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UPDATED: Wed., July 8, 2020

United sending layoff notices to nearly half of U.S. employees

United Airlines will send layoff warnings to 36,000 employees –nearly half its U.S. staff – in the clearest signal yet of how deeply the virus outbreak is hurting the airline …


UPDATED: Tue., July 7, 2020

Wall Street follows solid stock market rally with pullback

Banks and companies that rely on consumer spending led stocks broadly lower on Wall Street on Tuesday, as the market gave back some of the big gains it made the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 8, 2020

COVID-19 has blown up air travel for nearly four months. The next four could shape it even more.

Nearly four months into COVID-19, it’s becoming clear how big a hole the pandemic created in the airline experience. And the next three to four months could be just as …


UPDATED: Fri., July 3, 2020

Virus-hammered Air France announces 7,500 job cuts

Air France and regional subsidiary Hop announced 7,500 job cuts Friday after the virus pandemic grounded most flights and darkened prospects for future air travel.


UPDATED: Thu., July 2, 2020

Alaska Airlines secures loans to ensure financial stability

Alaska Airlines has secured nearly $1.2 billion in private loans to further secure its financial stability. The debt financing will be funded on or around Thursday.


UPDATED: Tue., June 30, 2020

Stocks close out best quarter since 1998 with more gains

Wall Street capped its best quarter since 1998 Tuesday with more gains, a fitting end to a stunning three months for investors as the market screamed back toward its record …


UPDATED: Wed., June 24, 2020

FAA orders fix for engine covers of Boeing 737 Max planes

U.S. safety officials will require all Boeing 737 Max airliners to be inspected for a manufacturing defect on engine coverings that they say could lead to loss of power during …


UPDATED: Wed., June 3, 2020

Trump administration moves to block Chinese airlines from U.S.

The Trump administration moved Wednesday to block Chinese airlines from flying to the U.S. in an escalation of trade and travel tensions between the two countries.


UPDATED: Sun., May 31, 2020

People are wearing hazmat suits on planes, but should they?

Last year, supermodel Naomi Campbell made headlines when she shared a video of herself very thoroughly sanitizing her Qatar Airlines seat. There were disinfecting wipes involved, plastic gloves and a …


EU agency seeks airline, airport input on new virus guidance

Europe’s aviation safety agency called on airlines and airports Tuesday to participate in a program to help evaluate new coronavirus guidelines in real-life situations.


UPDATED: Mon., May 4, 2020

U.S. airlines tumble after Buffett abandons bet on industry

U.S. airline stocks plummeted Monday after Warren Buffett dumped his stakes in the four biggest carriers, saying the industry’s prospects had been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.


American Airlines posts $2.2 billion loss during pandemic

American Airlines lost $2.24 billion in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic triggered a sharp drop in air travel, and the airline is taking steps to survive but as …


UPDATED: Tue., April 28, 2020

More flying changes: American and JetBlue want you to wear a mask

As the COVID-19 pandemic decimates demand for air travel, U.S. carriers have taken several unprecedented steps to increase onboard safety. The latest: urging passengers to wear face masks.


Boeing CEO: Air travel won’t return to 2019 level for two to three years

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun told shareholders Monday the staggering business downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic is likely to impact the company through 2023 and beyond.


UPDATED: Wed., April 22, 2020

Think things are bad for airlines? It’s about to get worse

The biggest and most profitable U.S. airline just posted its first quarterly loss in more than five years. Now things are going to get really bad.


UPDATED: Tue., April 14, 2020

Ten major airlines line up to split $25 billion in payroll aid

The nation’s biggest airlines have tentatively agreed to terms for $25 billion in government aid to pay workers and avoid massive layoffs in an industry that has been slammed by …


Airlines wait as Treasury applies strings to payroll aid

The Treasury Department has missed a deadline to start paying airlines to keep workers employed, and the two sides were still negotiating terms of the federal help Monday.


Pandemic has set the number of air travelers back decades

The number of Americans getting on airplanes has sunk to a level not seen in more than 60 years as people shelter in their homes to avoid catching or spreading …


UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Treasury wants airlines to say how they’ll repay loans

The Treasury Department wants airlines to say how they will compensate the government for $25 billion in grants used to keep employees on the payroll during the coronavirus outbreak.


US airlines seek billions in aid as outbreak cripples travel

U.S. airlines are asking the federal government for grants, loans and tax relief that could easily top $50 billion to help them recover from a sharp downturn in travel because …


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

Airlines slash flights, freeze hiring as virus cuts travel

Airlines are slashing flights and freezing hiring as they experience a sharp drop in bookings and a rise in cancellations in the face of the spreading coronavirus.


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Industry group: Virus outbreak could cost airlines $113B

The International Air Transport Association says the virus outbreak that began in China could cost airlines as much as $113 billion in lost revenue due to the collapse of air …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

More airlines drop flights to China as deadly virus spreads

British Airways halted all flights to China and American Airlines suspended Los Angeles flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing as efforts to contain a new and deadly virus intensifies.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Boeing jet weighs on airlines as Southwest’s profit falls

The three big U.S. airlines that own Boeing 737 Max jets don’t expect the grounded plane back in their fleets before the end of the peak summer travel season, and …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

US seeks to tighten rules covering service animals on planes

The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday announced plans to tighten rules around service animals. The biggest change would be that only dogs would qualify.


Airline trade group predicts Christmas travel will rise 3%

Airlines are looking forward to another big Christmas and New Year’s season, with 3% more people flying in the U.S. than during last year’s holiday stretch.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Grounded Boeing plane churns up more turbulence at airlines

The grounding of the Boeing 737 Max has lasted far longer and, as Southwest Airlines and American Airlines can attest, been more expensive than airlines ever expected.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

U.S. airlines expect record crowds over Labor Day weekend

Airlines expect record crowds over the week-long Labor Day period, continuing a rise in travel that has boosted the airlines’ profits all year.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Hong Kong airport protest shutdown tarnishes business image

Hong Kong authorities scrapped all flights after the airport was swamped by pro-democracy protesters, in a fresh escalation that risks tarnishing the city’s business-friendly image.


Airlines can’t bar pit bulls or other breeds from cabins, feds say

A month after a flight attendant was bitten by an emotional support animal, the U.S. Department of Transportation told the airline industry Thursday that carriers can’t bar certain dog breeds …