Opinion – Are low-cost airlines safe? – Global Times

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This is an outstanding article from China’s leading newspaper, Global Times. It’s a must read. Check it out!

via Are low-cost airlines safe? – Global Times.

What I particularly liked about this article was the high quality graphical data that was easy to assimilate.

My own view is that the days of the full-service airlines are numbered – as they try to cut costs, like at Lufthansa, then safety will be at risk – all of this is set against dated and ineffective regulation of the air-travel industry.

Simply, budget airlines are the strategically sustainable business model for the future – whereas full-service carriers are doomed, chained by inflexible unions –  the prevailing weakness is airline regulation which is too inclined to protect powerful vested interests, viz. the status quo and not champion consumer interests.


Germanwings’ co-pilot 100 percent fit to fly: Lufthansa CEO – People’s Daily Online

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English: Logo of the People’s Daily 中文: 人民日报题字 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Read Helen’s response to the People’s Daily article. It’s a must read attack on the inexperience of pilots in budget airlines.

via Germanwings’ co-pilot 100 percent fit to fly: Lufthansa CEO – People’s Daily Online.

I think Helen raises some excellent points. You will see that I have posted three open questions to Helen’s comment. Here are the three emerging questions:

1. Should routine psychological testing for pilots become the norm?
2. Should commercial planes be required to have two pilots flying the plane at all times?
3. Is there a need for a new international air safety regulator?