CNN: Airlines ‘disheartened’ by Trump ending stimulus talks

CNN: Airlines ‘disheartened’ by Trump ending stimulus talks. “Major US airline stocks fell sharply when Trump tweeted that the Senate would no longer consider the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill proposed by House Democrats. The bill included $25 billion for airlines—new relief that airlines say would have allowed them to bring the roughly 50,000 workers they furloughed on October 1 back on the job.”

Minneapolis StarTribune: Minnesota Republicans fly Delta home from D.C. after COVID-19 exposure

Minneapolis StarTribune: Minnesota Republicans fly Delta home from D.C. after COVID-19 exposure. “Minnesota’s three Republican congressmen flew home on a Delta flight from Washington, D.C., Friday night, despite airline restrictions on passengers recently exposed to COVID-19-positive people such as President Donald Trump. U.S. Reps. Pete Stauber, Tom Emmer and Jim Hagedorn all tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday after traveling with Trump on Air Force One to and from a Duluth rally on Wednesday.”

BBC: Extra facility opened for planes grounded by Covid-19

BBC: Extra facility opened for planes grounded by Covid-19. “An aircraft storage facility in Central Australia is now so full that its owners have had to seek out more space. Many carriers haven’t had enough passengers to justify flying during the pandemic, and have opted to store their planes. Asia Pacific Airline Storage is storing 94 planes at Alice Springs, and will store more in Southeast Queensland.”

Seattle Times: If you absolutely have to fly, here’s how to minimize risks of coronavirus

Seattle Times: If you absolutely have to fly, here’s how to minimize risks of coronavirus. “There are reasons some people might still need to get on a plane, like caring for a family member in a medical emergency, or relocating for a new job. A recent study showed how the novel coronavirus had spread on two international flights earlier this year. But both incidents took place before airlines implemented mandatory mask-wearing. Traveling by plane is likely safer now — but not without risks. If you absolutely have to fly, here are tips from experts on how to do it as safely as possible.”

New York Times: The Flight Goes Nowhere. And It’s Sold Out.

New York Times: The Flight Goes Nowhere. And It’s Sold Out.. “At a time when most people are stuck at home and unable to travel, and the global airline industry has been decimated by the pandemic, flights that take off and return to the airport a few hours later allow airlines to keep staff working. The practice also satisfies that itch to travel — even if it’s just being on a plane again. Although most people may think of flying as a means to an end, existing solely to get them from one place to the next, some say that it is an exciting part of the travel experience. For those people, flights to nowhere are the salve for a year in which just about all travel has been canceled and people have been fearful of airlines not enforcing social distancing and mask-wearing rules.”

BBC: WestJet cancels flight because of mask dispute with child

BBC: WestJet cancels flight because of mask dispute with child. “A Canadian flight was cancelled and police were called because a child was not wearing a mask. Safwan Choudhry says WestJet wanted his 19-month-old to wear a mask, but the baby girl would not stop crying. The airline says the issue was not with the infant, who is below the age required to wear a mask, but with Mr Choudhry’s three-year-old.”

Input Magazine: ‘Airplane Mode’ simulates a 6-hour flight in coach because that’s how grim reality is now

Input Magazine: ‘Airplane Mode’ simulates a 6-hour flight in coach because that’s how grim reality is now. “Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is having such a moment right now that people are apparently buying up all the supply of flight stick controllers, leaving plebes to use a keyboard and mouse or — *gasp* — gamepad like some kind of monster. Screw that hoity-toity front-of-the-plane-you’re-a-captain simulation because Airplane Mode is clearly the more realistic flying experience. The One True Flight Simulator.”

CNN: Virgin Atlantic files for bankruptcy in the US to secure its rescue deal

CNN: Virgin Atlantic files for bankruptcy in the US to secure its rescue deal. “Virgin Atlantic has filed for bankruptcy in the United States as it races to finalize a $1.5 billion plan to rescue it from the aviation industry’s worst crisis. The company, which is based in the United Kingdom, filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in New York on [August 4], which shelters the US assets of foreign companies undergoing restructuring proceedings in their home country.”

BBC: Coronavirus-hit Qantas reports £1bn annual loss

BBC: Coronavirus-hit Qantas reports £1bn annual loss. “Qantas has reported an annual loss of almost A$2bn (£1bn) as it deals with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian flag carrier’s boss says trading conditions are the worst in the airline’s 100-year history. The firm also says around 4,000 of its 6,000 planned job cuts are expected to be finalised by the end of next month.”

NBC New York: JetBlue Deploys Ultraviolet Cleaning Robot at JFK Airport in Fight Against Coronavirus

NBC New York: JetBlue Deploys Ultraviolet Cleaning Robot at JFK Airport in Fight Against Coronavirus. “Honeywell’s new UV Cabin System is being used as part of a pilot by JetBlue Airways marking the first time a U.S. airline has implemented the technology. The robotic system can traverse an aircraft cabin in less than 10 minutes. The Honeywell UV Cabin System is roughly the size of an aircraft beverage cart and has UV-C light arms that extend over the top of seats and sweep the cabin to treat aircraft surfaces.”

Travel Pulse: Delta Turns Flight Around After Multiple Passengers Refuse to Wear Masks

Travel Pulse: Delta Turns Flight Around After Multiple Passengers Refuse to Wear Masks. “Details are emerging over why a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta was turned around and returned to Detroit on Thursday, and once again face masks are the issue. According to reports, two passengers refused to wear face masks during the flight – a mandate for virtually every airline – and the plane returned to Detroit Metro Airport in suburban Romulus.”