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American Airlines Offering $129 At-Home COVID-19 Tests for Domestic Travel

On Tuesday, American Airlines announced in a statement it will begin offering at-home COVID-19 tests to help passengers avoid domestic quarantine requirements. The $129 test is provided by New York-based testing provider LetsGetChecked and will be available for purchase via the company’s website on Wednesday for flights beginning on Saturday. The test comes just as people prepare for holiday travel, even though the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises against such travel due to rising COVID cases across the country. While…

United Airlines Begins Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Charter Flights

On Friday, United Airlines began operating charter flights to begin the distribution of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is poised to be approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by mid-December. United's Distribution Plan The Wall Street Journal, citing a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),…

Denver International Adds First New Gates in Expansion

Today, Denver International Airport unveiled four new gates in concourse B, the first addition from a long-awaited expansion project to begin use. The four new gates, located on the west side of the concourse, will be used by United Airlines starting this weekend. The new gates are part of a…

United Poised to Make JFK Return in 2021

Just over a month after United Airlines was first rumored to be returning to New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, the carrier has officially confirmed its intentions. The Chicago-based airline will connect JFK with two cities on the U.S. West Coast starting in February 2021. The airline last…

United Moves Flight Crews Away from Downtown Hotels in Anticipation…

Due to fear of civil unrest caused by the Nov. 3 presidential election, United Airlines has made the proactive decision to move flight crews away from downtown hotels, according to a USA Today report. In a letter sent to flight attendants on Friday, the airline said that crews would be…

United Boosts Mexico, Caribbean Winter Flying

United Airlines has announced a significant expansion for its winter international schedule including the addition of seven new routes to the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico. The airline has aimed the expansion at vacationers looking to get away to warm leisure destinations during the winter season. The Chicago-based carrier has…

United Lowers Cash Burn Rate in Third Quarter Earnings Report

United Airlines on Wednesday became the second major U.S. carrier to report its third-quarter earnings, missing Wall Street's expectations with a net loss of $1.8 billion on the back of $2.49 billion in revenue for the period ending Sept. 30. The airline maintained a veil of optimism, however, as it…

American Scales Back Winter Transcontinental Frequencies

American Airlines has changed its transcontinental flight schedules to remove the Airbus A321 Transcontinental aircraft — known inside the airline as the A321T — from its flagship route from Los Angeles International Airport to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport for some of its November flight schedule. Originally reported…

As CARES Act Funding Expires, Thousands Brace for Job and…

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…

Japan Airlines Will Begin Using Gender-Neutral Phrases When Addressing Passengers

Japan Airlines has announced new terminology to be used when addressing passengers in airports and on aircraft, and "ladies and gentlemen" is no longer part of the script. Instead, beginning Oct. 1, the airline will use gender-friendly expressions, such as "attention all passengers" and "welcome, everybody." The phrases are already…