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July 4, 2020, 2:14 AM

American and 4 other airlines reach loan agreements with US

Five airlines including American Airlines have reached tentative agreements for new loans from the government to help them survive the virus pandemic
July 4, 2020, 2:14 AM
American and 4 other airlines reach loan agreements with US
July 4, 2020, 12:57 AM

Airlines see busiest travel day since March

Air travel is still down significantly, with more travelers choosing to drive rather than fly -- in some areas, traffic is worse than before the pandemic.
July 4, 2020, 12:57 AM
Airlines see busiest travel day since March
July 3, 2020, 6:32 PM

Virus-hammered Air France announces 7,500 job cuts

Air France and regional subsidiary Hop have announced 7,500 job cuts after the virus pandemic grounded most flights and darkened prospects for future air travel
July 3, 2020, 6:32 PM
Virus-hammered Air France discussing thousands of job cuts
June 27, 2020, 6:33 PM

Airlines booking to capacity

At least two major airlines said they will book flights to full capacity.
June 27, 2020, 6:33 PM
Airlines booking to capacity
June 27, 2020, 10:25 AM

2 major airlines go back to full capacity flights

American Airlines and United told ABC News that all seats are up for sale as soon as July 1 as increased cleaning procedures, air filters and mask policies remain in place.
June 27, 2020, 10:25 AM
2 major airlines go back to full capacity flights
June 19, 2020, 2:12 PM

Airline bans passenger who refused to wear mask

American Airlines has now banned political activist Brandon Straka in the first reported ban since major U.S. airlines stepped up enforcement of face coverings.
June 19, 2020, 2:12 PM
Airline bans passenger who refused to wear mask
June 18, 2020, 9:15 PM

American Airlines bans activist who was kicked off plane for refusing to wear mask

American Airlines bans activist who was kicked off plane for refusing to wear a mask
June 18, 2020, 9:15 PM
American Airlines bans activist who was kicked off plane for refusing to wear mask
June 17, 2020, 12:44 PM

Airlines may ban passengers who refuse to wear masks

Airlines may ban passengers who refuse to wear masks
June 17, 2020, 12:44 PM
Airlines may ban passengers who refuse to wear masks
June 17, 2020, 4:18 AM

Airlines to enforce face masks

A new mandate from the airline industry is stepping up rules on face masks and multiple employees expressed wanting the federal government to step in.
June 17, 2020, 4:18 AM
Airlines to enforce face masks
1 month ago

Black flight attendant unknowingly has emotional discussion on race with white airline CEO

A black Southwest Airlines flight attendant was moved to tears during a discussion on race with one passenger who later identified himself as the American Airlines CEO.
1 month ago
Black flight attendant unknowingly has emotional discussion on race with airline CEO
1 month ago

Virus has been 'very devastating' for many African airlines

African airlines had been piling on debt long before the pandemic but government bailouts allowed them to limp on for years
1 month ago
Virus has been 'very devastating' for many African airlines
1 month ago

Pakistani girl dies of her injuries from Karachi plane crash

A hospital official says a Pakistani girl who was critically injured on the ground when a passenger plane went down in a crowded neighborhood in the port city of Karachi last month has died at a hospital
1 month ago
Girl dies of her injuries from Karachi plane crash
1 month ago

Long-haul carrier Emirates says it fires staff amid virus

Dubai’s long-haul carrier Emirates says it fired an undisclosed number of employees as the coronavirus pandemic has halted global aviation
1 month ago
Long-haul carrier Emirates says it fires staff amid virus
1 month ago

$10 billion bailout for Germany's Lufthansa passes hurdle

German flagship airline Lufthansa has agreed to a compromise worked out between the government and European Union, overcoming a major hurdle toward final approval of a 9 billion-euro ($10 billion) bailout from Berlin
1 month ago
$10 billion bailout for Germany's Lufthansa passes hurdle
1 month ago

Airbus experts probe plane crash that killed 97 in Pakistan

Pakistan says Airbus experts have opened a probe into last week’s plane crash that killed 97 people when an Airbus A320 went down in a crowded neighborhood near the airport in the port city of Karachi
1 month ago
Airbus experts probe plane crash that killed 97 in Pakistan
1 month ago

