Weekend Roundup: BA, HK, CJ, AT…MAX

It’s the last public holiday of the year in the UK until Christmas- just 18 weeks away, so no more news until Tuesday.

But let’s just run through the weekend headlines…

British Airways Pilots are going on strike on the 9,10, & 27 of September. The first two dates are going to wreck BA’s A350-1000 launch to Dubai – no coincidence that, unless BA can get some qualified pilots to run it anyway.

Hong Kong Airport is still the centre of protests trying to stop the communist Chinese removing any more freedoms. Protestors lined 28 miles of roads from the airport so that travellers understand their concerns. It’s been quiet and peaceful with up to 2 million people taking part.

Cathay Pacific has been under huge political pressure and direct interference from the mainland government is clear, its affecting its share price.

CargoJet of Canada has been offered a possible buyout or at least a major shareholding from Amazon. Amazon is set on expanding its Prime cargo operation further in North America.

AirTransat shareholders have approved the AirCanada purchase of the group. It should be finalised in the coming months and will make AirCanada far and away the country’s biggest airline group covering every aspect of the aviation spectrum.

Airlines from Air New Zealand to AirAsia X announced substantial losses or reductions in profits so far this year. Dreamliner issues, delayed deliveries and either markedly over or under capacity issues and fuel costs are driving figures down.

Finally the FAA is to recruit inexperienced pilots to operate 737MAX flight tests. It wants to see how they cope with the new software, rather than have someone with knowledge on how they might have to deal with an issue. The feeling is most pilots will be new to the aircraft when it goes back into service so they’re making allowances accordingly.