Southwest Airlines, which has never laid off a worker in its 49-year history, notified 6,828 employees that they may be involuntarily furloughed next year as the airline industry continues to suffer amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The moment marked the first time the plane has flown the public since a pair of fatal crashes involving the aircraft less than five months apart forced U.S. regulators to ground the plane in March 2019.
The move follows reports of lengthy waits facing airline crews upon arrival, limited local accommodations and restrictions on their movement in China
The airline industry is readying its fleet to help deliver shipments of the forthcoming COVID-19 vaccines pending approval from health officials.
United is among the major U.S. airlines that began implementing temporary waivers of change fees this year
American Airlines has responded to earlier reports that the carrier is planning to downplay the branding of its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft before reintroducing the planes to service.
A U.S.-China agreement allows both countries to operate more than 100 weekly flights between the two nations
United is adding more than 1,400 domestic flights during the week of Thanksgiving. United will also monitor last minute bookings in the event that the company needs "to swap in larger aircraft" to accommodate for the last-minute demand.
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines each reported deep losses in the third quarter on Thursday, but said they would burn less cash in the months to come as leisure bookings show signs of recovery from this year's coronavirus-driven collapse.
American Airlines is planning to reintroduce Boeing 737 Max jets to service in late December, on the condition that the FAA deems it safe to do so.
U.S. airlines expect it will be years before their business recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, even after pulling together over $100 billion by tapping government aid and mortgaging assets including planes and frequent-flier programs.
A push for piecemeal legislation to help pandemic-stricken U.S. airlines is gaining traction among Democrats and Republicans as the industry warned of "many more job losses" in coming weeks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled openness to a standalone coronavirus relief bill for the pandemic-stricken airline industry on Wednesday morning during a phone call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday asked airlines to delay tens of thousands of planned furloughs, vowing that additional government relief is "imminent" for the coronavirus-battered industry.
The airline industry is bracing for mass layoffs as federal funding for the CARES Act runs out. One commercial pilot says there is a strong risk of being laid off while a pilot instructor at an Atlanta aviation school says he has already been furloughed.
American Airlines will begin furloughing 19,000 employees on Thursday after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic-relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines.
Parker's high hopes come as Congress has been at an impasse for over a month on additional stimulus, leading many airlines to seek out other alternatives to prepare for the worst as the $25 billion bailout from the federal government is set to expire on Oct 1, which is when airlines can begin to lay off employees.
The chief executives of American Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways and the major aviation unions held a press conference Tuesday afternoon on Capitol Hill as part of a last-ditch effort for a six-month extension of the payroll support program granted through the $25 billion bailout from Congress back in March.
The airline and unions are also asking that the latest stimulus package include a clean six-month extension of funding for the Payroll Support Program, which requires airlines to keep their employees on the payroll through Oct. 1.
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