Articles tagged “united airlines”

Airlines Take Biofuels More Seriously as Part of an Environment Push

Airlines Take Biofuels More Seriously as Part of an Environment Push

Bloomberg, Justin Bachman

Kudos for airlines for trying to use biofuels, but carriers are a long way from being environmentally sustainable businesses. The industry is responsible for roughly 2 percent of annual global carbon emissions.

4 days ago

Video: United Airlines’ Quick-Hit Approach to Innovation

Video: United Airlines’ Quick-Hit Approach to Innovation

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The chief digital officer of United Airlines drills down on the carrier's tech plans, social media strategy, and customer service goals in this conversation from Skift Tech Forum.

1 week ago

JetBlue CEO’s Rationale on Higher Bag Fees: ‘We Hate Increasing Fares’

JetBlue CEO’s Rationale on Higher Bag Fees: ‘We Hate Increasing Fares’

Brian Sumers, Skift

JetBlue took criticism for moving to raise bag fees first. But the airline's CEO, Robin Hayes, made clear that customers who plan in advance will keep getting to pay the old rate.

2 weeks ago

United Is First U.S. Major Carrier to Match JetBlue’s Bag Fee Increase

United Is First U.S. Major Carrier to Match JetBlue’s Bag Fee Increase

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airline executives often say they don't know why consumers hate their industry so much. Bag fees are among the reasons.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago

Why United Is Considering Putting Flatbed Seats on New Domestic Jets

Why United Is Considering Putting Flatbed Seats on New Domestic Jets

Brian Sumers, Skift

Here's another reminder that airlines are fiercely competitive. Until recently, U.S. airlines generally weren't considering adding premium business class seats on domestic routes beyond New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. But a few years ago, JetBlue disrupted the market with its Mint business class, and now United is considering a similar move.

4 weeks ago

United’s Revenue Architect Plans to Add New Fees for Slightly Better Seats

United’s Revenue Architect Plans to Add New Fees for Slightly Better Seats

Brian Sumers, Skift

This is a tough call. In some ways, what United is doing with preferred seats is unfair. It may make it harder for families to sit together. But at the same time, most of United's competitors have similar fees.

4 weeks ago

Are Investors Ready to Forgive U.S. Regional Airlines?

Are Investors Ready to Forgive U.S. Regional Airlines?

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. bankruptcy law is more forgiving than in many countries, which is why many airlines have had multiple iterations. Now, eight years after filing for bankruptcy, Mesa Air Group again wants to be traded on public markets. Assuming it goes forward with an IPO, it'll be interesting to see if investors return.

2 months ago

Mesa Air Wants to Try Again for an IPO 8 Years After Bankruptcy

Mesa Air Wants to Try Again for an IPO 8 Years After Bankruptcy

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. bankruptcy law is funny, right? Less than a decade ago, Mesa Air Group filed for bankruptcy and investors lost out. But now the airline, with the same CEO, wants investors to give it another chance. Will they bite? Or do they have long memories?

2 months ago

United Airlines Doesn’t Want to Fly Too Many Types of Aircraft

United Airlines Doesn’t Want to Fly Too Many Types of Aircraft

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

If United is so concerned about fleet complexity, look for it and its regional partners to fly a fleet of mostly Boeing and Embraer aircraft long-term. That'll be fine for passengers, who rarely care who manufactures aircraft they fly.

2 months ago

United Airlines Is Winning Over Some of the Doubters

United Airlines Is Winning Over Some of the Doubters

Brian Sumers, Skift

How fickle is Wall Street? Less than a year ago, investors weren't keen on United's stock. But a couple of quarters later, they're jumping back on the bandwagon. But not all that much has changed.

2 months ago

United Becomes Latest Airline to Deploy Flight Crews to Pitch Credit Cards

United Becomes Latest Airline to Deploy Flight Crews to Pitch Credit Cards

Grant Martin, Skift

In-flight credit card pitches are officially coming to United Airlines, which is great news for revenue and maybe less-great news for frequent flyers.

2 months ago