Alaska Airlines consolidates routes, adds tag flights to maintain service to all its destinations

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Alaska Airlines is going back to the future to maintain its route network, dusting off the old strategy of tagging 12 destinations together to maintain service to all of its cities as the novel coronavirus pandemic takes a bite out of demand. The carrier will end nonstop service between its Seattle (SEA) base and six …

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Unprecedented: Lufthansa is flying 5 A380s and 5 747s to New Zealand

Written by Daniel Ross @ The Points Guy

Travelers who have found themselves stuck outside of their home countries are frantically trying to get back. airlines are stepping up and flying special repatriation flights on routes to destinations that they might never have been to before. On March 26, German giant Lufthansa flew a Boeing 747 to Auckland (AKL) for the first time …

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Private-jet operators are offering lower prices, thanks to the bailout

Written by Alberto Riva @ The Points Guy

One surprising consequence of the airline bailout: Private-jet operators are offering lower prices. U.S. airlines are not the only beneficiaries of the aid package meant to save them from going under as the coronavirus crisis obliterates demand. Other operators in the aviation sector, including private-jet companies, benefit from the $2 trillion rescue package meant to …

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United Airlines may resume limited China flights, the first suspended due to the coronavirus

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

United Airlines is considering resuming limited passenger service to Shanghai as China begins to recover from the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Star Alliance carrier is “looking at the possibility” of resuming once-weekly service to Shanghai Pudong (PVG), United senior vice president of flight operations Bryan Quigley told pilots in a memo on April 4 viewed …

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Delta joins American and United in slashing New York network

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Delta has joined the other legacy U.S. carriers in significantly reducing its footprint in the New York metro area for April. The Atlanta-based airline is reducing schedules at all three airports even more than expected this month, making the new round of cuts as New York City emerges as a hotspot in the nation’s battle …

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How long will US airlines’ cash last? Between 4 months and a year, analyst says

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

U.S. airlines have enough cash, on average, to survive nearly eight months before they face the prospect of bankruptcy or worse, a new report from Raymond James finds. The industry has enough cash to cover its bills — in other words cash-on-hand minus how much an airline must spend daily — for an average of …

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American Airlines down to just 13 daily flights from NYC

Written by Ben Mutzabaugh @ The Points Guy

American Airlines is slashing its schedule to New York City, suspending most of its flights at all three local airports. With the schedule cuts, American will fly just 13 daily round-trip flights combined across JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports during a temporary schedule that begins Tuesday, April 7, and runs through May 6. American’s decision …

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How will airlines rebuild their route maps after the coronavirus?

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

The sun is streaming through the windows and over rows of chairs. Several people are seated. One is reading, another looks at a phone. A teenager wears headphones to drown out the world. A plane sits outside, several more tails visible in the distance. A gate agent calls passengers for Flight 123 to New York. …

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American, Delta, United among first applicants for coronavirus aid

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Multiple U.S. airlines have submitted the first set of applications for the $25 billion in grants available to airlines under the government’s CARES Act that aims to offset some of the economic toll the novel coronavirus pandemic has taken on the industry. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines — the nation’s three largest …

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DOT to airlines: Refunds are not optional for canceled flights

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

The Department of Transportation issued a stark message to airlines that serve the U.S. Friday, reminding carriers that they must provide cash refunds to travelers whose flights are canceled by the airline. Even the title of the missive was weighty. In its “enforcement notice,” the DOT said “carriers have a longstanding obligation to provide a …

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United Airlines says revenue is down by $100M a day because of coronavirus

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Daily revenues at United Airlines have plummeted along with passenger numbers as travelers heed warnings to “flatten the curve” and stay home amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Chicago-based carrier’s revenue is down by “over $100 million a day” as planes fly with around just 15% of seats filled this week, United president Scott Kirby …

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American Airlines’ summer schedule rebounds in some hubs, but not all

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

American Airlines sees a glimmer of light even as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, unveiling plans to resume some suspended flights and put grounded planes back in the air this summer. The schedule improvements begin in May with some connectivity restored at the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier’s main hubs despite capacity being down …

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US senators push for full refunds — not vouchers — for canceled flights

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Travelers around the globe have had travel plans upended by the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to widespread stay-at-home orders and even broader national travel restrictions as countries try to limit the spread of COVID-19. For air travelers, cancellations and postponed trips have become the rule of the day. Airlines were quick to roll out …

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There were only 6 Airbus A380s airborne in the entire world today

Written by Alberto Riva @ The Points Guy

The coronavirus pandemic is doing strange things to commercial aviation. One of the most evident effects of the crisis is that airlines fly only a fraction of the flights they ran before the pandemic erupted — and that’s clear at a glance when looking at flight-tracker sites. On Wednesday morning, Flightradar24 showed that there were …

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Royal Air Maroc is officially Oneworld’s newest member

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Royal Air Maroc joined the Oneworld alliance on Tuesday, the culmination of a nearly two-year process will see it become the alliance’s only African member. The Moroccan carrier’s membership was effective April 1, confirmed Oneworld spokesperson Ghim-Lay Yeo. The airline adds around 34 destinations, primarily in Africa, to the alliance’s network. Royal Air Maroc’s entry …

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Could Trans States Airlines closure buy time for other US regionals?

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Trans States Airlines officially closed its doors when flight UA4695 landed in Denver from Springfield/Branson, Missouri, arriving several minutes late at 10:38 a.m. local time Tuesday. The United Airlines affiliate owes its early closure — it was due to shut down in December — to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The collapse in demand for air …

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The retired American Airlines 767s are being turned into cargo planes

Written by Alberto Riva @ The Points Guy

The Boeing 767s that American Airlines is retiring early because of the coronavirus pandemic won’t be grounded for long. They’re getting a new lease on life as all-cargo jets. The first is on its way to Israel today to be converted from passenger to freighter. Flight-tracking site Flightradar24 showed on Tuesday that the 767 bearing …

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Airlines will have to meet these schedule requirements to get coronavirus aid

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

When Congress passed a $50 billion aid package for airlines last week, the legislation suggested that carriers would be required to maintain a minimum level of service as a condition of receiving that aid. On Tuesday, the Department of Transportation announced more details about exactly what would be expected of airlines. Sign up for the …

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