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U.S. Airline Furloughs: Where We Stand

When SARS-CoV-2, the novel Coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19, first reached the U.S., nobody really knew how the disease, which at the time had not yet been granted pandemic status by the World Health Organization, would impact life in this country. Yet as the disease spread throughout the country throughout late winter and spring, life came to a screeching halt.  Few industries were hit as hard as the travel and leisure sectors. Restaurants have shut down, hotels and amusement parks…

Southwest Airlines Will Not Furlough Workers On Oct. 1

Southwest Airlines has announced it will not furlough or lay off any workers on Oct. 1, the first day it is allowed to per its CARES Act terms. Company CEO Gary Kelly made the announcement on Friday in a letter seen by AirlineGeeks. Kelly’s letter was cautiously optimistic, committing to…

WestJet Announces Schedule Expansion for August

As the summer travel season moves forward, Canada's WestJet is expanding its August schedule and continuing its flight operations for July. The Calgary, Canada-based carrier plans to add more than 200 flights to 48 destinations across Canada and beyond. Even though there seems to be no end in sight for…

LATAM Group Requests Return of 65 Aircraft to Its Lessors…

This week saw the second court hearing take place regarding the debt restructuring process under the protection of Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Law filed by LATAM Airlines Group. Judge James L. Garrity, from the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York agreed to the 25…

Delta Becomes First U.S. Carrier to Restart China Flights

Delta will resume service from Seattle and Detroit to Shanghai via Seoul on June 25 and July 1 respectively, operating twice a week. Despite the tensions and disputes between the U.S. government and China over operating flights between the two countries, Delta will be the first U.S. airline to reconnect…

Qatar Airways Continues to Commit to U.S. Through Flight Resumptions

Qatar Airways aims to continue its commitment to operating flights in the U.S. market, even during the current, unprecedented crisis. The national carrier of Qatar is currently the only Gulf carrier to maintain flights to the U.S. out of Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth. The airline will reaffirm its commitment to…

As Chinese Government Plans to Allow International Carriers, U.S. Eases…

The Chinese government will allow international airlines to operate into China at limited capacity. The announcement followed the United States’ decision to ban Chinese carriers from entering the U.S. starting June 16, a move made in retribution to a similar move made by China. Foreign airlines originally banned from operating…

Airbus Wins ESA Contract to Construct Space Module for NASA’s…

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Airbus the contract to allow the aircraft manufacturer to construct the third European Service Module (ESM) for Orion, the American crewed spacecraft. The ESA’s order for this additional module ensures that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is able to continue its…

Air Canada Releases New Schedule for Upcoming Summer Season

Summer is less than a month away, which means summer vacation — usually one of the busiest travel times of the year — is right around the corner. Usually, many potential travelers use this time to plan trips for the next couple of months. However, due to COVID-19, many have…

U.S. Airlines Agree to Bailout Terms, Receive Billions from Treasury…

The United States’ major airlines have agreed to terms on a $25 billion bailout package from the U.S. government. The U.S. Treasury Department says that Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, SkyWest Airlines and Southwest Airlines will participate. The…