American Airways London-bound flight turns again to Miami after passenger refuses to put on masks

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American Airlines said a flight bound for London returned to Miami because a passenger refused to comply with the federal mask requirement, the most recent flight disruption over a report of an unruly passenger.

American Airlines Flight 38, a Boeing 777 with 129 passengers and 14 crew overseas returned to Miami after about an hour late Wednesday, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.

The return was “due to a disruptive customer who refused to comply with federal mask requirements,” American said in a statement. “The flight landed safely at MIA, where local law enforcement encountered the plane. We thank our crew for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”

The traveler has been banned from flying with the airline pending an investigation, the airline said. The Miami-Dade Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reports of unruly behavior on planes rose to a record 5,981 last year, with more than 71% linked to disputes over a federal mask mandate that went into effect early last year, although airlines had been demanding it since coronavirus pandemic started.

Some incidents included physical attacks on crews. In October, an American Airlines flight attendant was hospitalized after a passenger allegedly punched her in the face, forcing the cross-country flight to divert.

Airways cancel lots of of Christmas Eve flights as Covid hits crews

A traveler wearing a protective mask waits to board a United Airlines flight at San Francisco International Airport on October 15, 2020.

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Airlines canceled hundreds of Christmas Eve flights as Covid hit crews.

More than 2,000 flights have been canceled worldwide, including more than 500 US flights. United Airlines More than 170 major scheduled flights were canceled on Friday, roughly 9% of the flight schedule, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.

“This week’s nationwide surge in Omicron cases has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operations,” United said in a statement Thursday. “As a result, we unfortunately had to cancel some flights and inform affected customers in advance before they come to the airport.”

The disruption comes after airline executives said they await some of the busiest days since the pandemic began over the year-end holidays, despite the spike in Covid infections fueled by the Omicron variant. The Transportation Security Administration screened nearly 2.2 million people Thursday, up from 846,500 but fewer than 2.5 million who passed TSA checkpoints two years prior to the pandemic.

United said it is trying to rebook as many travelers as possible. She announced most of the cancellations the day before.

U.S. airline executives this week urged officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Relax quarantine guidelines for fully vaccinated people who tested positive for Covid, to five days from the current 10, citing potential staff shortages and flight disruptions. the CDC has relaxed its guidelines for health workers on Thursday.

Delta canceled more than 140 flights, or 7% of its Friday flight schedule, due to bad weather in Salt Lake City and Seattle, two of its hubs, and the impact of the rapidly expanding Omicron variant. Delta canceled more than 100 Saturday flights while United canceled about 70. JetBlue Airways More than 70 flights were canceled on Friday, about 7% of daily flight operations.

“Delta teams exhausted all options and resources – including rerouting and swapping planes and crews to cover scheduled flights – before canceling around 90 flights for Friday,” the airline said in a statement. “We apologize to our customers for the delay in their vacation travel plans. Delta employees are working hard to get them to their destination on the next available flight as quickly and safely as possible.”

More than 90% of Delta employees and more than 96% of United’s U.S. employees are vaccinated, the airlines said.

Delta and United’s flight disruptions are far fewer than those of the Bulk cancellations Some airline customers faced this summer and fall as airlines, including American and southwest grappling with staff shortages and bad weather.

Both airlines offered additional remuneration of the staff work Major Vacation Travel and attendance goals. Southwest only had one cancellation on Friday and American had 11, according to FlightAware.

CVS, Lucid, Southwest Airways, Boeing, GameStop and extra

People walk past a CVS pharmacy store in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City.

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Check out the companies that are making headlines in midday trading.

CVS The drugstore chain’s shares rose 3.8%, hitting a 52-week high, after the company said Sales will accelerate in the coming year. CVS will introduce new health services and pool its drugstore and insurance businesses.

Hormel foods – Hormel’s shares rose 5.7% after the food maker beat quarterly earnings estimates. The company posted earnings of 51 cents per share for the quarter, one cent above Refinitiv’s consensus forecast. Sales also exceeded Wall Street’s expectations.

RH Home furnishings retailer RH rose 9.6% after reporting above-average profits and revenues that exceeded forecasts. The company also raised the lower end of its sales forecast. Guggenheim also reiterated the share as the best idea say the “catalyst path remains intact”.

Rent the runway – Shares in the fashion rental platform fell by 3.5% in midday trading Losses widened in the third quartereven though sales are up 66% year over year. Amid investor concerns, Rent the Runway has not yet made a profit and the number of active subscribers has not recovered to pre-pandemic levels.

GameStop – The video game retailer saw shares fall more than 6% after the company reported losses that widened in the third fiscal quarter. The company announced that its net loss rose to $ 105.4 million, or $ 1.39 per share, from a loss of $ 18.8 million, or 29 cents per share, last year. The stock, which was once at the center of the meme stock mania, is still up more than 760% this year.

Clear group The electric vehicle startup’s shares rose more than 12% a day after the company announced a proposal $ 1.75 billion convertible bond. Lucid also recently announced that it has a Subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission “Requirement for certain documents to be presented in connection with an investigation.”

American Airlines, Boeing American Airlines shares were down nearly 1% after the company said it was Reduction of the flight plan next summer, because it is waiting for Boeing to deliver its 787 Dreamliners. Boeing also plans to compensate the airline. Boeing’s shares plummeted 1.7%.

Southwest Airlines – Southwest stocks fell. more than 3% after Jefferies has downgraded the airline’s stock, citing the persistent inflation that weighs on profitability. Jefferies lowered his rating on Southwest to keep buying and also cut his price target on the stock from $ 60 per share to $ 45 per share.

EVgo – EVgo shares rose 7.1% JPMorgan initiated reporting of the operator of fast charging services for overweight electric vehicles. “We expect the company to achieve above-average sales growth through rapidly increasing fleet acceptance and higher utilization,” noted JPMorgan.

Pfizer – Pfizer shares gained 2% Wells Fargo has started reporting of the stock with an overweight rating. The company said Pfizer’s Covid treatments were in place and could continue to grow the company’s sales in the years to come.

Sun run, Sunnova Solar company stocks plummeted despite JPMorgan naming stocks the top picks for the next year. Sunrun lost 3.8% while Sunnova lost 1.7%.

Solid strength – Shares in battery cell maker Solid Power for electric vehicles rose 6.4% at noon. The enterprise debuted on the Nasdaq Thursday morning after completing a transaction with a special acquisition company. Solid Power’s investors include Ford and BMW.

– CNBC’s Yun Li, Maggie Fitzgerald and Tanaya Macheel contributed to the coverage.

American Airways CEO Doug Parker to retire, president Robert Isom to take reins March 31

Doug Parker, American Airlines CEO

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American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is stepping down and will be replaced by the airline’s president, Robert Isom, on March 31, the airline announced on Tuesday.

Parker is the second major airline CEO this year to announce his resignation, signing a changing of the guard among US airlines. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly will step down in February and hand the reins to another longtime manager, Bob Jordan, in February.

Parker will continue to serve as Chairman of the American Board.

Parker became CEO of America West for the first time shortly before the September 11, 2001 attacks and later led two mergers – with US Airways and American Airlines, the end of a wave of consolidation among US airlines.

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American Airways, Hole, Moderna and extra

An American Airlines aircraft lands at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia on November 23, 2021.

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Check out the companies that hit the headlines on Tuesday at noon.

American Airlines, Norwegian Cruise Line Travel stocks fell as investors continued to weigh the risks of the Covid-Omicron variant. American Airlines shares were down more than 4%, Norwegian Cruise Line was down more than 6%, Wynn Resorts was down around 5%, and Airbnb was down 4.9%.

gap, Under armor Retail stocks have come under pressure after online sales fell 1.4% year over year on Cyber ​​Monday and fell for the first time ever, according to Adobe Analytics. However, Adobe expects customers to expand their shopping this year and expects the entire holiday season to see record-breaking online sales growth. Gap down more than 6%, Under Armor down about 5%, and Tommy Hilfiger parents PVH Corp lost more than 4%.

Regeneron Pharma – Regeneron’s shares fell more than 2% after the company owned its Covid-19 antibody drugs could be less effective against the omicron variant of Covid. The company said mutations in the variant suggest that “the neutralizing activity of both vaccine-induced and monoclonal antibody-mediated immunity may be reduced”.

Modern, Pfizer Vaccine manufacturer stocks were in focus after Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel told the Financial Times that he was expects existing vaccines to be less effective against the Omicron variant. Researchers are still studying the new variant’s response to previous immunity, and Oxford University said it was no evidence yet that current vaccines do not protect against serious Omicron disease. The Moderna share lost more than 6%. The BioNTech share fell by more than 5%. Pfizer stock gained around 2%. Novavax shares gained more than 2%.

Money tree – The discounter’s stock slumped 4.5% after Goldman Sachs downgraded Dollar Tree too neutral of buy. The company said the company’s operational improvements have been priced in and Dollar Tree will face pedestrian traffic issues in the coming year.

