United furlough warnings could be the tea leaves for the airline industry

Jul 9, 2020
United Airlines warned 36,000 employees Wednesday that they could be furloughed in October.
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Major airline CEOs to arrive at White House Friday for meeting on COVID-19 issues

On the agenda: concerns around checking passengers' temperatures and contact tracing.
The numbers show that only about half a million Americans are flying every day. That’s one-fifth the normal amount for the early summer.
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Airlines are tweaking frequent-flyer programs to keep customers loyal after lockdown

May 5, 2020
The last thing airlines want is for customers who fly business class to opt for rival carriers.
Airlines haven't had to pay much attention to loyalty programs in recent years because demand for flying has been high. That's going to change.
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Airlines can't recover until people start traveling like normal

Apr 24, 2020
Delta's CEO said it could be three years before the company sees a sustainable recovery.
A Southwest Airlines flight takes off as United Airlines planes sit parked on a runway at Denver International Airport.
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Airlines face their 'darkest time' because of COVID-19

Apr 21, 2020
The government has started aid payments to airlines, but it will only keep them going for so long.
Demand for air travel has taken a nosedive amid the coronavirus lockdown.
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Airlines, Treasury Department strike deal for $25 billion bailout

Apr 15, 2020
The deal comes with strings attached: For one thing, 30% of the money is going to have to be paid back.
Ten major airlines have signed onto the deal.
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Airlines hit by COVID-19 start applying for government aid

Apr 3, 2020
The government is making $50 billion available in loans and grants.
United, Delta and American have parked almost their entire international fleets, and domestically will fly about 60% to 70% fewer flights than at this time in 2019.
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What happens if air-traffic controllers come down with COVID-19?

Mar 26, 2020
Cases of the disease have been reported in a handful of air traffic control sites around the U.S.
What happens if crucial air traffic controllers get COVID-19?
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COVID-19 stimulus proposals revive stock buyback debate

Mar 20, 2020
The big U.S. airlines spent almost all of their free cash flow buying back their own shares in the last decade. Now they want government aid.
Sen. Chuck Schumer said U.S. airlines are short on cash because "they spent billions on stock buybacks."
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Airlines are bracing for more coronavirus disruption

Mar 4, 2020
IATA, which speaks for airlines, wants them to be released from minimum airport usage requirements.
Passengers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 as they arrive at LAX airport on Feb. 29.
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