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Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United Agree to Common Wellness Assessment

Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United Agree to Common Wellness Assessment

Seven U.S. airlines agreed Monday on a common set of coronavirus-related health and wellness procedures for passengers.
The list of carriers includes Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, and United.
The airlines will require all passengers to complete a “health acknowledgement” in the course of checking in for a flight. The acknowledgement will cover that a face covering must be worn, that the passenger does not have a fever (100.4° F or …

Southwest Promises to Block Middle Seats Through September, Announces Mask Policy

Southwest Promises to Block Middle Seats Through September, Announces Mask Policy

Southwest Airlines said it would continue to block all middle seats on its aircraft through at least the end of September.
In addition, the airline introduced what it termed a Customer Health Declaration that requires passengers to acknowledge that the airline requires passengers to wear face masks and to confirm that they do not have any symptoms of Covid-19 nor have they been diagnosed with, or exposed to someone with the …

U.S. Airlines Struggle as Airports Become Parking Lots

In early May, Warren Buffett divested all of his investment firm’s holdings in the four major U.S. airlines, warning that the “world has changed” for the aviation industry due to the coronavirus crisis.  In mid May, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said he saw a bumpy road ahead for the airline industry and predicted that a major carrier would not survive 2020 as a result.
It appears Buffett and Calhoun were on …

Southwest Airlines to Add New Routes from Atlanta, Denver, Long Beach

Southwest Airlines to Add New Routes from Atlanta, Denver, Long Beach

Southwest Airlines announced the addition of multiple new routes with the publication of its flight schedule through early January.
“Never before has Southwest been more primed to emerge as the preferred choice of corporate travel as the business climate across America begins its recovery,” said Andrew Watterson, the airline’s chief commercial officer.
On November 1, the airline will add non-stop service linking Long Beach with Phoenix three times a day and with …

Southwest Tries to Boost Travel Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic with One-Month Fare Sale

Southwest Tries to Boost Travel Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic with One-Month Fare Sale

Promising elevated levels of cleaning and enhanced social distancing, Southwest Airlines announced a month-long sale on airfares effective Tuesday.
“We’re all eager to move again in a new chapter that feels more familiar,” said Ryan Green, the airline’s chief marketing officer in a statement.
The airline is offering fares between $49 and $99 for one-way flights to many U.S. destinations. Examples include a $99 fare for travel between Dallas and New York …

Airlines Want the TSA to Check for Fevers, But This May Just Serve as Window Dressing

Will temperature checks for passengers be part of the so-called “new normal” when people begin to travel once again?
An industry group representing major U.S. airlines including the four largest U.S. carriers, American, United, Delta, and Southwest, thinks so.
Airlines for America said Saturday that its members support having the Transportation Security Administration take the temperatures of travelers and customer-facing airline employees for the duration of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Health officials believe …

Amidst Coronavirus, Southwest Airlines Posts First Loss Since 2011

Amidst Coronavirus, Southwest Airlines Posts First Loss Since 2011

Southwest Airlines announced financial results for the first quarter of 2020.
The Dallas-based airline posted its first quarterly loss since 2011 and predicted “ “no material improvement in air travel trends” for the spring amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Southwest reported a first-quarter loss of $94 million on revenue of $4.23 billion, an 18% decline year-over-year decline.
The carrier announced a public stock offering of 55 million shares, worth around $1.6 billion at Monday’s …