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A Jet Blue plane had to be evacuated!

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A JetBlue airliner experienced engine problems and returned to the Long Beach Airport on Thursday after a short flight that ended with passengers evacuating onto the runway using the plane’s emergency slides in Long Beach, California.

None of the 142 passengers and five crew members was injured during the evacuation, though medical personnel tended to three passengers at the scene and one other was taken to a hospital for observation, airport spokeswoman Cassie Perez-Harmison said.

Flight 1416 was bound for Austin, Texas, when the crew declared an emergency due to a problem with one of its two engines. The plane had an “overheat warning” on the engine, Perez-Harmison said.

According to the tracking website FlightAware, the Airbus A320 took off at 9:17 a.m. and landed at 9:30 a.m.

The airport’s main runway was closed for about two hours due to the evacuation. Eventually the plane was towed to a hangar for further investigation, and air traffic resumed.

JetBlue spokesman Morgan Johnston said the airline is still looking into the cause of the plane’s problem.

Long Beach is on the south Los Angeles County coast.


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Air Europa sole sponsor of British Paddel

airAir Europa has announced that it has become the sole main sponsor for British Padel. This announcement occurs in the context of a South American expansion campaign conducted by the airline. During the past year, they have added new routes to Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile and San Juan.

Paddle Tennis, generically called Padel was invented more than 100 years ago on British Cruises. The British Padel entity has been established in 1992 and since its growth in popularity it has attracted some attention from various sponsors like Air Europa.

“We are delighted to support British Padel, and their work in bringing this fantastic sport to the British public. Padel is, great fun to play, a wonderful spectacle to watch, and a superb day out for the whole family. Also, as it is strongly identified with Spain and Latin America, the sport is a natural partner for Air Europa, and we are sure British Padel has a very bright future indeed.” Colin Stewart, UK General Manager, Air Europa

“The Air Europa brand is instantly associated with Latin America and Spain, and also with attributes such as excellence, vibrancy and growth, which are very much shared by our exciting and growing sport. We are extremely happy to have their support in our work to continue to establish and expand Padel here in the UK. So far we have had a great experience working with Air Europa and we very much look forward to a long-term future partnership.” British Padel President Peter Vaan

Air Europa is under Spanish ownership and operates flights internationally with 16 destinations on its South American portfolio. It also sets flag towards New York, Miami and the Caribbean.


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Hopes grow for end to Aer Lingus pension row

Hopes grow for end to Aer Lingus pension row

Airline prepares to get investor backing for once-off €191m contribution to fund

The latest proposal for resolving the Aer Lingus pension dispute involves a contribution of €191 million from the airline and €73 million from the Dublin Airport Authority  to a new fund that will replace the Irish Aviation Superannuation Scheme. Photograph: Matt KavanaghThe latest proposal for resolving the Aer Lingus pension dispute involves a contribution of €191 million from the airline and €73 million from the Dublin Airport Authority to a new fund that will replace the Irish Aviation Superannuation Scheme. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Hopes are growing that a solution to the row over pensions at Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has moved a step closer, with the airline gearing up to get investor backing for a once-off €191 million contribution to a fund that will replace the existing insolvent scheme.

Aer Lingus, DAA, trades union and other stakeholders have been in deadlock for several years over how to plug a €780 million hole in the Irish Aviation Superannuation Scheme (IASS), whose members include workers in both the airline and airport.

The latest proposal for resolving the dispute involves a contribution of €191 million from Aer Lingus and €73 million from DAA to a new fund that will replace the IASS.

Aer Lingus told brokers this week it hopes the issue can finally be resolved by the end of this year and is planning to hold an egm to get shareholder approval for the €191 million contribution in early to mid December.

It has also agreed terms with its unions which they will put to a ballot of their members in a process that is expected to last until the end of next month.

Around the same time, the trustees will seek approval for the entire settlement from the Pensions Board, the State’s regulator. Earlier this year the trustees drew up a plan involving a clawback from retired workers and a 20 per cent benefit cut for current staff.

Aer Lingus hopes to issue formal notice of its egm in November, indicating the meeting will take place the following month. The original settlement called for a €140 million contribution from the airline.

Expert panel

This failed to get the unions’ support.The increased figure now on the table was proposed by an expert panel appointed by the Government in March after industrial action was narrowly avoided.

Aer Lingus “reluctantly” accepted the new terms in June. This week it told brokers’ analysts the new settlement would substantially reduce the risk of industrial action at the airline. The pensions row has several times brought its staff and those working for DAA to the brink of strike.

The airline also said the deal would stabilise staff costs as the deal involves no increments or annual pay inflation this year or in 2015 and 2016. From 2017 on, salary increases will be calculated off a lower base than previously.

Reaction

The analysts reacted positively to the news. Goodbody estimated that the pay freeze forming part of the deal will save up to €80 million and pointed out that the company’s balance sheet could absorb the €191 million once-off payment.

Goldman Sachs said the resolution would unlock the company’s balance sheet potential and cited it as one of the reasons why it believes the airline remains attractive to investors. However, a number of groups involved in the pension row have threatened to take legal action if their concerns are not addressed. Existing pensioners, who face a clawback from their payments under the trustees’ resolution, are reportedly considering going to court.

At the same time, deferred beneficiaries – workers who left either company before reaching pensionable age – are threatening litigation on the grounds they are not being put on an equal footing with current staff. A total of 14,343 people are affected by the row, including 4,270 workers, 5,186 deferred beneficiaries and 4,887 pensioners.


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Free drinks will be offered on Thomson long haul routes for economy passenger of the Dreamliner

Thirst class: economy passengers on Thomson Dreamliners will get complimentary drinks

Free drinks will be served to economy passengers on Thomson Airways long haul Dreamliner flights from this winter.

Plus the flying experience will improve further with upgraded in–flight entertainment featuring a wider choice of films, updated monthly.

The leisure carrier gets two more of the jetlag-busting Boeing 787s next summer, bringing the fleet to eight and it has added flights from Newcastle, Birmingham and Edinburgh to Manchester, Glasgow, Gatwick and East Midlands, so it now operates the aircraft from all seven of its long haul bases.

Airline boss John Murphy said: “The Dreamliner has certainly lived up to its promise to revolutionise long haul travel and is a major milestone in our journey of modernising the holiday experience.” .thomsonfly.com.

*Beefed up menus are being served by South African Airways with its new on-board catering partner DO & CO Event and Airline Catering Ltd.

The new meals in both business and economy cabins will be available on all flights from Heathrow to Johannesburg.

Posh passengers will get Loch Fyne smoked salmon, truffle tortellini, and parmesan and mango panna cotta, while down the back of the plane there’s Viennese paprika chicken, rigatoni with rosemary sauce, and carrot and banana cake with cheese and crackers.

Its new dishes will be supported by an award-winning South African wine list.

The airline will move from Heathrow Terminal 1 to the new Terminal 2 on October

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