Solar drain – The stock of clean energy lost 6.3% Morgan Stanley downgraded it balanced. The investment firm issued a notice to its clients that Solaredge’s shares may be fully valued after a recent hot spell.

Meta platforms Facebook parent Meta shares fell more than 3% after UK competition watchdog said the company should sell the GIF sharing platform Giphy, which Facebook acquired last year. The regulator said the deal could harm social media users and UK advertisers. Meta has stated that she does not agree with the decision and is considering an appeal.

Beyond meat, oatmeal Beyond Meat and Oatly stocks fell approximately 6% and 7% respectively after HSBC began coverage of protein stocks with a downgraded rating. “Given the prospect of increased competition, the growth we forecast will not be enough for many participants to meet their high growth ambitions,” the company said.

Twitter, square – Twitter and Square shares fell more than 5% and 2%, respectively. The moves come a day later Jack Dorsey has announced his resignation as CEO of Twitter while he remained at Square as chief executive. Bank of America upgraded Place to neutral of below average performance and repeat a purchase review for Twitter.

– CNBC’s Jesse Pound and Tanaya Macheel contributed to the coverage

American Airways jacks up flight attendant vacation pay to keep away from extra flight cancellations

An American airline Airbus A321-200 approaches Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia on February 24, 2021.

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American Airlines, shocked by Bulk cancellations last weekend offered flight attendants three times their salary for work-holiday trips, even if they are perfectly staffed by the beginning of January.

The offer comes just days after American canceled hundreds of flights last weekend and earlier this week, many of them related to flight attendant staff shortages. The added incentives show Americans are willing to pay to avoid recurrence.

American said flight attendants and reserve cabin crew members who go on business trips between November 23 and November 29 or December 22 through January 2 will be given one and a half time, according to an internal memo verified by CNBC. If you do not have any absences from November 15 to January 2, you will receive an additional 150% of the remuneration for these main travel times.

“The past few months, and last week in particular, have been challenging,” wrote Brady Byrnes, vice president of flight service to flight attendants.

“With Mother Nature devastating the operations, the myriad policy changes you had to keep up with, and an increase in incidents of customer misconduct, you are dealing with a lot,” added Byrnes, referring to an increase in recalcitrant travelers, including an alleged attack on a flight attendant by a passenger last week.

Airlines spent much of the last year pushing their employees to take vacations or accept takeovers.
When travel demand recovered in late spring and summer, some airlines did not have enough staff to cover routine disruptions such as bad weather. Southwest Airlines offered flight attendants double pay to get more people to pick up their shifts on the weekend of July 4th.

American Airways cancels greater than 700 flights, citing climate and staffing points

An American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER takes off from Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia on October 28, 2020.

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American Airlines has canceled more than 1,000 flights since Friday, disruptions attributable to staffing problems and strong winds at its busiest hub.

On Saturday, American canceled nearly 460 flights, or 17% of the main flight schedule, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. based in Dallas Southwest Airlines Cut 86 flights or 2% of Saturday operations.

American has canceled another 285 flights, or 10% of its scheduled Sunday schedule, in addition to Friday’s 340 cancellations.

American COO David Seymour said in a staff note on Saturday that the problems began Thursday with strong gusts of wind reducing capacity at its Dallas / Fort Worth international airport hub and that the crew members were not in position for their next flights was.

The availability of pilots and flight attendants was cited as the reason for most of the cancellations on Saturday and Sunday, according to internal balance sheets viewed by CNBC.

“With additional weather throughout the system, our staff is running out as the crew members leave their regular flight sequences,” wrote Seymour. He said most customers were rebooked the same day and he expects operations to stabilize in November.

Airlines have faced staff shortages that have resulted in hundreds of flight cancellations and other disruptions since travel demand soared in late spring. The airlines had convinced thousands of employees to accept voluntary takeovers or leave of absence to reduce their wage bills in the depths of the pandemic.

Now they are trying to recruit staff, hire pilots, flight attendants, ramp and customer service agents and others. Leaner staffing levels make it harder for airlines to recover from disruptions such as bad weather or technology issues.

Southwest said earlier this month that there was a meltdown earlier this month that saw more than 2,000 flights canceled it cost $ 75 million. It also said it would further cut its remaining 2021 schedule after previous cuts to avoid further disruption.

American Airlines’ Seymour said 1,800 flight attendants would be returning from vacation as of November 1, and the rest would be back by December. It also means hiring pilots, mechanics, airport staff and reservation agents “so that more team members will be on site for the holiday season”.

