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Aviation Industry Updates: August 11, 2020

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Scope Kicks In | United Plans Removal of RJ Seats

KEY POINTS:

  • United Airlines began promoting three different seat maps for their Embraer 175 Regional Jet online.
  • The website shows, “the aircraft’s normal 76-seat, three-class configuration. Two other diagrams show a maximum of 70 seats, in two different three-class configurations.”
  • “That contract [ALPA CBA] requires United to “convert” 76-seat aircraft to 70-seat aircraft if it is forced to furlough pilots hired prior to when the contract was signed, a move that could diminish the economics of the jets.”
  • “We have the engineering being worked on right now, and we will have them removed by October 1”

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Aviation Industry Updates: August 4, 2020

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United Threatens 3,900 Furloughs and Concessions | Will Other Carriers Follow Suit?

You’ve seen the headlines, some places even reported it as actual WARN letters, but where did the United Airlines 3,900 furlough number come from? Bryan Quigley, United’s Senior Vice President of Flight Operations at United Airlines addressed the Flight Ops Team on Thursday, July 30. To date, United has notified 2,250 pilots, however, in this recent memo Mr. Quigley is making it clear that the situation could worsen. Read More

Aviation Industry Updates: July 28, 2020

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US Airlines Brace For Volatility in Second Half of 2020 | Who’s Going To Fail?

KEY POINTS:

  • “We think it will take domestic traffic three to five years to recover to 2019 levels, and international traffic five to seven years to recover,” says Helane Becker, senior research analyst who covers aviation for Cowen Securities, “especially if the virus remains uncontained.”

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Aviation Industry Updates: July 21, 2020

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Delta Pushes Concessions To Save Jobs | Bait & Switch or Furlough Mitigation?

Delta decreased their plans for recovery this summer; cutting its growth forecast from 1,000 flights added per day to 500 daily in August. According to John Laughter “demand is still down about 80%, and we don’t expect to see measurable improvement until the U.S. infection rates fall again. We’ve pulled back some of the additional flying we had on the August schedule and don’t foresee adding much back through the remainder of the year.” Read More

Aviation Industry Updates: July 5, 2020

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Airline Recovery Slower Than Expected | Who’s Winning? Who’s Losing?

KEY POINTS:

  • “The recent uptick in coronavirus cases in the U.S. has many wondering about the economic impact of the continuing pandemic, especially how it plays out for the travel industry.”
  • “Goldman Sachs now expects the recovery in air travel to take at least an extra year — to 2023 instead of 2022 — to return to 2019 levels, according to the latest update to the firm’s COVID-19 recovery forecast”

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Aviation Industry Updates: June 28, 2020

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Delta Preparing to WARN 2,558 Pilots | Just Another Negotiating Tactic?

This past Friday (June 26) Delta Air Lines and DAL ALPA released LOA #20-02, “2020 Voluntary Early Out Program (VEOP)” to “incentivize pilots to retire in lieu of a possible involuntary reduction in pilots.”

In a separate memo from Director of Flight Operations, John Laughter, he reiterates his message from previous communications “early retirements alone likely won’t be enough to avoid pilot furloughs altogether.” Read More