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U.S. Airline Industry Set to Shrink Dramatically at Midnight If Funding Doesn’t Materialize

After years of growth, the airline industry is set shrink in size, an unprecedented move that dwarfs the cutbacks that followed the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Thousands of jobs will be cut starting at the stroke of midnight on Thursday when the protections put into place by the Cares Act, which funded the loans and grants, runs out, yet workers are hoping that some form of funding materializes before the clock …

American CEO: ‘We Need Laws, Not Bills’ that Extend Payroll Support for the Airline Industry

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is an optimist.  Despite the odds, he believes there’s still hope, despite just a few days until a crucial October 1 deadline for the airline industry, to get additional payroll support from the federal government.
It’s on that day that tens of thousands of airline employees – from pilots to gate agents to flight attendants – will be laid off amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in …

U.S. Airline Industry Set to Cut Tens of Thousands of Jobs This Week Amidst Pandemic-Induced Downturn

The U.S. airline industry is currently facing its worst crisis since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks.  The coronavirus pandemic, which initially resulted in billions of dollars in grants and loans to the airlines to keep workers on the payroll, has decimated travel and people are not returning to the skies in droves as had been predicted just a few months ago.
As a result, the industry is set …

Interview with United Airlines’ Aaron McMillan: Will In-Airport Covid-19 Testing Jumpstart Travel?

The relatively few people who wish to travel today face a constantly shifting maze of rules and regulations when it comes to restrictions on crossing state and international borders.
To combat the spread of the coronavirus and entice people to return to travel amidst a coronavirus pandemic induced travel slump, governments and companies in the travel industry alike have floated numerous ideas to facilitate entry.
In many respects, it appears that everyone …

The Clock is Ticking for Lawmakers to Save Airline Jobs and the U.S. Airline Industry

While Congress moved with great speed and alacrity to approve emergency funding for the airline industry in March, just as the industry was beginning to feel the effects of the massive coronavirus pandemic-induced drop in travel, it is moving in a dilatory fashion to assist the industry now that unprecedented damage has been done.
Six months later, government intervention may be the only way to preserve hundreds of thousands of jobs …

United Airlines CEO: Travel Unlikely to Recover Until Broad Distribution of a Vaccine

No other industry is feeling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as much as travel and hospitality and airlines are on the front lines when it comes to losses in revenue, furloughs and layoffs, and general panic.
Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines, can tell you just how bad it is.
The pandemic has ravaged the airline industry, bringing business travel to a halt, preventing people from traveling internationally, and curbing leisure …

Iconic 747 on Final Approach as Boeing Winds Down Production

Boeing’s announcement that it would wind down production of the fabled 747 jumbo jet hardly came as a shock, yet the news nonetheless gave many frequent travelers and aviation enthusiasts pause.
While we think nothing of the 747’s size today, it was revolutionary when introduced. The first model, the 747-100, was the world’s first wide-body airliner. Until then, airplanes only had a single aisle with seats on either side. The 747-100 …