Delta won't furlough flight attendants, ground workers
Thousands of Delta Air Lines flight attendants and ground service workers will keep their jobs when government payroll assistance runs out next month, executives announced Tuesday.The Atlanta-based carrier and all its major competitors are expected to make substantial staffing decisions over the next several weeks, indicating what a downsized U.S. airline industry will look like for the coming years.The federal government’s airline bailout package expires on Oct. 1, which required carriers keep workers employed for the first six months of the coronavirus pandemic in exchange for government fun...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Delta to turn down CARES Act loan, take on debt backed by SkyMiles
ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines will turn down a federal loan through the CARES Act and instead take on debt backed by its SkyMiles frequent flier program.The move allows Atlanta-based Delta to avoid surrendering more control in return for new federal money. It also highlights the airline’s ability to tap capital markets and the continued popularity of credit cards offering frequent flier miles despite a steep drop in air travel.Delta got $5.4 billion in federal aid through the CARES Act passed by Congress, and had signed a letter of intent giving it the option of also taking a $4.6 billion loan thr...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
United, pilots union reach tentative deal to avoid furloughs
CHICAGO — United Airlines and the union representing its pilots have reached an agreement that would spare almost 3,000 pilots from furloughs next month.The Chicago-based airline last week warned that it planned to furlough 2,850 of its 13,000 pilots, along with more than 13,500 employees in other roles, amid a steep decline in air travel during the coronavirus pandemic.Most of those furloughs are scheduled to start Oct. 1. Airlines that accepted federal aid this spring agreed to avoid layoffs before that date.“Any potential mitigation must achieve our goals: stop planned furloughs, stop displ...
GM to Uber drivers: Would you like a Bolt? Here's a deal for you
DETROIT — General Motors is partnering with Uber to put more people into electric vehicles.GM said Tuesday it is offering the ride-sharing company’s drivers a discount on the purchase of a new Chevrolet Bolt.The drivers will get employee pricing on the Bolt and 20% off on Bolt charging accessories.This is yet another step GM is taking to promote EV adoption as it moves toward an all-electric future. GM has said it will launch at least 20 EVs by 2023 and it envisions a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.“Improving access to EVs for on-demand service providers can help re...
Detroit Free Press
Missouri man admits he used online ticketing glitch to scam airline out of $160,000
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A man admitted Tuesday to using a glitch in American Airlines’ ticketing and gift card systems to scam the company out of $160,000 and his friends and associates out of $20,000.William Joseph “Billy” Schwarze, 27, of suburban Ladue, told people that he was affiliated with a travel agency and was planning to open his own travel business, prosecutors said. He referred to himself online as a travel agent who had “elite airline and hotel statuses,” and claimed to log “about 200,000 flight miles a year. My background allows me to optimize airline and hotel customer experience progr...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Spirit Airlines plans to offer contact-free bag dropoff using biometric face scan at O'Hare
Spirit Airlines has a new automated bag dropoff system at O’Hare International Airport that the airline says will eventually let travelers deposit checked bags without interacting with an employee.The system, which needs approval from the Transportation Security Administration, will allow passengers to scan their ID at a kiosk attached to a conveyor belt. The system will compare the ID to a facial scan and, if there’s a match, instruct the traveler to put their bags on the belt to be loaded on the plane.The airline began testing automated checked bag drop-off units in New York earlier this yea...
United Airlines plans to furlough 16,370 employees Oct. 1 unless it gets more federal aid
CHICAGO — United Airlines plans to furlough 16,370 employees this fall as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on air travel.In a memo to employees, Chicago-based United said additional funding from the federal government is “the one thing” that could prevent job cuts and delay the impact on employees until next year.Airlines already received billions of dollars through the federal coronavirus aid package this spring, in exchange for agreeing to avoid layoffs before Oct. 1. But demand for travel remains sharply reduced, and United executives have said they don’t expect flying to r...
IATA reminds airline travelers to wear masks or face penalties
To combat the spread of coronavirus and avoid onboard incidents, the International Air Transport Association is appealing to travelers to wear face coverings throughout their journey.While there is no federal order mandating masks on flights, the International Civil Aviation Organization listed wearing facial coverings as a key recommendation and most airlines have implemented changes to enforce the rules.In addition to keeping all passengers and crew safe during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, travelers refusing to wear masks can sometimes cause violent onboard incidents that result in cost...
American Airlines cuts 19,000 more jobs; 40,000 workers lost in pandemic
FORT WORTH, Texas — At least 40,000 American Airlines workers — about 30% of the Fort Worth-based company’s work force — will have lost their jobs by Oct. 1 because of the pandemic, airline officials say.That figure includes an additional 19,000 job losses effective Oct. 1. Those cuts, which were disclosed Tuesday, were in addition to cuts made during the summer.American Airlines officials on Tuesday unveiled details of the job losses, which are spelled out in an 8-K form filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 8-K form is required of publicly traded companies to ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Delta plans to furlough nearly 2,000 pilots in October
ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines said Monday it plans to furlough 1,941 of its pilots in October amid a steep decline in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.That is fewer than the more than 2,500 pilots Delta warned earlier could be furloughed. The Atlanta-based airline said there have been more early retirements than expected, allowing it to return 600 pilots to active status.Still, the latest plan would trim about one-seventh of Delta’s pilot staffing, underscoring the slow recovery in air traffic. Restrictions on furloughs tied to federal airline rescue funding end Sept. 30.Delta had been attem...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution