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AirlineGeeks ‘AG Lounge’ Podcast Episode 12: Airlines Announce Furloughs, Shut Down, and Renew Testing

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at this week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to the AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, or through our distributor, Anchor. This week's episode focuses mainly on airline furloughs in the United States. We start by discussing Delta's decision to furlough nearly 2,000 pilots in October, soon after the terms of its CARES…

White House Looking to Prevent Airline Industry Layoffs

On Wednesday, the White House stated that it will consider the possibility of taking action to protect thousands of airline employees’ jobs. According to USA Today, this comes the same week American Airlines and Delta Airlines announced they would furlough thousands of union employees each in October. According to American,…

Delta Air Lines COO Gil West to Retire in September

Delta Air Lines’ Chief Operating Officer Gil West announced his plans to retire from the company. The announcement was made public in an internal memo to employees from CEO Ed Bastian on Aug. 25. Considered the architect of the carrier’s operating performance excellence, West joined Delta in 2008 as the…

Delta To Furlough 1,941 Pilots on Oct. 1

As demand remains weak and Oct. 1 looms on the horizon, U.S. airlines are struggling to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in the industry. In that context, Delta has announced in an internal memo that is planning to furlough 1,941 pilots once the CARES act prohibition on involuntary cuts ends.…

Delta Long-Haul Flights Return to Midwest Hub, Focus Cities

Banking on the potential availability of a vaccine, the gradual return of demand and the lifting of international travel restrictions, Delta Air Lines is adding frequencies and reopening routes in its winter 2020 and summer 2021 long-haul flying schedule. In line with IATA expectations for a multi-year recovery to pre-COVID-19…

American Airlines and Pilot Union Reach Furlough Agreement

American Airlines and their pilot union, Allied Pilots Association, have reached an agreement to reduce the number of redundancies this fall. According to the Chicago Tribune, the two sides have reached an agreement allowing some pilots to alternate months of flying till May, or take leave while still receiving training.…

Delta Remains Confident In Business Travel Rebound

In comments to The Washington Post, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said that he is confident that business travel will return in the future despite being having been greatly reduced over the past months due to COVID-19 pandemic. The executive has been firm with this stance and has repeatedly assured it…

American Airlines, Southwest Airlines Report $2.1 Billion, $915 Million Losses

The final two of the U.S.'s four largest airlines to report second quarter earnings released their figures before market open on Thursday. Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines announced a $2.1 billion net loss on the back of $1.6 billion in revenue. Southwest Airlines, headquartered at Love Field Airport in neighboring…

Delta Accused Of Penalizing Pilots Requesting Simulator Training After COVID-19…

As airlines slowly try to resume a semblance of normality after the collapse of demand experienced during the peak months of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more issues are surfacing with regards to crew proficiency. Some Delta Air Lines pilots have been reporting that the airline has been punishing them…

Delta Reports Massive $7 Billion Loss in Second Quarter

Delta Air Lines this morning became the first U.S. airline to report second-quarter earnings. After a full three months full of depressed traffic and drastic cost-cutting measures coming on the heels of huge industry fallout stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline reported a loss of $7 billion on revenue…