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American Airlines Might Cancel Orders for 17 Boeing 737 Max Aircraft

American Airlines Might Cancel Orders for 17 Boeing 737 Max Aircraft

American Airlines would cancel some of its orders for Boeing 737 Max aircraft if it is unable to obtain financing, multiple sources said.
In question are 17 of the beleaguered aircraft which have already been built.  Delivery is currently not slated until fall at the earliest as the Federal Aviation Administration would first have to recertify the aircraft and remove a grounding order.
American, the world’s largest carrier, has 24 of the …

American Airlines Moves to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow

American Airlines Moves to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow

American Airlines announced it had moved its London Heathrow operations from where it was temporarily operating in Terminal 2 to Terminal 5, the British Airways’ terminal.
The airlines, which have a joint-venture agreement for transatlantic flights, offered the most flights between JFK and London’s Heathrow Airport of any airline or alliance prior to the start of the pandemic.
Previously, American had operated out of Terminal 3 but airport operator Heathrow Airport Holdings …

Oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance Outline Industry Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

Oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance Outline Industry Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

The world’s three largest airline alliances – oneworld, Sky Team, and Star Alliance – announced a unified response to the coronavirus pandemic in conjunction with the 58 airlines they represent.
“With the additional health and well-being measures that have been implemented by our member airlines, and across the industry, customers can embark on their travel with confidence,” said Rob Gurney, the CEO of the oneworld alliance.
The three alliances said Thursday that …

American Airlines Flight Attendant Dies En Route to St. Louis

American Airlines Flight Attendant Dies En Route to St. Louis

An American Airlines flight attendant died from a heart attack while working on a flight headed for St. Louis.
Joseph Tormes, known as Joe to friends, was working the flight along with his wife, Elsa Jett-Tormes, who also works for the airline.
The airline announced his death in a memorandum to employees on Monday.
“We know that many of you worked with Joe and know you will miss him deeply,” the airline said …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T SEL

Introducing the redesigned 2020 Volkswagen Passat.  If you liked the recent editions of the Passat (and there’s a lot to like), you will undoubtedly like the new one as well.
We last looked at the Passat some two years ago in GT form, a vehicle that offered tighter handling and a sporty and more powerful V6 powerplant. The 2020 redesign focused on updating the exterior design, bringing it a bit more …

United Airlines Issues Layoff Notices to 36,000 Workers

United Airlines Issues Layoff Notices to 36,000 Workers

United Airlines warned 36,000 employees, approximately 45% of its customer-facing workforce, of impending layoffs that would happen on or after October 1 of this year.
Flight attendants and gate agents account for 26,000 of the 36,000.
“After months of aggressive cost-cutting and proactive capital-raising, today we updated employees about a topic we’ve always dreaded and the action that was always a last resort in the context of this COVID-19 pandemic: involuntary furloughs,” …

Gogo to Offer In-Flight Wi-Fi Earlier During Take-Off

Gogo to Offer In-Flight Wi-Fi Earlier During Take-Off

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo said that, starting July 20, 2020, passengers using its air-to-ground offering in flight could begin to use the service at 3,000’ altitude.
The move, the company said, will give travelers an additional 15 to 20 minutes of online time during many flights.
The company feels that the change in service will benefit shorter flights in particular.  Twenty-five percent of Gogo-equipped regional jet flights are under 60 minutes in …