• Virgin Atlantic cuts 1,150 jobs amid $1.6B rescue plan

    Virgin Atlantic cuts 1,150 jobs amid $1.6B rescue plan

    Virgin Atlantic completed its 1.2 billion-pound ($1.6 billion) restructuring plan and cut 1,150 jobs Friday as the airline sought to rebuild following the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal had been approved by the High Court in London earlier this week, and was formally recognized by a US court — the last step …
  • United Airlines to cut 16,370 jobs amid COVID-19 downturn

    United Airlines to cut 16,370 jobs amid COVID-19 downturn

    United Airlines said Wednesday it is preparing to furlough 16,370 workers on Oct. 1 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the airline industry. Chicago-based United had over 90,000 employees before the pandemic brought the industry to a near standstill in March and had warned in July that 36,000 jobs were at risk of involuntary …
  • United Airlines dropping widely scorned ticket-change fees

    United Airlines dropping widely scorned ticket-change fees

    United Airlines says it listened to customers and is dropping an unpopular $200 fee for most people who change a ticket for travel within the United States. “When we hear from customers about where we can improve, getting rid of fees is often the top request,” United CEO Scott Kirby said in a video posted …
  • Boeing grounds several 787 jets due to manufacturing defect

    Boeing grounds several 787 jets due to manufacturing defect

    Boeing has found manufacturing defects on some of its 787 long-range airliners in areas where parts of the fuselage are joined together, the latest setback for the aircraft maker whose 737 Max is still grounded after two deadly crashes. The company said Friday that eight planes must be inspected and repaired before they are allowed …
  • American Airlines to slash 19,000 jobs as COVID-19 cuts demand

    American Airlines to slash 19,000 jobs as COVID-19 cuts demand

    American Airlines said Tuesday its workforce will shrink by 40,000, including 19,000 involuntary cuts, in October as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weigh on air travel, unless the government extends aid for airline employee payrolls. Airlines received $25 billion in US government stimulus funds in March meant to cover payrolls and protect jobs through September. …
  • Delta doubles staffers handling cabin cleaning in ‘pit stop’ revamp

    Delta doubles staffers handling cabin cleaning in ‘pit stop’ revamp

    Delta Air Lines has doubled its staffing to handle revamped pre-flight “pit stops” for deeper cleaning and wants to ensure that tray tables and restroom door handles are germ-free with a new testing process, an executive told Reuters. Airlines’ efforts to reassure travelers of their safety during the pandemic have spurred a behind-the-scenes scramble to …
  • American Airlines will drop flights to 15 cities in October

    American Airlines will drop flights to 15 cities in October

    American Airlines will drop flights to 15 smaller US cities in October when a federal requirement to serve those communities ends. The airline blamed low demand during the coronavirus pandemic, which has triggered a massive slump in air travel. Airlines and their labor unions are seeking billions in taxpayer relief. American said its schedule covering …
  • Delta will begin allowing more flight passengers in October

    Delta will begin allowing more flight passengers in October

    Delta Air Lines said Thursday it will continue blocking middle seats through at least Jan. 6, covering the key holiday season, but will raise the cap on the number of passengers on its flights in October. Delta had previously said it would block middle seats and limit overall seating capacity at 60 percent on each …
  • American Airlines to drop flights to 30 US cities if requirement expires

    American Airlines to drop flights to 30 US cities if requirement expires

    American Airlines is planning to drop flights to up to 30 smaller US cities if a federal requirement to continue those flights expires at the end of next month, an airline official familiar with the matter said Thursday. American agreed to keep serving those smaller cities as a condition of receiving $5.8 billion in federal …
  • Delta wants at least 3,000 flight attendants to take unpaid leave

    Delta wants at least 3,000 flight attendants to take unpaid leave

    Delta Air Lines will need at least 3,000 of its roughly 20,000 flight attendants to take unpaid leave of four to 12 months, or consider other options, to avoid involuntary furloughs, a person with knowledge of the matter said Friday. Airlines are suffering their worst crisis in history due to the coronavirus pandemic, which decimated …