American Airlines on Monday said it will apply for government aid to soften the blow from a record drop in travel demand. The carrier is also offering partial pay to entice workers off its payroll. The Fort Worth-based airline said it expects about $12 billion of the $50 billion set aside for airlines in a sweeping coronavirus relief bill Congress passed last week.
A Spanish court has called budget airline Ryanair’s policy of charging a fee for hand luggage “excessive” after a passenger was fined for taking a carry-on bag without a special ticket. The passenger was forced to pay a €20 (£17) fine to bring her 10kg luggage on board. Ryanair allows only small bags as hand luggage if they can be stowed beneath the seat in front.
At least 37 people were injured on board an Air Canada flight after the plane hit severe turbulence and had to make an emergency landing. The plane, carrying 284 passengers and crew, was traveling from Vancouver to Sydney but was diverted to Hawaii. Passengers reported the cabin being bloodied and dented from passengers hitting the ceiling of the aircraft.
Air Canada is looking into how crew members could have disembarked from a plane without noticing a sleeping passenger who was left behind. The airline was responding to an incident involving a woman who described waking up “all alone” on a “cold dark” aircraft after a flight from Quebec to Toronto earlier this month. The airline confirmed the incident took place but declined to comment on its disembarking procedures or how the passenger may have been overlooked.
India’s debt-stricken Jet Airways has announced the suspension of all operations after failing to secure emergency funding from lenders. The carrier, saddled with roughly $1.2bn of bank debt, has been teetering for weeks after failing to receive a stopgap loan of about $217m from its lenders as part of a rescue deal agreed in late March. Without the funding, the airline would not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep operations going. The company, which until November was India’s second-biggest airline by market share, employs more than 20,000 people.
Six employees were fired from Ryanair after they allegedly staged photos of themselves sleeping on the floor of Malaga Airport in Spain when weather issues forced them to stay overnight. Ryanair later released footage of the employees getting into position for the photos. The airline said the crew’s behavior ‘damaged their employer’s reputation.’
Human remains were found in the wreckage of the Horizon Air plane that crashed on Friday after being stolen and flown by an airport worker. The 29-year-old worker Richard Russell acted alone and was thought to be suicidal. No one else was believed to be on the plane. The crash raises airport security concerns.
The engine of a Southwest Airlines plane flying from New York to Dallas exploded in midair on Tuesday killing one woman and injuring seven others. This incident marked the first time since 2009 a passenger died on a US airline. The National Transport Safety Board said one of the engine’s 24 fan blades was missing.
Iceland’s low cost carrier Wow Air has canceled all flights and told passengers to book with other airlines. Its website has a travel alert that begins: “Wow Air has ceased operation. All Wow Air flights have been canceled.” The alert said people who wanted to travel should now look for “so-called rescue fares” which may now be offered by rival airlines. A fall in tourist visits to Iceland and rising fuel costs had been cited as headwinds to profitability. The airline had also suffered poor customer reviews and was particularly criticized over recurring delays.
Pilot Tammy Jo Schults is being called an ‘American hero’ with ‘nerves of steel’ after she completed an emergency landing of a Southwest Airlines flight where one engine exploded on Tuesday. Captain Shults was one of the first female pilots in the US Navy. Southwest Airlines announced they will be expediting their engine inspection program.