Month: September 2014

Current Air France Pilots Strike Is Longest, Most Of Long Haul Fleet Grounded

Current Air France Pilots Strike Is Longest, Most Of Long Haul Fleet Grounded

Airlines, Headline
 On Wednesday September 24th 2014, Air France's massive 10-days old strike by its pilots was already equaling in duration the longest in its history that took place in 1998. With the carrier losing anywhere near $20 million per day, forecast by management that 46% of the flights would be ensured was slightly lower than the 48% seen the day before on Tuesday. Only 52% of the pilots were expected to strike for the day against 65% on Monday and 57% on Tuesday, the day where 200-300 pilots demonstrated in front of parliament. The story on the operation tells a even more catastrophic story especially in the long haul fleet that brings the highest revenue for the global carrier. Traffic appeared to have ground to a virtual halt with no more than 40 flights in the air at the middle of the da...
French Air Force Rafale First Strikes On Islamic States Targets In Iraq (pictures)

French Air Force Rafale First Strikes On Islamic States Targets In Iraq (pictures)

Defense, Headline
Two Rafale fighter jets of the French Air Force conducted the first French air strikes in Iraq against ISIS on September 19th 2014. The target was identified by the French Defense Ministry as a logistical depot located at Daech in Iraq's north east. The two rafale from the 3/30 “Lorraine” Fighter Squadron were in fact operating from Al Dhafra Air Base in United Arab Emirates. There, the French Air Force maintains 4 additional Rafale fighter jets as well as supporting aircraft. The strike package consisted of the 2 Rafale, one single seat C-model and one two-seat B-model each equipped with the Damocles laser designator/ targeting pod attached to the right of the aircraft's centerline. The armament on each aircraft consisted of 4 GBU-12 Paveway II (500 lbs) Laser Guided Bomb, with a pair of