The airline said in a statement Friday: “We’ll continue to study this issue, but our current standard is for flight crews to wear face covering and to follow other important procedures such as frequent hand washing as the most effective ways to stay safe.” … [Read more...] about American Airlines Flight Attendant Clashes With Airline Over Choice To Wear Face Shield
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A flight attendant employed by American Airlines is criticizing the carrier for forbidding stewards from wearing face shields during flights. The woman claims the carrier said that the personal protective equipment (PPE) does not meet the carrier's “image standards” and could make passengers feel uncomfortable. American, meanwhile, cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance in making the decision, and described the situation as evolving. … [Read more...] about American Airlines flight attendant criticizes carrier for banning face shields during flights
Mnuchin has only used $37.5 billion out of a $454 billion fund to backstop central bank emergency lending, though $195 billion has been committed for use. A Main Street lending facility that Congress asked the Federal Reserve to launch to support small and medium-sized companies is still not operational even as businesses lay off workers, shutter and eye bankruptcy. The Paycheck Protection Program for smaller companies has been riddled with glitches, and now needs to be fixed to extend the relief. … [Read more...] about Covid-19: US airlines leave $29 billion aid fund untapped in bet on rebound
(Reuters) - The top three U.S. airlines, hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, are rolling out fresh programs to induce tens of thousands of employees to accept voluntary leave or early retirement in the hope of avoiding widespread furloughs in the fall, company memos show. … [Read more...] about U.S. major airlines roll out more options to avoid staff layoffs
Notwithstanding the government’s decision to resume air traffic in the country, demand for commercial airlines is least likely to revive anytime soon given the impact of the pandemic on leisure travel and fast adoption of technologies that enable remote working for enterprises. In addition, analysts believe that the government’s stance to cap ticket prices will affect the sector’s profitability since airlines would be unable to cover fixed costs. According to industry trackers, after resuming services amid a nationwide lockdown that has lasted beyond two months, airlines will largely have to cater to the stranded passengers for at least the first 15 days. Once this phase is over, they may face demand slump owing to two factors. First, the rapid spread of Covid-19 has affected leisure travel, which constitutes a large part of total travel spending. Second, technological services such as videoconferencing, digital applications and frequent use of webinars for … [Read more...] about Can airlines weather the Covid storm?