be facing thousands of dollars in fines, after videos surfaced showing them partying without masks on board a Sunwing flight from Montreal to Cancun. Images from the Dec. 30 flight showed passengers ignoring public health measures, jumping and dancing in the aisle, vaping and openly passing around a bottle of hard liquor on the plane. In one video, a person could be seen crowd-surfing while the plane was in the air.”

Business Insider: United and Spirit Airlines announce temporary pay bumps for pilots and flight attendants in effort to alleviate labor shortages

Business Insider: United and Spirit Airlines announce temporary pay bumps for pilots and flight attendants in effort to alleviate labor shortages. “After a chaotic holiday travel week plagued by mass cancellations and delays, some airlines are turning to temporary salary bumps in an effort to incentivize workers and alleviate labor shortages. United Airlines and Spirit Airlines both announced pay increases for select staffers on Friday, which include tripling pay for United pilots who take extra flights through January 29 and doubling pay for Spirit flight attendants for shifts through January 4.”