US pilot union calls for extension of airline financial aid

Pilot union Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) has again called on the US Congress to extend its payroll support programme (PSP) another six months beyond the original expiry date of 30 September. Writing the US House of Representatives on 21 July, ALPA president Joe DePete notes that airlines represent about 5% of the nation’s gross…

Boeing customers cancelled 60 Max orders in June

Some 373 orders for the 737 Max have been scrapped this year as pandemic complicates troubled jet’s comeback. Boeing Co.’s order stockpile shrank further last month as more airlines and lessors backed out of commitments for the grounded 737 Max jetliner in a market devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. The planemaker recorded 60 Max cancellations…

JetBlue founder will bring new airline, Breeze Aviation, to Minneapolis

Breeze Aviation, a new airline launched by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, plans to acquire the operating certificate from defunct Compass Airlines, a key step in beginning operations based in the Twin Cities. Bloomberg reports on the effort by Breeze, which together with Compass submitted an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to transfer Compass’ license. (You…

Airline passengers are finding ‘creative ways’ to remove masks, American pilot says

American Airlines pilot Dennis Tajer has taken several flights during the coronavirus pandemic, both in the cockpit and as a union official, and has noticed something unsettling lately: passengers removing their masks for more than eating or drinking. “We’re starting to see people take creative ways on the aircraft of temporary relief from wearing the masks,”…

‘A gut punch’: United Airlines to lay off up to 36,000 U.S. employees in October as travel remains depressed

United Airlines warned employees for months that mass layoffs loomed if travel didn’t rebound, and the airline put a grim face on the expected tally Wednesday. In a memo to employees, the Chicago-based airline said 36,000 employees, or 45% of its front-line workers in the USA and more than a third of its overall workforce of 95,000,…