At least 1 survivor in Pakistani airliner crash: Official

A plane in Pakistan crashed Friday. An official said at least one person survived.
1 month ago
At least 1 survivor in Pakistani airliner crash: Official
2 months ago

EasyJet reveals 'sophisticated' hack of customer details

U.K.-based budget airline easyJet says that “highly sophisticated” hackers have accessed the email address and travel details of approximately 9 million customers
2 months ago
2 months ago

Cash strapped Thai Airways to seek bankruptcy rehabilitation

Thailand’s government spokeswoman says flag carrier Thai Airways International will file a rehabilitation plan with the country’s Central Bankruptcy Court
2 months ago
Cash strapped Thai Airways to seek bankruptcy rehabilitation
2 months ago

Federal authorities warn airlines to refund customers for canceled flights

Boeing's CEO said the company could go out of business because of the coronavirus pandemic.
2 months ago
Federal authorities warn airlines to refund customers for canceled flights
2 months ago

Overcrowding concerns on planes

Passengers on two carriers posted pictures of their flights that appeared to lack social distancing. ABC News' Ines de La Cuetara reports.
2 months ago
Overcrowding concerns on planes
2 months ago

Relatives of Germanwings victims seek compensation for crash

A court in Germany is considering demands for compensation brought against Lufthansa by eight people who lost loved ones in the crash of its budget airline Germanwings five years ago
2 months ago
Relatives of Germanwings victims seek compensation for crash
2 months ago

Frontier Airlines to require temperature screenings prior to boarding

Starting June 1, the carrier said it will use touchless thermometers and those with a temperature 100.4 degrees or higher will be denied boarding in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.
2 months ago
Frontier Airlines to require temperature screenings prior to boarding
2 months ago

Frontier rescinds plan to charge passengers extra to guarantee empty middle seat

Frontier's decision came after Democratic lawmakers expressed concerns.
2 months ago
Frontier rescinds plan to charge passengers extra to guarantee empty middle seat
2 months ago

Airlines working to ensure thousands of parked planes are ready to fly again

The number of air travelers is down more than 90% in the U.S. due to COVID-19 pandemic, according to the TSA -- but U.S. airlines are gearing up.
2 months ago
Airlines working to ensure thousands of parked planes are ready to fly again
2 months ago

Airline nosedive: American, United post huge pandemic losses

American Airlines and United Airlines between them lost nearly $4 billion in the first quarter, as the new coronavirus triggered a steep drop in air travel
2 months ago
American Airlines posts $2.2 billion loss during pandemic
2 months ago

For imperiled airlines, it keeps getting worse

It doesn't seem like things could get worse for U
2 months ago
2 months ago

Norwegian Air shareholders agree to rescue deal

A majority of shareholders in low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle has approved a plan to rescue the company by swapping their equity for debt, in a move required to get state loan guarantees
2 months ago
2 months ago

United Airlines executive explains new safety measures

Josh Earnest talks to “GMA” about the new requirements for travelers in the wake of coronavirus and what customers can expect when they board the plane.
2 months ago
United Airlines executive explains new safety measures
2 months ago

Southwest requiring passengers to wear face masks

The number of people flying in the U.S. is down 93% from last year but the numbers are slowly increasing.
2 months ago
Southwest requiring passengers to wear face masks
2 months ago

Airlines changing policies as traveler numbers rise

Jetblue will require all passengers wear masks on a plane and American said it would block half of all main cabin middle seats.
2 months ago
Airlines changing policies as traveler numbers rise
2 months ago

Pandemic exposes gaps in travel insurance coverage

The limitations of travel insurance have been brought into stark relief during the coronavirus pandemic
2 months ago
2 months ago

JetBlue becomes first U.S. airline to require passengers wear face coverings

JetBlue is first U.S. airline to require passengers wear face coverings.
2 months ago
JetBlue becomes first U.S. airline to require passengers wear face coverings
2 months ago

Flight too close for comfort?

