Virgin Atlantic Airways finally canceled its 2001 order for six Airbus SE A380 superjumbo jets after years of putting off deliveries, despite being one of the first customers for the aircraft. It now plans to operate 12 A350-1000s instead. Cancellation was revealed on the same day as Airbus announced A380 production cuts.
The cockpit voice recorder from a Russian airliner that crashed outside Moscow in February captured the desperate last words of the pilots as they tried to reverse the aircraft’s downward course shortly after takeoff, a news report says.
Pilot shortage is a boogeyman that haunts aviation industry. It is real, it is increasing and it is becoming difficult to ignore. But among the many solutions currently on the table, what is lacking attention is, perhaps, the simplest one.