Juneyao Airlines Penalised

CHINA’S CIVIL Aviation Authority has penalised Juneyao Airlines following a recent incident at Shanghai/Hongqiao Airport.  On August 13 a Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 had to divert from the city’s Pudong facility due to a thunderstorm.  The Qatar crew requested permission to land immediately due to low fuel levels.  However, a Juneyao flight refused to give way despite a number of air traffic control requests to do so, saying it too was low on fuel.  Investigations undertaken after both airliners had landed safely showed that the Juneyao aircraft had another 42 minutes of fuel onboard, whereas the Qatar jet was down to just 18 minutes’ flying time.
As a result of its investigations, Chinese authorities have banned Juneyao from carrying out any expansion plans, and has had its capacity reduced by 10% as well as being suspended from recruiting any foreign pilots.  The Korean pilot in charge of the flight has had his CAAC licence revoked, while the first officer has had his licence suspended for six months.  Other restrictions have also been placed on Juneyao’s operations.