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Report Says Another Plane Could Have Structural Issues



As the airline industry – and passengers – ponder the fate of the Boeing 737 Max, a new report claims that another plane, used primarily by Delta Air Lines, might have issues.

Inc. Magazine says problems are emerging on the Airbus A220, 25 of which were purchased by Delta when it eschewed the 737 Max.

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According to Inc., Swiss International Airlines was forced to ground all 29 of its Airbus A220 planes after one had to make an emergency landing en route to Geneva. Apparently, pieces of the engine started to fall off over France.

In fact, the A220 has been placed under restrictions in Canada and Europe.

If it flies above 29,000, it can only use 94 percent of its power; if it flies above 35,000 feet, it is susceptible to frost and a flawed anti-freeze system that could overtax the engines, set off alarms and force the pilots to make an emergency landing.

A Delta spokesman told the magazine the airline is concerned in a statement: “We are determining what additional actions might be needed, but Delta has operated our A220 fleet below the engine thrust amounts described in the directive from the FAA. We will continue to do so.”

The FAA last week expanded an order to inspect the Pratt and Whitney engines in the plane, looking for cracks in the engine rotors.

If this is another plane with issues, manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus are entering a new world of public scrutiny.

For decades, consumers have made choices among airlines by comparing service, fares, comfort, amenities and more. Now, ever since the 737 Max was grounded in March, passengers are also considering type of aircraft when flying.

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Emirates Announces Firing Employees Amid the Pandemic



Emirates Airline, the last holdout among the Gulf region‘s three major East-West carriers in retaining its workforce announced on May 31, 2020, that it had fired an undisclosed number of employees, due to the near-shutdown of global air travel amid COVID-19.

The other two—Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Doha-based Qatar Airways—had already scaled back in terms of staffing as the virus spread, virtually eliminating passenger demand and causing international borders to slam shut.

While Emirates has been applauded during the pandemic for continuing to run repatriation flights around the globe, as well as delivering cargo and critical supplies, it has been dramatically affected by the halting of international passenger travel, just like the rest of the world’s airlines.

In a statement, the company said, “We have endeavored to sustain the current family as is…but have come to the conclusion that we, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us.”

Without revealing any particulars of the mass firing, Emirates assured that those being axed from its workforce would be treated, “with fairness and respect.”

ABC News reported that to try and balance some of the immense losses the airline continues to suffer, Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, injected an undisclosed amount of equity into its operations back in March.

Although the flag carrier, owned by a Dubai sovereign wealth fund, had already reduced its staff members’ pay during the course of the global health crisis.

Meanwhile, Emirates’ home base, Dubai International Airport—typically the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic—has also been running only a fraction of its normal operations.

Dubai, which has positioned itself as a critical hub for the free movement of people, goods and capital from around the globe (all of which the pandemic has disrupted), now depends heavily upon a resumption of activity at its airport.

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