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American to Sell Out Planes If It Can

Social distancing doesn't work on planes, airline says

(Newser) - American Airlines will start booking flights to full capacity next week, ending any effort to promote social distancing on its planes while the US sets records for new reported cases of the coronavirus. American's move matches the policy of United Airlines but contrasts sharply with rivals that limit bookings... More »

Pakistan Unearths Alarming Stat About Its Pilots

About 1 in 3 have a bogus license

(Newser) - More than 30% of commercial pilots in Pakistan aren't qualified to fly and carry a fake license, according to the country's aviation minister. While faulting pilot error in last month's plane crash that killed a total of 98 people in Karachi, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said... More »

Airline Makes Huge Cuts as It Tries to Survive the Pandemic

Qantas says it will take years to recover

(Newser) - Qantas plans to cut at least 6,000 jobs and keep 15,000 more workers on extended furloughs as Australia's largest airline tries to survive the coronavirus pandemic. Qantas announced a plan Thursday to reduce costs by billions of dollars and raise fresh capital, the AP reports. The plan... More »

Frontier Scraps Vilified Fee After One Day

Passengers could pay $39 to guarantee having an empty seat next to them

(Newser) - One sign of a PR fail: You have to write a letter to lawmakers insisting that your company was not trying to profit from pandemic fears. Just ask Frontier Airlines, which announced Wednesday it is scrapping a new fee related to social distancing. "We recognize the concerns raised that... More »

Warren Buffett Dumped All His Airline Stocks

To the tune of $4B amid pandemic fallout

(Newser) - More bad news for the airline industry: The Oracle of Omaha has jumped ship. Warren Buffett says that his Berkshire Hathaway has unloaded its airline stocks—to the tune of about $4 billion, reports CNBC . "The world has changed for the airlines," Buffett said during a much scaled-down... More »

Here's What the Coronavirus Has Done to Delta

Company sees its first quarterly loss since 2014

(Newser) - After reporting quarterly profits for more than five years and annual profits for more than a decade, Delta Air Lines' balance sheet has nosedived into the red. The company has reported a $534 million loss for the first quarter of 2020. That's Delta's first loss since the final... More »

American Flight Attendants, Pilots Take Leaves or Retire

This isn't the way anyone planned to go, union says

(Newser) - Pilots and flight attendants have accepted American Airline's offers of voluntary leave or early retirement by the thousands. With air travel evaporated during the pandemic, more than 700 pilots took early retirement and 4,800 took a leave of one to six months. All include benefits, and many partial... More »

Airlines Ask US for $50B

As pandemic slashes traffic, industry negotiates with government for cash, loans

(Newser) - "We’re going to be in a position to help the airlines very much," President Trump said Monday when asked about possible government aid in the wake of the huge drop in passenger bookings. The airlines have now put an amount on that promise: $50 billion. That's... More »

Before We Bail Out Airlines, Let's Change the Rules

'NYT' columnist isn't shedding tears for the industry amid the coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - Nobody is using the word "bailout" yet, but it's just a matter of time before the government acts to shore up the US airline industry in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, writes Tim Wu in the New York Times . Not so fast, he adds. "As the... More »

Southwest CEO Takes Pay Cut

Gary Kelly trims salary 10% as airlines cut back over coronavirus slowdown

(Newser) - The airline industry is getting slammed by the coronavirus outbreak, and airlines are responding accordingly. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly is taking a 10% pay cut, reports the Wall Street Journal , while United CEO Oscar Munoz and United President Scott Kirby are forgoing their base salaries until at least the end... More »

To Keep Their Gates, Airlines Are Sending 'Ghost Flights'

Britain wants rules relaxed during outbreak

(Newser) - Far fewer people are flying because of the coronavirus outbreak. But many of the planes they would be boarding are still taking off—even if they're empty. Rules in Europe say airlines can lose their airport slots if they don't fly 80% of their flights, Business Insider reports.... More »

Passengers Stranded After British Airline Collapses

Flybe's network included half of UK's domestic flights outside of London

(Newser) - The struggling British airline Flybe has collapsed, leaving passengers stranded and told to find their own way home. The UK Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement Thursday that financially troubled Flybe had entered administration. It said, "All Flybe flights are cancelled. Please do not go to the airport... More »

Qantas Tests 19.5-Hour Flight

London-Sydney flight equaled distance record airline set in 1989

(Newser) - Australia’s national carrier Qantas on Friday successfully completed a 19.5-hour non-stop flight from London to Sydney, which was used to run a series of tests to assess the effects of ultra long-haul flights on crew fatigue and passenger jetlag. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took off from London’s... More »

38 Southwest Jets Lack Proper Paperwork

Airline is speeding up inspections after FAA raised issues about inspections

(Newser) - Southwest Airlines couldn't produce safety data for 38 jets, which caused the Federal Aviation Administration to consider—but ultimately delay—grounding those jets, the Wall Street Journal reveals. The airline brought 88 used foreign jets into its fleet between 2013 and 2017, and last year an FAA official uncovered... More »

JetBlue Gate Agent Could Get 20 Years for Ticket Scam

She upgraded tickets for more than 100 friends, relatives

(Newser) - A special code allowed former JetBlue gate agent Tiffany Jenkins to swap cheap plane tickets for expensive ones—and prosecutors say she did this for family and friends more than 500 times before she got caught. Jenkins, who was arrested in November last year, allegedly upgraded 505 tickets for more... More »

British Airways Has to 'Cancel Nearly 100%' of Flights

Pilots are striking for 48 hours amid pay dispute

(Newser) - British Airways says it has had to cancel almost all flights Monday and Tuesday as a result of a pilots' 48-hour strike over pay. In a statement Monday, the airline said it had "no way of predicting how many (pilots) would come to work or which aircraft they are... More »

Aviation Has Few Answers for 'Clear-Air Turbulence'

Some on Air Canada flight hit the ceiling

(Newser) - You can't see it coming. Clear-air turbulence, which evidently jolted an Air Canada flight Thursday over the Pacific Ocean, strikes out of the blue, with no visible signs in the sky ahead. An aircraft's radar can't spot it coming, either. When it hit the Air Canada flight,... More »

Delta's Suggestion: Keep Union Dues, Buy Booze, Video Games

The union isn't happy about it, calling Delta poster "insulting"

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines really doesn't want its flight attendants or ramp and cargo attendants to unionize. That seems to be the reason, at any rate, behind a Delta poster that's causing a ruckus. The poster, tweeted out Thursday by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, shows... More »

Here Are the Main US Airlines, Ranked

Alaska Airlines comes in at No. 1 overall, and it's also the safest

(Newser) - While it always feels like a win to score a cheap plane ticket, price isn't the only factor that makes an airline desirable. WalletHub looked at the nine biggest domestic airlines, plus three regional carriers, examining four categories: safety; incidents involving animals; in-flight comfort and cost; and baggage, departures,... More »

Delta Airlines Adjusts Its Seats—So You Can't

(Newser) - Love leaning all the way back on flights? Then you may take exception to a new Delta Airlines move to limit seat recline on its Airbus 320 planes—but the person behind you will likely be happier, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The airline is reducing main-cabin and Comfort+ recline from... More »

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