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Calls for Airline Relief Grows As Southwest Announces Furloughs

The impasse in Washington, D.C. has finally hit one of the United States’ most stable airlines in the country. Late last week, Southwest Airlines detailed the planned furlough of up to 7,000 employees. The furloughs would be the first in the airline's over 50-year history. Airline executives have been proud of the fact that the airline has been able to survive the previous downturns in the industry without layoffs.  The decision to furlough would affect nearly all departments in the…

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…

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 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.…

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…

Delta’s Pilot Workforce Overstaffed by 7,000

A Delta Air Lines internal memo to its’ pilots obtained by Reuters warned that it may have as many as 7,000 too many pilots to fly its airplanes by the Fall of 2020. The number represents approximately half of its 13,100 pilot workforce. John Laughter, SVP of Flight Operations for…

Textron Furloughs 7,000, Axes Production Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Textron Aviation is now the latest aerospace company to announce its plan for the next few months as the COVID-19 scenario continues to grab hold of the American economy. The company, which owns firms such as Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker and Bell Helicopter, announced that it will furlough roughly 7,000 employees…