Southwest Airways’ October flight cancellations value provider $75 million

Passengers check in for a Southwest Airlines flight at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, the United States, on October 11, 2021.

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Southwest Airlines on Thursday said mass flight cancellations and delays that disrupted travel for tens of thousands of customers earlier this month cost $ 75 million.

Southwest based in Dallas more than 2,000 flights canceled between October 8th and October 13th, with Florida bad weather, air traffic control and staff shortages being blamed for the problems.

The hit came from flight cancellations, customer refunds and “gestures of goodwill”.

The airline reported a profit of $ 446 million on Thursday.

“Our active (as opposed to inactive) and available staff fell short of the plan and, along with other factors, caused us to miss our operational performance targets for on-time performance, resulting in additional costs,” said Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest. That, along with a surge in Covid-19 cases, resulted in a $ 300 million drop in sales, he said.

Here’s how Southwest performed compared to Wall Street expectations in the third quarter, based on Refinitiv average estimates:

  • Adjusted earnings per share: a loss of 23 cents versus an expected loss of 27 cents.
  • Total sales: $ 4.68 billion versus an expected $ 4.58 billion.

Southwest Airways cancels 1,800 flights, blaming climate and staffing

Southwest Airlines This weekend, more than 1,800 flights were canceled, thousands of customers’ travel plans mixed up and flight crews stranded.

“I know this is incredibly difficult for all of you, and our customers are not happy,” said Alan Kasher, executive vice president of Daily Flight Operations, in a statement on Sunday viewed by CNBC.

The airline blamed bad weather and an “FAA-imposed air traffic management program” for the initial problems.

“Although we were staffed for the weekend, we could not foresee the significant disruption caused by unexpected ATC problems and bad weather at our Florida stations,” said Kasher.

Other airlines have canceled relatively few flights. Southwest did not comment on the inequality.

The Federal Aviation Administration said there were “several hours” of flight delays on Friday afternoon due to severe weather and staffing problems at the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center, which controls the airspace in five parts of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

“No staff shortages have been reported to the FAA in air traffic since Friday,” said the FAA. “Some airlines continue to have scheduling problems due to out of seat aircraft and crews. Please contact the airlines for details on current flight schedules.”

Southwest’s top destinations, Denver, Baltimore, Dallas Love Field and Chicago Midway, were hardest hit by Sunday’s cancellations.

Southwest apologized to travelers for long customer service waits. The airline said in a statement that it is expected to get close to normal operations by Sunday, but disruptions worsened.

Southwest’s Kasher admitted to staff in his note on Sunday that some crew members were out of hotel rooms last night and said disruptions can arise quickly when flight crews reach contractual and state working limits.

“Right now is ours [network operations center] The teams are working to protect our crew network and prevent bad connections – both for our crews and for our customers – that would have an even bigger impact, ”he said. “And the teams are working to determine the best course of action to be the quickest way to reset our network. “

The Dallas-based airline canceled 1,019 flights on Sunday, 28% of its schedule, after canceling 808 flights on Saturday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. American Airlines, which operates a major hub in Miami, has canceled 66 mainline flights, or 2% of its operations on Saturday and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by comparison Spirit Airlines 32 flights canceled, 4% of the flight plan.

Staff shortages resulted in hundreds of cancellations at Southwest this summer. the The airline has cut its flight schedule after the summer to avoid further disturbances. Other airlines have also faced labor shortages after encouraging thousands to take or buy vacations at the height of the pandemic, only to have travel demand return faster than expected this summer.

“Although we made changes to the timetable by autumn, our route system has not fully recovered – that will take time,” said Kasher. He said the airline had fewer frequencies between major airports to reroute or rebook travelers. Southwest doesn’t have what is called the interline arrangement that major airlines like delta and American Travelers have to book with other airlines.

Southwest did not immediately comment on whether staffing shortages contributed to the cancellations this weekend.

The airline is struggling to hire new employees. New CEO Bob Jordan told CNBC last month that the airline was ready to cut flights during the spring break if it doesn’t have enough staff to support the operation.

The inequality between the operations of Southwest and other airlines fueled speculation on social media that employees called in sick, with some suspecting it was in protest of the vaccine mandate.

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, the Southwest pilots union, said, “We can say with confidence that our pilots are not participating in any formal or unofficial work-related activities.”

“Our pilots will continue to overcome poor planning by SWA management as well as any external operational challenges and remain the most productive pilots in the world,” it said.

Earlier on Saturday, the union noted that the company’s recent announcement that it would comply with the Biden government’s requirement that federal contractors commission Covid vaccinations for employees is adding to the distraction for airmen.

