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People stand in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Shares are mostly higher in quiet trading as China closes down for its week-long Lunar New Year festival. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian markets gain as China closes down for Lunar New Year

Jan. 24, 2020 12:08 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading on Friday in Asia as China began a week-long Lunar New Year festival that is being overshadowed by the outbreak of a new virus that has killed 25 people and sickened more than 800. Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose less than 0.1% to 23,811.54 and in...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo Southwest pilots prepare for a flight at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Southwest Airlines Co. reports financial results Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

Grounded Boeing jet holds back profits, growth at airlines

Jan. 23, 2020 4:00 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The three big U.S. airlines that own Boeing 737 Max jets don’t expect the grounded plane back in their fleets until after the the peak summer travel season, and that promises to lead to thousands more canceled flights and higher costs well into another year. On Thursday, American...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo Oscar the cat, who is not a service animal, sits in his carry on travel bag after arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Industry officials believe many that hundreds of thousands of passengers scam the system each year by claiming they need their pet for emotional support. Those people avoid airline pet fees, which Oscar's owners paid. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

New rules could bump emotional-support animals from planes

Jan. 22, 2020 6:18 PM EST

The days of passengers bringing their pets on airplanes as emotional-support animals could be ending. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed that only specially trained dogs qualify as service animals, which must be allowed in the cabin at no charge. Airlines could ban emotional-support...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo workers walk near a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max airplane parked at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. Southwest Airlines said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, that it has taken the grounded Boeing 737 Max out of its schedule until early June and is dropping more than 8% of its planned flights as a result. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Southwest joins rivals in again delaying Boeing jet's return

Jan. 16, 2020 2:56 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said Thursday it has taken the grounded Boeing 737 Max out of its schedule until early June and is dropping more than 8% of its planned flights as a result. With the moves, Southwest joined rivals in acknowledging that the plane won't be ready before the start of the peak...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, an United Airlines Boeing 737 Max airplane takes off in the rain at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. Boeing said Tuesday, Jan, 7, 2020, it is recommending that pilots receive training in a flight simulator before the grounded 737 Max returns to flying, a reversal of the company's long-held position that computer-based training alone was adequate. The 737 Max has been grounded worldwide since last March after two crashes killed 346 people. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Boeing now saying pilots need simulator training for 737 Max

Jan. 7, 2020 5:57 PM EST

Boeing said Tuesday it is recommending that pilots receive training in a flight simulator before the grounded 737 Max returns to flying, a reversal of the company's long-held position that computer-based training alone was adequate. The recommendation is based on changes to the plane, results from tests involving...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, a Boeing 737 Max airplane being built for Norwegian Air International turns as it taxis for take off for a test flight at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. Boeing faces a growing checklist of items it could be forced to fix before federal safety officials let the grounded 737 Max airliner fly again. The Federal Aviation Administration recently asked Boeing to review all possible ramifications of the changes it is making on the plane. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Boeing's checklist of 737 Max fixes grows with wiring issue

Jan. 6, 2020 5:47 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The list of items Boeing could be forced to fix before federal safety officials let the grounded 737 Max airliner fly again has grown to include a problem with electrical wiring used for the plane's controls. Separately on Monday, the financial damage to Boeing from the airplane crisis came...

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, grounded Boeing 737 Max jets belonging to American Airlines are stored at Tulsa International Airport in Tulsa, Okla. American Airlines said Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, it is negotiating with Boeing over compensation for the airline's grounded planes and will share some of the proceeds with its employees. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP, File)

American Airlines vows to share Boeing proceeds with workers

Jan. 2, 2020 7:35 PM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines said Thursday it is negotiating with Boeing Co. over compensation for the airline's grounded planes and expects to share some of the proceeds with employees. American had 24 Boeing 737 Max jets when the planes were grounded worldwide in March after two deadly...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo specialists Anthony Rinaldi, James Denaro and Gregg Maloney, left to right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 27. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

US stocks nearly flat; S&P 500 notches 5th weekly gain

Dec. 27, 2019 5:08 PM EST

Major U.S. stock indexes ended essentially flat Friday after a day of mostly listless trading. Even so, the S&P 500 closed out the week with its fifth straight weekly gain. The benchmark index squeaked out a tiny gain that was good enough for its 35th record high this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo a United Airlines Boeing 737 Max airplane takes off in the rain at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. United Airlines says the Boeing 737 Max has been pulled from its flight schedule until June, the latest in a string of troubling news plaguing the airplane manufacturer. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

United pulls 737 Max until June, adding to Boeing woes

Dec. 20, 2019 4:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — United Airlines says the Boeing 737 Max has been pulled from its flight schedule until June, the latest in a string of troubling news plaguing the airplane manufacturer. The developments follow Boeing's announcement Monday that it would halt Max production in January as it became...

In a May 24, 2019 aerial photo, American Airlines 737 Max are stored at Tulsa International Airport. Boeing Co. said Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 that it will temporarily stop producing its grounded 737 Max jet starting in January 2020 as it struggles to get approval from regulators to put the plane back in the air. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)

Halting 737 Max production will hit suppliers, airlines

Dec. 17, 2019 5:40 PM EST

As Boeing prepares to shutter much of a huge factory near Seattle that builds the grounded 737 Max jet, the economic hit is reverberating across the United States in places such as Wichita, Kansas, Stamford, Connecticut, and Cincinnati. Those cities are home to some of 900 companies worldwide that supply parts...