Articles tagged “Scott Kirby”

Remembering Hope Is Not a Strategy: Who United Airlines Needs Right Now

Remembering Hope Is Not a Strategy: Who United Airlines Needs Right Now

Brian Sumers, Skift

Scott Kirby takes over as United's CEO on May 20. Kirby is positioning himself as the rare leader in corporate America who tells the truth to employees and shareholders. Some people don't like him for it. But his comments are refreshing.

3 months ago

United Airlines President No Longer Counting on Quick ‘Snap Back’

United Airlines President No Longer Counting on Quick ‘Snap Back’

Brian Sumers, Skift

United Airlines is in great peril, losing $100 million in revenue per day. But its CEO-in-waiting is already thinking about how the airline can emerge stronger from this crisis. Let's see if he can pull it off.

4 months ago

U.S. Airlines Cut Flights as Many Corporations Limit Travel

U.S. Airlines Cut Flights as Many Corporations Limit Travel

Brian Sumers, Skift

Coronavirus is a disaster for U.S. airlines. Some executives compare its impact to the fallout after 9/11. The big question is how long will it last? Airlines hope the revenue dip will be short-term.

5 months ago

United President Quashes Rumors He Might Jump Back to American Airlines

United President Quashes Rumors He Might Jump Back to American Airlines

Sean O'Neill, Skift

United's Scott Kirby has pledged to remain as president of the airline despite rumors to the contrary. But that won't quell talk about whether American Airlines' CEO Doug Parker will last through the year.

10 months ago

United Airlines Plays Up Its Denver Advantage as Global Routes Suffer

United Airlines Plays Up Its Denver Advantage as Global Routes Suffer

Brian Sumers, Skift

No doubt United President Scott Kirby has a high opinion of his talents. But he said United's Denver gamble would pay off. And by all accounts, it has.

11 months ago

Did an Aggressive United Push Southwest Out of Newark Hub?

Did an Aggressive United Push Southwest Out of Newark Hub?

Brian Sumers, Skift

When United Airlines President Scott Kirby joined in 2016, he promised he'd boost share at Newark. Now Southwest is pulling out of Newark, citing a tough environment. Think this is a coincidence?

1 year ago

United President Warns New Low-Cost Carriers Can’t Control Their Business Model

United President Warns New Low-Cost Carriers Can’t Control Their Business Model

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Network airlines have long sought to drive out low-cost carriers by matching fares in certain markets. But now, equipped with basic economy fares and other options, United Airlines' Kirby vows to match the fares of new entrants in a much more rigorous way.

1 year ago

United’s Focus on Revenue Gains Gives It an Edge Over Rivals

United’s Focus on Revenue Gains Gives It an Edge Over Rivals

Brian Sumers, Skift

United President Scott Kirby and Chief Commericial Officer Andrew Nocella, who worked together at US Airways and American Airlines, deserve credit for the airline's turnaround. Then again, when they arrived United was a broken company, so there was probably only one way to go — up.

2 years ago

United Airlines Avoids Fuel Cost Hit to Earnings With Higher Ticket Prices

United Airlines Avoids Fuel Cost Hit to Earnings With Higher Ticket Prices

Brian Sumers, Skift

We told you United would probably turn things around on finances when it hired revenue whiz Scott Kirby back in August 2016. And look what's happening. Now, it's time for the airline to improve its customer service, too.

2 years ago

Is JetBlue Risking Its Brand Equity by Leading on Checked Bag Fees?

Is JetBlue Risking Its Brand Equity by Leading on Checked Bag Fees?

Brian Sumers, Skift

At Skift, we know more than most that airlines are in business to maximize revenue. But $30 for one checked bag seems a little extreme, no? Let's hope other carriers don't match JetBlue.

2 years ago

United Airlines President on Turning Skeptics Into Believers

United Airlines President on Turning Skeptics Into Believers

Brian Sumers, Skift

Not everyone likes Scott Kirby, because he has a habit of speaking his mind, whether his opinions are popular or not. But there's little doubt about his track record. The man knows how to increase an airline's revenue. He's done it at America West, US Airways, American, and now United.

2 years ago

United Covets Competitors’ Profit Margins in Smaller U.S. Cities

United Covets Competitors’ Profit Margins in Smaller U.S. Cities

Brian Sumers, Skift

United Airlines plans to grow capacity by four percent to six percent for each of the next three years. That may not sound like a lot, but the U.S. is a mature air market, so this is a big deal. But United President Scott Kirby said the airline shrunk too much under previous management and must get its mojo back.

3 years ago