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American Airlines Raises $2 Million for Red Cross COVID-19 Relief



American Airlines has raised more than $2 million in support of the American Red Cross’ relief efforts during the coronavirus-outbreak” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including generating more than $1 million in the first 24 hours of the campaign—a record mark for any Red Cross partner.

Now through April 30, AAdvantage members who donate at least $25 to the COVID-19 relief fund will earn 10 miles for every dollar.

Donations designated to the outbreak will assist the Red Cross in maintaining a sufficient blood supply; ensuring critical relief services; investing in technology and training for counseling, financial assistance and other relief services virtually; providing new cleaning protocols for shelters, food service spaces and emergency response vehicles; increasing health screenings of volunteers and employees who provide disaster relief services and providing safe, socially distanced lodging accommodations for volunteers.

“American Airlines has been a standout partner with the American Red Cross and chooses to use the power of their brand to assist those in need, whether for disaster relief or a health emergency like COVID-19,” said Don Herring, Chief Development Officer for the American Red Cross, in a statement. “I have been amazed by the tremendous generosity of AAdvantage members during this critical time. From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every person who has made a contribution to support the life-saving mission of the Red Cross.”

“Here at American, one of our most important missions is partnering with organizations that are dedicated to helping others all over the world. This virus is affecting many people, but we know that assisting the Red Cross will help give people access to trained staff and volunteers who can assist with mass care, health and mental health services, immediate disaster relief, as well as support the nation’s blood supply,” added Ron DeFeo, Senior Vice President of Global Engagement for American Airlines. “We will continue to give our financial support and stand in solidarity with the Red Cross as its team fights against the pandemic.”

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Emirates Announces Firing Employees Amid the Pandemic



Emirates Airline, the last holdout among the Gulf region‘s three major East-West carriers in retaining its workforce announced on May 31, 2020, that it had fired an undisclosed number of employees, due to the near-shutdown of global air travel amid COVID-19.

The other two—Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Doha-based Qatar Airways—had already scaled back in terms of staffing as the virus spread, virtually eliminating passenger demand and causing international borders to slam shut.

While Emirates has been applauded during the pandemic for continuing to run repatriation flights around the globe, as well as delivering cargo and critical supplies, it has been dramatically affected by the halting of international passenger travel, just like the rest of the world’s airlines.

In a statement, the company said, “We have endeavored to sustain the current family as is…but have come to the conclusion that we, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us.”

Without revealing any particulars of the mass firing, Emirates assured that those being axed from its workforce would be treated, “with fairness and respect.”

ABC News reported that to try and balance some of the immense losses the airline continues to suffer, Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, injected an undisclosed amount of equity into its operations back in March.

Although the flag carrier, owned by a Dubai sovereign wealth fund, had already reduced its staff members’ pay during the course of the global health crisis.

Meanwhile, Emirates’ home base, Dubai International Airport—typically the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic—has also been running only a fraction of its normal operations.

Dubai, which has positioned itself as a critical hub for the free movement of people, goods and capital from around the globe (all of which the pandemic has disrupted), now depends heavily upon a resumption of activity at its airport.

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