Great Moments in Travel History – October 2020

by Jesse Sokolow

October is the month inexorably associated with Oktoberfest, a celebration of Bavarian culture and Bavarian beer that typically begins at the end of September in Munich, although it will not be held in 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
It is the tenth month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendar, is the sixth of seven months in a year that have 31 days. It was the eighth month in the old …

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

by Kurt Stolz

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

by Paul Riegler

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

by Kurt Stolz

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 …

When Packaging Fights Back: It’s Not Just ‘Wrap Rage,’ It’s Also Not Eco-Friendly

by Jonathan Spira

Several years ago, Amazon began telling its suppliers that it wants them to use consumer-friendly packaging for their products that is also more earth friendly.
Not all of them are apparently listening.
As Amazon continues to expand its footprint across the globe, it ships many products with wasteful packaging and plastic that won’t decompose in a landfill.  It’s not only the products: Amazon ships numerous half empty boxes that end up in …

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

by Jonathan Spira

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

by Jonathan Spira

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 …