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Clock Ticking for Federal Airline Aid as Bipartisan Support Grows

Clock Ticking for Federal Airline Aid as Bipartisan Support Grows

Airline Weekly

Two powerful House lawmakers have lent their support for more airline aid, but with just seven days to go before CARES Act funding expires, is there time to get a bill through Congress? And is more aid even needed if airlines expect to be much smaller?

6 hours ago

United Airlines Will Remain Half Its Size Until Vaccine Is Widely Distributed: CEO

United Airlines Will Remain Half Its Size Until Vaccine Is Widely Distributed: CEO

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

United expects to remain half its size till the end of next year, when CEO Scott Kirby thinks a vaccine will be widely available. But will it be in a position to respond quickly to demand if the company is forced to lay off tens of thousands of employees?

1 day ago

Relief for U.S. Airline Workers Looks Fleeting as Washington Remains Deadlocked

Relief for U.S. Airline Workers Looks Fleeting as Washington Remains Deadlocked

Airline Weekly

Airline workers facing layoffs when federal funding expires on September 30 could see their jobs saved if a bill introduced by two Republican senators passes. But with Congress unable to agree on anything, an election looming, and the Senate preparing for a battle over an open Supreme Court seat, the odds that this bill fizzles…

1 day ago

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Southwest Airlines Expands Booking Access and Content in the GDS to Reach More Business Travelers

Southwest Airlines Expands Booking Access and Content in the GDS to Reach More Business Travelers

Southwest Airlines + Skift

Southwest Airlines is upping its corporate travel game by significantly expanding its presence in the global distribution system (GDS) network. This is set to enhance the relationship between the airline and its corporate buyers and agencies.

4 months ago

Pandemic and Competitors’ Struggles Put JetBlue on Offense During Crisis

Pandemic and Competitors’ Struggles Put JetBlue on Offense During Crisis

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

While its competitors are struggling with the collapse in business-travel demand, JetBlue's focus on leisure travelers has been a source of (relative) strength. The airline is flouting conventional wisdom and expanding in its competitors' hubs.

1 day ago

Delta CEO’s Optimistic View Is Covid-19 Will Be a ‘Two-Year Journey’

Delta CEO’s Optimistic View Is Covid-19 Will Be a ‘Two-Year Journey’

Brian Sumers, Skift

Under Ed Bastian, Delta Air Lines has taken a prudent approach to managing through this pandemic. The airline is not expecting a recovery for about two years.

1 day ago

Lufthansa Forecasts Slower Recovery as ‘Green Shoots’ Wither

Lufthansa Forecasts Slower Recovery as ‘Green Shoots’ Wither

Airline Weekly

What happened to those "green shoots" so many European airlines saw at the start of the summer? It's safe to say they've shriveled. Lufthansa on Monday said fourth-quarter demand will be 20-30 percent of 2019, down from its previous forecast of 50 percent.

2 days ago

Norwegian Air Gets Loan Guarantee Lifeline For an Additional Two Months

Norwegian Air Gets Loan Guarantee Lifeline For an Additional Two Months

Victoria Klesty, Reuters

Prayers answered. The Norwegian government listened to Norwegian Air's pleas that the airline needed more money to get through the pandemic. The money is geared to provide a buffer through the end of 2020, that is.

3 days ago

The FAA Just Gave Airlines Another Break on Airport Slot Waivers: Why Aren’t Carriers Happier?

The FAA Just Gave Airlines Another Break on Airport Slot Waivers: Why Aren’t Carriers Happier?

Airline Weekly

Airlines always squabble over access to three of the country's busiest airports — JFK, LaGuardia, and Washington Reagan. Due to Covid, regulators have waived some of the rules requiring airlines to operate all their flights to these airports and is proposing an extension through March 2021, but not all airlines are thrilled.

5 days ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: JetBlue Looks for New Opportunities Beyond the Northeast and Florida

Skift Global Forum Preview: JetBlue Looks for New Opportunities Beyond the Northeast and Florida

Brian Sumers, Skift

Many U.S. airlines will change after the pandemic. But JetBlue may alter its strategy even more than most. Expect JetBlue to continue to use this crisis to gain more of a nationwide footprint.

5 days ago

Flights to Nowhere Now Taking Off — Should They?

Flights to Nowhere Now Taking Off — Should They?

Airline Weekly

We get that people are desperate to travel and airlines are desperate for revenue. But should airlines get into the business of burning tens of thousands of kilograms of fuel just to fly joyrides?

6 days ago

Demand So Far in September Leaves 2 Airlines Bullish, Sort Of

Demand So Far in September Leaves 2 Airlines Bullish, Sort Of

Brian Sumers, Skift

The CEO of Spirit Airlines is hopeful the carrier can get back to 2019 capacity levels by the end of next year. His airline focuses more on leisure customers than most, so maybe it is possible. But it still seems to be a far-fetched goal.

1 week ago