Del Taco opens in Fort Oglethorpe

A new Del Taco is open at 564 Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe. The dining room of the Mexican quick service restaurant is closed, but the drive-thru is open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

This is the region's second Del Taco restaurant, joining another location in Dalton, Georgia, that opened in June. The two locations are expected to bring approximately 50 new jobs to the area.

"Following the opening of the Dalton Del Taco in June, we've seen firsthand how the brand's winning combination of freshly prepared food served at a tremendous value creates fans and drives traffic," said Billy Jensen, Del Taco franchisee.

The Fort Oglethorpe Del Taco is the fourth Georgia location for franchisees Jensen and James Shepherd, with plans to open two more locations in Georgia and Tennessee next year.

Founded in 1964, Del Taco has more than 600 locations across 14 states. There are 23 locations of the restaurant in Georgia.


Tennessee American Water gives to Marion food bank

Tennessee American Water and its American Water Charitable Foundation have announced that the Foundation is providing a $5,000 grant to the Marion County Food Bank to assist with increased needs families may be experiencing due to the pandemic.

Tennessee American Water, with funds from the American Water Charitable Foundation, donated to the Marion County Food Bank through a special program for COVID-19 relief efforts.

"There has never been a more critical time in our country to support one another or lend a charitable hand to our communities and neighbors in need," said Tennessee American Water President Darlene Williams. "We know our customers, employees, and neighbors have all been personally impacted by this public health emergency. While Tennessee American Water continues diligently working to provide essential water services, we are grateful to these organizations for the incredible work they are doing to care for people."


Delta to lay off 1,941 more pilots

Delta Air Lines said it plans to furlough 1,941 of its pilots in October amid a steep decline in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That is fewer than the more than 2,500 pilots Delta warned earlier could be furloughed. The Atlanta-based airline said there have been more early retirements than expected, allowing it to return 600 pilots to active status.

Still, the latest plan would trim about one-seventh of Delta's pilot staffing, underscoring the slow recovery in air traffic. Restrictions on furloughs tied to federal airline rescue funding end Sept. 30.

Delta had been attempting to avoid furloughs by asking employees to take early retirements and buyouts. It has also asked employees to take unpaid leave and reduced pay for ground workers and headquarters employees.

More than 1,800 Delta pilots agreed to retire early and leave the company. But that still wasn't enough, according to Delta.

In recent months, "our recovery has slowed further," John Laughter, Delta senior vice president of flight operations, told pilots in a memo Monday. "We are now six months into this pandemic and only 25 percent of our revenues have been recovered. Unfortunately, we see few catalysts over the next six months to meaningfully change this category."


Honda pays fine over Takata airbags

Honda has reached an $85 million settlement with multiple states over allegations that it hid safety failures in the airbags of certain Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S.

The settlement ties up an investigation into Honda's alleged failure to inform regulators and consumers of issues related to the significant risk of rupture in the frontal airbag systems installed in certain cars, which could cause metal fragments to fly into the passenger compartments.

The systems were designed and made by Takata Corp. Problems with Takata's products touched off the largest string of automotive recalls in U.S. history with around 50 million inflators recalled. About 100 million are being recalled worldwide.

At least 25 people have been killed worldwide by Takata inflators and more than 300 have been injured.

"The now-bankrupt airbag inflator supplier, Takata, pleaded guilty in 2017 to federal criminal fraud charges for deceiving Honda and other automakers about the safety of its airbags," Honda said in a prepared statement. "Under the terms of these civil settlements, Honda does not acknowledge any wrongdoing."


American Airlines to cut 40,000 jobs

American Airlines said Tuesday it will cut more than 40,000 jobs, including 19,000 through furloughs and layoffs, in October as it struggles with a sharp downturn in travel because of the pandemic.

American executives said the furloughs can only be avoided if the federal government gives airlines another $25 billion to help them cover labor costs for six more months.

The airline said 23,500 employees have accepted buyouts, retired early or taken long-term leaves of absence, but that was not enough to avoid involuntary cuts. The furloughs of union workers and layoffs of management staff announced Tuesday will fall heaviest on flight attendants, with 8,100 being terminated in October.

American began the year with about 140,000 employees but expects fewer than 100,000 to remain in October.

U.S. air travel plunged 95% by April, a few weeks after the first significant coronavirus outbreaks in the United States. Passenger traffic has recovered slightly since then but remains down 70% from a year ago, and carriers say they need fewer workers.