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Great Moments in Travel History – April 2020

A year from now, the “Great Moments” monthly feature will presumably include multiple mentions of the various shutdowns and, one can only hope, some of the restarts of the Coronavirus Age.
Still, the month of April is commonly associated with spring and rain, as in the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” The month is also associated with two major religious holidays that result in one of the busiest travel seasons …

Airlines Slash Schedules, Borrow $17 Billion to Stay Afloat

Airlines Slash Schedules, Borrow $17 Billion to Stay Afloat

As the number of people flying continues to plummet and countries close borders, airlines collectively borrowed $17 billion and continued to slash their schedules in order to continue operations, despite the $50 billion in government aid that U.S. airlines will receive from the government out of its $2 trillion economic stimulus package.
On Friday, American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, said it would cut its capacity in May by 70% to …

U.S. Airlines Prepare for a Turbulent Future

At first glance, it sounds like good news. Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill and promised the airline industry $50 billion in aid.
The $2 trillion economic stimulus act passed by Congress this week will unquestionably prevent a wave of layoffs but it won’t stave off permanent changes in how the industry will operate going forward. The aid will arrive in the form of up to $25 billion in payroll …

United Airlines to Reduce Domestic Flying by 52%

United Airlines to Reduce Domestic Flying by 52%

United Airlines, which previously announced fairly drastic cuts to its flying, announced additional cutbacks.
The airline will now cut 52% of its domestic schedule in the coming months, as opposed to the previously announced 42%.
Last week United said it would continue to operate certain flights it had previously said it would suspend. Calling this “a fluid situation,” the Chicago-based airline said it plans to operate six flights to Frankfurt, London, São …

Coronavirus Update: Over 500,000 Cases Worldwide, Senate Passes Economic Stimulus Act, Hospitals Running Out of Beds

Coronavirus Update: Over 500,000 Cases Worldwide, Senate Passes Economic Stimulus Act, Hospitals Running Out of Beds

IN BRIEF
The number of confirmed coronavirus casesjumped approximately 25%from the prior day to over 500,000.
Conditions in New York State may be slightly improving thanks to social-distancing measures, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.  American Airlines is implementing social-distancing friendly seating and American and Delta Air Lines both said they were cutting back on in-flight beverage and meal service.
Meanwhile, the Senate’s economic stimulus bill includes funding for struggling airlines, with part coming as …

U.S. Airlines Could Shut Down, Report Says

U.S. Airlines Could Shut Down, Report Says

Airlines in the United States are drafting plans for a possible voluntary or government-ordered shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported.
One airline in the country, Hawaiian Airlines, has already suspended all international flights and virtually all flights to the mainland, while cutting back substantially on inter-island flights.
U.S. airlines are already cancelling thousands of flights on a daily basis to cope with a dwindling number of passengers, …

Airline CEOs Pledge No Stock Buybacks or Furloughs in Exchange for $29 Billion Coronavirus Bailout

Airline CEOs Pledge No Stock Buybacks or Furloughs in Exchange for $29 Billion Coronavirus Bailout

The heads of ten major U.S. airlines sent a letter to Congress with a promise to stop stock buybacks and paying dividends in exchange for a multi-billion dollar coronavirus bailout.  The industry is asking for “at least” $29 billion, saying it needs that sum in order to avoid massive layoffs.
“”Unless worker payroll protection grants are passed immediately, many of us will be forced to take draconian measures such as furloughs,” …