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AFA, Delta Spar Over Covid Policies

The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and Delta Air Lines are engaged in a public he-said-she-said over the federal government’s shortening of recommended quarantines from 10 days to five for employees that test positive for Covid-19. Delta’s chief lawyer sent...

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Vaccine, Mask Mandates Are Flash Points in Senate Hearing

U.S. airline CEOs last week agreed that federal mask mandates were no longer needed during a contentious Senate hearing that veered off its mission of evaluating federal payroll support for the industry. "The case is very strong that masks don't...

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Regionals Grapple With Staffing Challenges

U.S. airline employment rose less than half-a-percent to 722,587 employees in October compared to September as the industry continues to slowly staff back up to meet passenger demand. However, regional carriers saw their staffing numbers drop by nearly 1 percent...

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United CEO Says The Pilot Shortage Is Here

Regional affiliates of American Airlines and United Airlines are taking drastic measures to attract pilots amid an increasingly dire pilot shortage in the U.S. A shortage that has prompted United to cut service to at least nine smaller cities and may limit...

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Alaska’s Pilots Ask For More Benefits as Pandemic Recedes

Talks between Alaska Airlines and its pilots union took a turn when the pilots asked management to bring their benefits up to par with crews at competing airlines. The development is the latest chapter in negotiations that have run for...

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Southwest’s Meltdown

As last week went on, Southwest Airlines began to climb out an operational meltdown that started during the Indigenous Peoples' Day weekend, after cancelling close to 2,000 flights in a three-day period starting. The carrier said a combination of bad...

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American and Southwest Pilots Claim Privileged Status From Vaccine Mandates

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines' pilots unions, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) and Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), have separately requested exemptions from President Joe Biden's Covid-19 vaccine mandates the citing the “unique” health standards commercial pilots are held to...

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Norse Atlantic Continues Charm Offensive, and Union Sues JetBlue

Norse Atlantic Airways has struck its latest deal with a union. The carrier, which has yet to take its first flight, has sought to fend of the labor challenges that bedeviled Norwegian Air, through a charm offensive with unions. Earlier...

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Piedmont Cabin Crew to Vote on Strike Authorization

American Airlines regional carrier Piedmont could have a strike on its hands, if its flight attendants vote to authorize a labor action next month. Piedmont's flight attendants are expected to vote on whether to authorize a strike next month after...

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House Likely to Vote on ‘Flag of Convenience’ Bill

The full U.S. House of Representatives could vote on a bill to bar what it calls "flags of convenience" airlines from seeking to fly to the U.S., after the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee approved the measure at the end...

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Ryanair Needs Pilots

Pilots at Alaska Air Group-subsidiary Horizon Air have approved an amended accord that includes wage increases designed to attract new crews. The regional airline has 800 pilots and flies de Havilland Dash 8-400s and Embraer E175s for Alaska. Horizon Air...

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Breeze Urges DOT to Dismiss Unions’ Complaints

Breeze Airways fired back against unions and defended its controversial flight attendant hiring plans in the latest salvo of a war of words waged in the dockets between the startup airline and organized labor. In a filing this week, Breeze...

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