A Chinese airline captain from Shenzhen Donghai Airlines Co., Ltd. was fined 1,2000 yuan (around $1,755) for his misconduct. It's reported that the captain's wife flew with him in the cockpit and didn't pay part of the flight route fares.
A Boeing 737-800 passenger jet of Donghai Airlines prepares to land at Shenzhen Baoan International Airport in Shenzhen city, south China's Guangdong province, 30 December 2014. (File photo: IC)
The captain was scheduled to fly two routes on July 28, 2018. One was DZ6286 from Nantong to Zhengzhou first and then land in Lanzhou, the other was DZ6206 from Lanzhou to Beijing. His wife only paid the flight ticket from Nantong to Zhengzhou, but flew with the captain in the cockpit all the way to Beijing without paying the rest of the flight ticket.
The official Weibo account of Shenzhen Donghai Airlines released their internal document from August 2. According to the statement, the captain had misused his position in bringing his wife in the cockpit against the airlines' rules. He ignored the fellow crew member's dissuasion and also violated the airline's ticket policy by granting his wife aboard without paying the according flight fare.
The captain was reported to be suspended from flying for 6 months, and his teaching qualification got cancelled and was fined 1,2000 yuan. He was also required to pay the rest of his wife's flight fare. His co-pilot was suspended from flying for 15 days and was fined 6,000 yuan.