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As CARES Act Funding Expires, Thousands Brace for Job and Service Losses

CARES Act funding ran out at midnight on Thursday morning, and tens of thousands of airline employees braced for furlough as congress failed to make a job-saving funding extension.  When the U.S. passed the CARES Act in March, among its terms were a prohibition on involuntary layoffs or furloughs through Sept. 30. Throughout the summer, airlines and the unions that represent their employees have been advocating for a $28 billion, six-month extension to the funds that protected jobs, but at…

Delta Retires Final Eight Boeing 737-700s

Delta Air Lines has retired its final Boeing 737-700 aircraft, sources close to the matter confirmed to AirlineGeeks. Delta had eight 737-700s in its fleet as of Sept. 13 and the final planes were ferried to storage on Sept. 25.  Delta’s final 737-700s were registered as N301DQ, N302DQ, N303DQ, N304DQ,…

U.S. Airlines’ Unique Strategy For Growing West Coast Flights

For the past few years, there was a lot of talk by U.S. carriers that the three large Middle Eastern airlines had an unfair advantage in the global market due to government subsidizes they were receiving. Outside of complaints about fifth freedom flights one major complaint was that Middle Eastern…

United Airlines One Step Closer to Avoiding Pilot Furloughs

United Airlines has become the latest airline to make a move towards saving its pilots from furloughs in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report from Reuters, the airline's pilot union and the airline have reached a tentative agreement to prevent pilot furloughs until at least early…

Delta Air Lines Will Not Furlough Flight Attendants or Ground…

In a memo released Tuesday, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian announced there would be no involuntary flight attendant or ground staff furloughs come Oct. 1. Bastian explained that these jobs were saved by the thousands of employees who volunteered to take unpaid time off, opt for early retirement or…

Global Aviation Industry Could See Over 500,000 Job Losses in…

Over 350,000 aviation jobs have been cut over the past six months. Over 25,000 jobs are expected to cut through the end of the year, and an additional 95,000 jobs are in jeopardy, Crain’s Business reports, potentially putting aviation-related job losses around 470,000 or higher by the end of 2020.…

United Airlines Announces 16,000 Furloughs

United Airlines has become the latest airline to announce mass layoffs as it suffers from major financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the airline has received payroll support from the CARES Act, the funding expires on Sept. 30, unless Congress can pass a second support bill. In July,…

Hawaiian Airlines Announces Furloughs

While leisure travel has had a slight increase in the United States over the past few months, one state and its main airline have not been able to see the same growth. Hawaiian Airlines has suffered since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, following a lack of demand and strict…

Analysis: U.S. Airlines Drop Change Fees

United Airlines announced over the weekend that it will permanently drop change fees on domestic flights in a move most likely intended to win over passengers while demand stays low amid the coronavirus pandemic. A day later, on Monday, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines followed suit and published press…

United Develops System to Cancel Low Load Flights

Generally when comparing airlines in the United States, one naturally gravitates towards Delta Air Lines. It runs a great operation and generally, people are very happy flying them. The other airlines always try to be like Delta but rarely does it succeed. In an industry where decisions often are based…