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United Airlines Warns of Mass Furloughs in October

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to decimate travel demand, the airline industry continues to feel this major impact. United Airlines announced that they are getting ready to send potential furlough notices to about 36,000 employees. This would make up about 45% of their staff members in the United States. The airline claims that each notice would not necessarily mean a furlough for that employee and the final numbers will depend on the travel demand, financial status, and the number of…

El Al Israel Airlines Agrees to Taking Government Assistance

Just days after announcing they would be indefinitely suspending all operations, El Al Israel Airlines agreed to become nationalized. This development is part of a plan regarding a bailout for the airline that has had significant financial struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Israel-based carrier and its controlling shareholder…

U.S. Airlines Announce Significant Schedule Changes

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a drastic effect on air travel across the world, the airline industry continues to bounce back as the world begins to reopen. The most recent airline route announcements come courtesy of American Airlines and United Airlines. United Airlines announced that it would be adding…

Lufthansa Group Announces Fall Schedule Extension

As countries throughout the world start easing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines have seen an increase in demand for bookings as the year continues. The Lufthansa Group announced that it has published its flight schedules for subsidiary airlines through Oct. 24, the end of the normal summer…

One Unique 747 Retires While Another Flies Again

In an aviation world, where the number of large-capacity aircraft are becoming fewer and fewer, it is always a somber day to see even more retired. Unfortunately, another operator of the 747 has retired its final so-called Queen of the Skies. After nearly 30 years of operating variants of the…

Austrian Airlines Takes Financial Recovery Package

As the list of airlines that have received government-backed financial support grows during the COVID-19 pandemic, Austrian Airlines has announced that it will be the newest member of this group. In a press conference, the Vienna-based carrier announced that they would receive a total of 600 million euros ($677 million)…

Lion Air Suspends Flights Until Further Notice

On June 3, 2020, the Jakarta-based Lion Air group announced that it would be suspending flight operations starting on June 5, 2020. The suspension of flights applies to all Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air flights on both the domestic and international level. In a press release, the airline…

Air Canada Operates Final 767 Flight After 37 Years of…

On June 2, Air Canada operated the final mainline flight of the Boeing 767-300ER. Flight AC439 departed Montreal-Trudeau Airport at 6:30 p.m. local time and arrived at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport at 7:27 p.m. local time. The final flight marked the end of a 37-year era for Air Canada's 767s.…

Southwest Airlines Tops 2020 J.D. Power Rankings

The J.D. Power awards for airline customer satisfaction were announced on May 27, with Southwest Airlines taking the top spot in both rankings. The Dallas-based carrier was rated highest in both the long-haul and short-haul categories, besting the likes of Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue. Southwest Airlines scored…

Lufthansa Group Announces Government Support for Financial Aid

German-based Lufthansa Group announced that the German government had approved a large financial stabilization package for the airline group in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The total package will equate to about 9 billion euros ($9.8 billion) for the operating group. Along with Germany, Lufthansa owns airlines in Austria, Switzerland…