Coronavirus and Airlines

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In-depth reporting and breaking news on how COVID-19 is impacting airlines in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and other destinations. Read updates on airline refund policies, fleet management, cancelled routes, and more. For broader coverage of coronavirus and its impact on the travel industry, please visit our liveblog.

Virgin Atlantic Files Chapter 15 Petition in U.S. to Assist Its Rescue in the UK

Virgin Atlantic Files Chapter 15 Petition in U.S. to Assist Its Rescue in the UK

Bhargav Acharya, David Shepardson, and Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

The real restructuring happened three weeks ago, as Airline Weekly's analysts have noted. This move is just to facilitate that.

6 days ago

Tourism and Aviation Among the Sectors Giving Insurers the Most Concern in the Pandemic

Tourism and Aviation Among the Sectors Giving Insurers the Most Concern in the Pandemic

Korey Matthews, Skift

Aviation and tourism are two of the leading areas of concerns for insurers, according to a recent survey. It's the latest bit of troubling news for the travel industry.

6 days ago

A Contrarian View on Why Airlines Shouldn’t Take Any Stimulus Money

A Contrarian View on Why Airlines Shouldn’t Take Any Stimulus Money

Airline Weekly

Airlines and their labor groups are clamoring for more stimulus funds to avoid mass layoffs on October 1. But influential industry blogger Brett Snyder argues that more stimulus will prop up a “zombie industry.” Right now, his voice is contrarian, but could it be prescient, given predictions on airline demand and the trajectory of the…

6 days ago

Airlines Facing a Lot of ‘Ifs’

Airlines Facing a Lot of ‘Ifs’

Airline Weekly

We all know the second quarter was awful. But what comes next for airlines? What are the next phases of the recovery? Much of how the fall turns out for airlines depends on Congress and whether another federal stimulus will support the industry. Will schools re-open? Will passengers want to travel when the coronavirus is…

1 week ago

Travel Blogs Rode Credit Card Referrals Wave: What Comes Next?

Travel Blogs Rode Credit Card Referrals Wave: What Comes Next?

Brian Sumers, Skift

If you wanted to make money in travel media in the past decade, credit card referral revenue was the best bet. But now that stream has dried up. Will it return?

1 week ago

Phased Out: U.S. Airlines Look to the Past, Future

Phased Out: U.S. Airlines Look to the Past, Future

Airline Weekly

Airlines are not happy with their governments. Air Canada complains of overzealous border restrictions. Asia’s airline association complains of inconsistent policies. Allegiant criticized Washington for inadequate testing and information. Ryanair is livid about government bailouts. Fair enough. But the true enemy is an extremely infectious virus which keeps on spreading.

1 week ago

A Quarter for Airlines Everyone Wants to Forget

A Quarter for Airlines Everyone Wants to Forget

Airline Weekly

In the August 3 issue of Airline Weekly, we'll take an in-depth look at the U.S. airline industry's second-quarter results. It's not pretty. As we all know now, the quarter started terribly, with a ghastly April. Airlines were hopeful that travel would start to recover over the summer, and it did start to rebound in…

1 week ago

Amadeus Isn’t Seeing a Significant Pickup in Airline Ticket Sales Yet

Amadeus Isn’t Seeing a Significant Pickup in Airline Ticket Sales Yet

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The first half of July saw little improvement in travel agency bookings compared with the first half of June, according to the world's largest processor of airline tickets. Sigh.

1 week ago

Airbus Orders Plunge

Airbus Orders Plunge

Airline Weekly

Airbus's first-half 2019 results read almost like fantasy fiction now, after looking at the airframer's first-half 2020 results. Then, Airbus was flying high on the strength of its A320 family, the uptake of the A220, and the growing popularity of the A350. And the Boeing 737 MAX grounding was beginning to have a positive effect…

2 weeks ago

Travel Companies Struggle With Chaotic Surges in Bookings When Restrictions Lift

Travel Companies Struggle With Chaotic Surges in Bookings When Restrictions Lift

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Living with haphazard spikes in travel bookings is the new abnormal. Few brands are ready. But those that are prepped will take market share.

2 weeks ago

The Pain Continues at Boeing

The Pain Continues at Boeing

Airline Weekly

It's been a rough 18 months or so for Boeing. First, regulators grounded the 737 MAX after two fatal accidents. And now Covid has brought its airline customers to the brink of ruin. The company's revenues fell 25 percent in the second quarter from the same period last year, when the MAX was first grounded.

2 weeks ago

Russia Leads Rebound Helped by International Flights: Latest Skift Recovery Index

Russia Leads Rebound Helped by International Flights: Latest Skift Recovery Index

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

Skift Research keeps analyzing how the travel recovery is shaping up. It’s needed, because demand remains volatile and none of the 22 markets tracked in the Skift Recovery Index is above 50 percent of prior year performance.

2 weeks ago