Washington orders suspension of all flights by Chinese airlines into and out of the country after Beijing failed to allow American carriers to resume service to China, US Transportation Department says.
The flag carrier will fly to just 19 countries next month and gradually expand the operation to 99 countries by September, according to a draft plan.
US airlines are slashing hundreds of thousands of flights, cutting schedules by 80% or more through at least June and parking thousands of jets as demand for tickets has plunged by about 95%.
The trade group for global airlines said the Covid-19 virus can potentially contribute to a 13 percent decline in demand for Asian carriers this year.
The new difficulties compound the troubles facing the US manufacturer, which has faced tumbling profits, federal scrutiny and calls for its CEO to resign after deadly crashes involving the 737 MAX, the successor aircraft for the 737NG.
Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) named Turkish Airlines a Five-Star Global Airline after passengers rated almost 600 airlines around the world in five categories.
British Airways and its 4,300 pilots have been locked in a nine-month pay dispute that could disrupt or alter the travel plans of nearly 300,000 people.
Acting head of US Federal Aviation Administration Daniel Elwell says, "We can't be driven by some arbitrary timeline."
The FAA is meeting with more than 30 international air regulators including China, the EU, Brazil and Canada on Thursday to discuss a software fix and new pilot training that Boeing has been developing to ensure the jets are safe to fly.
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