“Make no mistake – due to months of personnel problems and inefficient planning practices, we are working with a higher than normal operational risk,” the union’s safety committee told members in a post on Saturday.

It is said that reports of fatigue requiring pilots not to fly are triple historical norms.

“All of these challenges created an additional distraction in the cockpit,” it said. “The company’s announcement this week of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate only exacerbates the situation.”

On Friday, the union asked a federal court in Dallas to temporarily block implementation of the vaccine mandate as it was a unilateral decision and required negotiations with the union instead.

United Airways says 593 staff face termination for failing to adjust to vaccine mandate

United Airlines said Tuesday that 593 of its employees will be fired for non-compliance with the Covid-19 vaccination policy, one of the strictest vaccination regulations for any US company.

More than 96% of United’s 67,000 employees in the United States met vaccine requirements. The deadline for uploading vaccination records or first vaccination when receiving a two-dose vaccine was late Monday.

Around 2,000 United employees requested exemptions from the mandate the airline announced in the summer for religious or medical reasons. The Chicago-based airline had said that employees it grants such exemptions will be used temporary unpaid leave.

“And we know that this decision was hesitant for some. But we have no doubt that some of you will have avoided future hospitalization – or even death – because you got vaccinated, “said United CEO Scott Kirby and Company President Brett Hart said the Employees on Tuesday in a note.

Unvaccinated employees without an exception are threatened with dismissal, although this process can take weeks. “It was an incredibly difficult decision, but the safety of our team has always been our top priority,” said United’s Kirby and Hart. Staff who did not upload proof of vaccine included various working groups such as pilots, flight attendants and mechanics, a spokesman said, declining to provide further details.

However, a United spokesperson said the company was ready to work with some unvaccinated employees during the termination process if they change their minds about vaccination. The airline does not expect any operational problems due to layoffs, the spokesman added.

Workers laid off for not vaccinating would be dismissed for violating a company safety policy, which could prevent them from being entitled to unemployment benefits.

Dozens of employees had given their vaccination cards to the company in the last few days before the deadline, CNBC reported Tuesday.

The number of flight attendants who had not sent in their vaccination card and had not received a special permit fell by around half from the weekend to Monday and fell further to below 100 on Tuesday, as the association of flight attendants represents the approximately 23,000 cabin crew members of the airline.

More than 500 United employees, represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers by Monday afternoon, hadn’t uploaded a vaccination record, but fewer than 400 as of Tuesday, according to District 141 President Mike Klemm. The union represents more than 25,000 United employees. Another 700 had received exceptions, he said. The group includes employees in fleet and passenger service.

Klemm said the union plans to file wrongful dismissal lawsuits if workers who have been vaccinated are fired.

Six United Airlines employees sued the airline in federal court in northern Texas, alleging the company failed to provide them with “reasonable accommodation” for religious or medical reasons. United said it will “continue to vigorously defend our policies”.

US companies have increasingly issued vaccination mandates for some or all of their employees, from Tyson Foods to Walmart and MC Donalds since Covid The cases increased in the summer.

president Joe Biden Earlier this month his government said Requirement that large companies require their employees to be vaccinated or have them tested regularly for Covid. The airlines say they are waiting for the details.

All major US airlines have encouraged their employees to get vaccinated, but differ in their approaches, which included extra pay or free time as an incentive. Most did not need vaccines.

Delta Airlines plans to add a $ 200 monthly surcharge to corporate health costs for unvaccinated employees in November. Delta, along with Alaska Airlines and American Airlines have said that unvaccinated employees must use their own sick leave if they miss work because of Covid. Hawaiian Airlines said staff must be vaccinated by November 1st.

Even if an airline doesn’t require vaccines, it could have an impact on where some employees might fly. For example, American Airlines told pilots on September 20 that the governments of Suriname and Canada would require airmen to be vaccinated in order to make these trips, according to a staff memo. According to their union, this also applies to flight attendants.

American expects more countries to be added to the list.

United has required pilots and flight attendants to be vaccinated in order to fly to certain destinations since August 1st. It currently includes Brazil, Peru, India, Italy and Iceland, among others.

The American Airlines and Southwest Airlines pilot unions have argued that vaccines should remain optional for pilots. The Allied Pilots Association, which represents America’s mainline pilots, wrote to the White House, the Department of Transportation, and key lawmakers last week asking for pilots to be offered an alternative to a federal vaccine mandate. About 4,200 of the approximately 14,000 pilots are not vaccinated, according to the union. The APA said a federal mandate to vaccinate could lead to vacation labor shortages and flight disruptions