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.
Delta and United Airlines' respective leadership are predicting very different timelines as to when exactly business travel's full recovery from the coronavirus pandemic could happen.
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 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.
The passenger airlines and their labor unions are lobbying for taxpayer money to pay workers for six more months
Following its initial pilot program, the airline will "quickly expand customer testing to other destinations and U.S. airports" later this year, according to United Chief Customer Officer Toby Enqvist.
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.
United Airlines pilot union votes on deal to prevent employee furloughs.
Thousands of airline workers are bracing for layoffs at the end of the month unless Congress overcomes a monthlong stalemate.
United CEO Scott Kirby said Sunday that while some industries of the economy have been able to recover, "anything to do with leisure, hospitality, meeting, convention services [and] restaurants are all hurting, and frankly, are near depression levels."
United Airlines and the union representing its pilots said on Wednesday they have reached a tentative agreement to avoid furloughs of nearly 3,000 aviators.
Production problems at a Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner factory have prompted air-safety regulators to review quality-control lapses potentially stretching back almost a decade, according to an internal government memo and people familiar with the matter.
The company will resume or start new service on nearly 50 routes, including 37 routes from United's Chicago, Denver and Houston hubs.
Six major U.S. airlines have banned a total of 738 passengers for not wearing masks, according to a recent report.
Alaska Airlines has joined rivals American, Delta, and United announcing it will permanently eliminate change fees on all domestic and international flights.
United Airlines said in an internal memo that it plans to furlough 16,370 employees in October.
American Airlines will join competitors Delta and United on eliminating change fees in an effort to boost travel demand that has been slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.
United Airlines said it is permanently ending flight change fees for most domestic tickets, the latest effort to boost demand in an air-travel industry hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.