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US aid lifts Southwest to Q1 profit, American loses $1.25B

Apr. 22, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

With a strong push from taxpayers, Southwest Airlines is the first major U.S. airline to report a profit since the pandemic started, and airlines executives say that the worst of the pandemic-caused crisis for their industry appears to be over. Southwest Chairman and CEO...

US airline bailout helps Southwest post $116 million profit

Apr. 22, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines is the first major U.S. airline to report a profit since the pandemic started, as federal payroll aid helped boost the company to net income of $116 million in the first quarter. Without the federal money, Southwest would have lost $1...

United Airlines stock plunges after another big loss

Apr. 20, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

Shares of United Airlines tumbled by 8.5% Tuesday after the airline reported a larger first-quarter loss than expected and suggested that key business and international travel won't recover significantly until next year. United reported a first-quarter loss of $1.36...

Boeing extends CEO's term, chief financial officer to leave

Apr. 20, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

Boeing's board of directors raised the mandatory retirement age for CEO David Calhoun from 65 to 70 just days after he turned 64. The board’s vote of confidence for Calhoun comes as Boeing continues to struggle to recover from two crashes of its best-selling airliner...

United loses $1.36 billion as business travel remains weak

Apr. 19, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

United Airlines posted a $1.36 billion loss in the first quarter and will need a rebound in lucrative business and international travel before it returns to profitability. The loss reported Monday would have been even wider without federal payroll aid, but it was still...

A jab on the job: Companies, unions offer COVID-19 vaccines

Apr. 19, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

Marie Watson wanted to be among the first in line when she and other essential workers became eligible for the coronavirus vaccine — and with good reason. The maintenance parts buyer for a Mission Foods tortilla plant in Pueblo, Colorado, had lost her father to...

2 passengers sue United Airlines over engine explosion

Apr. 16, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Two passengers who were aboard a United Airlines flight that had to make an emergency landing after one of its engines blew apart and sent debris raining down on Colorado neighborhoods sued the company Friday. In separate lawsuits filed in Chicago, where...

A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar

Apr. 15, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

Delta Air Lines lost $1.2 billion in the first quarter, more than expected, but executives said Thursday that the airline could be profitable by late summer if the budding recovery in air travel continues. CEO Ed Bastian said Thursday that ticket sales have been stronger...

German airlines, rail company aim to reduce domestic flights

Apr. 15, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's airline industry and main rail company said Thursday they aim to encourage more people to switch from planes to trains for domestic routes, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The German Aviation Association and Deutsche Bahn signed an agreement...

Study finds that blocking seats on planes reduces virus risk

Apr. 14, 2021 21:41 PM EDT

A new study says leaving middle seats open could give airline passengers more protection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Researchers said the risk of passengers being exposed to the virus from an infected person on the plane could be reduced by 23% to 57% if middle...