Airlines get a lift from cargo business, but they're still struggling

Mar 3, 2021
Demand for air cargo is back to pre-pandemic levels, but passenger loads are nowhere close.
Americans are buying a lot of stuff these days, which is pushing up demand for air cargo.
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United, weighed down by losses, aims to nimbly navigate COVID storm

Jan 21, 2021
The airline expects first-quarter operating revenue to shrink as much as 70% from the same period two years ago.
A closed United Airlines kiosk at San Francisco International in July. The carrier and its industry have been piling up losses.
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Airlines get relief funds, but travel rebound may take a while

Dec 29, 2020
The measure includes money that will allow the airline industry to bring back furloughed workers through March.
A pilot walks through New York's LaGuardia Airport on Dec. 3.
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For the United Airlines CEO, the top job means "taking care of people"

Dec 14, 2020
Scott Kirby talks about taking the helm at a major airline during the height of the pandemic.
"Almost everything that I've done in the last eight or nine months has been about safety, about health," says United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby. Above, passenger check-in at the United counter at Los Angeles International Airport.
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Will business travel return to normal after the pandemic?

Dec 11, 2020
Those who travel for work make up around 10% of airline passengers, but they account for between half and three-quarters of revenue.
A pilot wears a face covering as he walks through a mostly empty terminal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, May 5, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia.
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U.S. approves return of Boeing's 737 Max airplane

Airlines using Boeing's 737 Max will have to get FAA approval for pilot training programs and complete required maintenance.
The plane had been grounded after a pair of deadly crashes revealed design flaws and trouble in the air certification process.
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Flying soon? That middle seat might be occupied

Nov 3, 2020
More airlines are starting to sell middle seats to increase capacity on their flights.
Passengers board a flight in Lima, Peru, in July. Southwest Airlines said keeping its middle seats open cost the company $20 million in September alone.
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Airlines add routes to beach and ski destinations, cut back on others

Oct 27, 2020
With international and business travel way down, airlines are adding more flights to domestic leisure spots.
U.S. airlines have added new routes to domestic vacation destinations in hopes of luring more passengers.
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Airlines push for more COVID tests, fewer quarantines to get more people traveling

Airlines believe the fear of sitting next to an infected passenger and 14-day mandatory quarantines are keeping more people from flying.
Travelers stand at an information desk to ask about the free-of-charge COVID-19 testing station at Düsseldorf International Airport on October 19, 2020.
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Airlines are burning a lot of cash — so what does that mean?

Oct 12, 2020
Expenses don’t go away just because people aren’t flying.
An employee disinfects an airplane at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Virginia in July. Airlines are burning cash because there are still expenses, regardless if people are flying.
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