Headwinds For U.S. Airlines Carry Over Into 2024

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The Jan. 5 inflight loss of a door plug on Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 has had snowballing consequences for Boeing that in turn have affected fleet plans for U.S. airlines.

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A lot can happen in one month. For the U.S. airline industry, the first 31 days of 2024 brought myriad challenges—disruptive winter storms, an Alaska Airlines midair door plug blowout and resulting Boeing 737-9 groundings, management change announcements and merger sagas. In the midst of the...

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