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Airbnb lays off 25% of its workforce due to the coronavirus fallout

We are collectively living through the most harrowing crisis of our lifetime, and as it began to unfold, global travel came to a standstill. Airbnb’s business has been hit hard, with revenue this year forecasted to be less than half of what we earned in 2019.Brian Chesky (Airbnb)

Southwest Airlines CEO says flyers needed soon to avoid drastic steps

If things don’t improve dramatically over the May, June, July time period, we’ll have to prepare ourselves for a drastically smaller airline.Gary Kelly (Southwest Airlines)

Coronavirus travel bailout: Trump says financial help on the way

We’re gathering up all the cash we can. …There is simply no way to know how long this crisis will last.Gary Kelly (Southwest Airlines)

Boeing to recommend simulator training for 737 Max pilots

Public, customer and stakeholder confidence in the 737 Maxs is critically important to us and with that focus Boeing has decided to recommend Max simulator training combined with computer-based training for all pilots prior to returning the MAX safely to service.Greg Smith (Boeing)

Boeing 737 Max grounding: Southwest reaches settlement with Boeing

The airline did not release terms of the confidential agreement but said it will contribute approximately $125 million to its employee profit sharing plan as a result. It will be paid out as part of the airline’s regular profit sharing in 2020.Dawn Gilbertson (USA Today)

Stella Artois to release first-ever limited-edition, US holiday brew: Midnight Lager

The Belgian beer maker has announced Midnight Lager, a U.S.-exclusive, limited-edition holiday beer available nationwide Nov. 4 through the end of the calendar year. The new brew features subtle notes of dark chocolate and espresso with a smoky finish.Morgan Hines (USA Today)

LAX: Uber, Lyft curbside pickup to end around Halloween; shuttle will be required

Starting at the end of October, instead of hailing rides curbside right at the airport, passengers flying into LA and using taxi or rideshare apps will be required to take shuttles to designated holding lots to connect with drivers. Drop-offs will still be permitted on the airport’s upper deck.Carly Mallenbaum (USA Today)

Boeing 737 Max: Southwest, American, United flight changes vex flyers

Southwest, the largest U.S. operator of the Max, had 34 of the planes when the plane was grounded and expected to add another 41. As a result, its latest schedule change affected 200 daily flights, double the number from just a few months ago. The airline is still in the processing of notifying passengers and has contacted those booked through mid-December, spokesman Chris Mainz said. […] American planned to go from 24 Max 8s to 40. The latest schedule change impacts 140 daily flights, up from 115 a few months ago. All passengers have been notified, spokesman Ross Feinstein said. […] United expected to end the year with 30 Max 9s, up from just 14 when the plane was grounded. It had to cancel nearly 100 daily flights in November and December, compared with 70 in September. All affected passengers have been rebooked, spokesman Frank Benenati said.Dawn Gilbertson (USA Today)

Qantas Airways is testing ultra long-haul 19-hour flights to see how crew, pilots respond

For customers, the key will be minimizing jet lag and creating an environment where they are looking forward to a restful, enjoyable flight. For crew, it’s about using scientific research to determine the best opportunities to promote alertness when they are on duty and maximize rest during their down time on these flights.Alan Joyce (Qantas)

FAA finds new ‘potential risk’ in Boeing 737 Max, a setback that could delay plane’s return to the skies

The Federal Aviation Administration said that it found a “potential risk that Boeing must mitigate” during simulator testing of the software changes that Boeing has made and wants to have certified. Like the original flaw that led to the plane’s grounding, the new issue also involves the uncommanded movement of the horizontal stabilizer, the little wing near the tail that moves the plane up or down.Chris Woodyard (USA Today)

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