Gio Benitez reports on a crowded flight that's raising concerns about social distancing at 30,000 feet.
2 months ago
Flight too close for comfort?
2 months ago

Airlines making major changes to how we fly

United has become the first major U.S. airline requiring flight attendants to wear face coverings.
2 months ago
Airlines making major changes to how we fly
2 months ago

Sole passenger on Southwest flight joins crew in #ComeAroundMeChallenge

A Southwest flight to Oakland used the extra elbow room to dance to Justin Bieber.
2 months ago
Sole passenger on Southwest flight joins crew in #ComeAroundMeChallenge
3 months ago

Major airlines line up to split $25 billion in payroll aid

The Treasury Department has reached agreements in principle with the major U.S. airlines for federal aid to pay workers and keep them employed through September
3 months ago
3 months ago

Battle over flight refunds

A new class-action lawsuit seeks full refunds, not vouchers, for flights canceled due to COVID-19.
3 months ago
Battle over flight refunds
3 months ago

Airbus asked to cancel contract; Japan offers stimulus

The founder and top shareholder of European airline easyJet says the company has enough money only to get through August as it struggles with the global lockdowns on business and travel
3 months ago
Airbus asked to cancel contract
3 months ago

Dubai throws Emirates Air a cash lifeline as travel grounded

Dubai's government says it will inject equity into Emirates airlines as the Middle East's largest carrier has grounded nearly all of its flights at its hub due to coronavirus restrictions on travel
3 months ago
Dubai throws Emirates Air a cash lifeline as travel grounded
3 months ago

Plane carrying medical supplies goes down in Philippines

The plane went down shortly after taking off from Manila, killing all eight passengers on board.
3 months ago
Plane carrying medical supplies goes down in Philippines
3 months ago

Dubai's Emirates cuts passenger flights to 13 destinations

Long-haul carrier Emirates says it has dramatically cut its passenger flight destinations from 145 locations to just 13 countries
3 months ago
Dubai's Emirates cuts passenger flights to 13 destinations
3 months ago

Airline execs seeking $58 billion warn Congress 'time is running out'

U.S. airlines made one last plea to House and Senate leaders on Saturday.
3 months ago
Airline execs seeking $58 billion warn Congress 'time is running out'
4 months ago

Airlines slash flights, freeze hiring as virus cuts travel

Airlines are slashing flights and freezing hiring as they experience a sharp drop in bookings and a rise in cancellations in the face of the spreading coronavirus
4 months ago
4 months ago

Ethiopia report blames jet crash mostly on Boeing software

Ethiopian investigators are mostly blaming Boeing for last year’s crash of a 737 Max jet shortly after takeoff, saying in an interim report that there were design failures and inadequate training for pilots
4 months ago
Ethiopia jet crash report likely to blame Boeing and pilots
4 months ago

Flight diverted after 'unruly passenger' attempts to open exit door mid-flight: Witnesses

An American Airlines flight bound for Dallas from Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger tried to open the emergency exit door mid-flight.
4 months ago
Flight diverted after passenger attempts to open exit door mid-flight: Witnesses
4 months ago

Airline mechanic sentenced for sabotaging plane in Miami

He admitted to damaging the American Airlines jet that was carrying 150 people on board so he could get overtime pay to fix it.
4 months ago
Airline mechanic sentenced for sabotaging plane in Miami
4 months ago

Passenger tries to open plane door mid-flight: Witnesses

American Airlines had to divert the Dallas-bound flight to St. Louis, where the unidentified man was detained and removed.
4 months ago
Passenger tries to open plane door mid-flight: Witnesses
4 months ago

External battery fire forces emergency flight landing

The United plane, on its way to Nassau, Bahamas, from New Jersey, landed in Ohio after the crew put out the smoke and fire from the lithium ion batteries.
4 months ago
External battery fire forces emergency flight landing
4 months ago

Deadly plane crash in Texas

Three people were killed in a plane crash Thursday in Coleman County, Texas, Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Fred Biddle said.
4 months ago
Deadly plane crash in Texas
4 months ago

Plane trailed by flames skids down runway at Daytona airport

Video recorded Thursday by a witness shows a plane at Daytona Beach International Airport skidding on its belly down a runway as bright orange flames trail behind it.
4 months ago
Plane trailed by flames skids down runway at Daytona airport