Articles tagged “united airlines”

Avianca’s Second-Largest Shareholder Is Not Happy with new Avianca-United Partnership

Avianca’s Second-Largest Shareholder Is Not Happy with new Avianca-United Partnership

Christine Jenkins, Bloomberg

Does the drama ever end for United? It has been named in a New York lawsuit alleging it underpaid for its commericial arrangement with Avianca, a South American airline. However, the issues seem to be more related to the actions of Avianca's controlling shareholder than on United's actions.

17 hours ago

United Airlines Is on the Offensive Under New President Scott Kirby

United Airlines Is on the Offensive Under New President Scott Kirby

David Koenig, Associated Press

Scott Kirby has worked in top jobs for a long time, at US Airways, American, and now at United. He has a playbook, and it includes adding domestic flights to strengthen hubs and improve connectivity for passengers. It has worked elsewhere, and should work at United.

2 days ago

Spirit Airlines is Prepared for United and American’s Basic Economy Fares

Spirit Airlines is Prepared for United and American’s Basic Economy Fares

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Under CEO Robert Fornaro, Spirit has gotten the message — legacy carriers do not want discount airlines growing in their hubs. Instead, Spirit has taken much of its new capacity elsewhere, adding flights at medium-sized airports, like Akron-Canton in Ohio.

6 days ago

United and American Just Started Selling Super Restrictive Discount Fares

United and American Just Started Selling Super Restrictive Discount Fares

Brian Sumers, Skift

Consumers aren't going to like this product, but Basic Economy fares are a sign of the times. Travelers are already buying tickets on Spirit and Frontier that come without free large carry-ons, so why shouldn't American and United offer a similar option?

1 week ago

United Launches Long-Haul Polaris Business Class Seats

United Launches Long-Haul Polaris Business Class Seats

Grant Martin, Skift

United Airlines finally launched the in-cabin portion of its Polaris experience, bringing lie-flat, aisle-access seats to all of its new widebody aircraft.

1 week ago

United Airlines Poaches Another American Airlines Executive

United Airlines Poaches Another American Airlines Executive

Brian Sumers, Skift

American Airlines has a deep bench, so it will be fine. But this is a big get for United, which needed to bolster its senior management ranks. United has not had as much talent in its ranks as American.

2 weeks ago

Warren Buffett Can’t Get Enough of U.S. Airline Stocks

Warren Buffett Can’t Get Enough of U.S. Airline Stocks

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

There's no doubt airlines are in better fiscal shape than during previous cycles. But is all this investor enthusiasm warranted? Many U.S. airlines are facing increased competition from low-cost airlines at home and abroad.

2 weeks ago

Chicago Is Becoming the Center of the Growing Conflict Between United and American

Chicago Is Becoming the Center of the Growing Conflict Between United and American

Brian Sumers, Skift

American has been a big player in Chicago for decades, and that probably won't change. But United President Scott Kirby is one of the most fierce competitors in the airline industry. If he says he wants to win in Chicago, he means it.

2 weeks ago

Air Canada and United May Try Again for U.S.-Canada Anti-Trust Immunity

Air Canada and United May Try Again for U.S.-Canada Anti-Trust Immunity

Brian Sumers, Skift

Air Canada and United still dominate the majority of U.S.-Canada routes, so it's hard to see how anti-trust immunity helps consumers. But it certainly would make the airlines more formidable competitors.

2 weeks ago

Airline IT Failures Expose Systems That Are a Mix of Really Old and New Technologies

Airline IT Failures Expose Systems That Are a Mix of Really Old and New Technologies

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

The likes of Twitter and Facebook have made it so much easier for passengers to voice their displeasure when things go wrong. Failures happen for a variety of reasons. The best thing that airlines can do in these situations is just be honest. Dedicating investments into new or upgraded systems is called for as well.

3 weeks ago

U.S. Legacy Airlines Hope New Secretary of State Will Meet About Gulf Carriers

U.S. Legacy Airlines Hope New Secretary of State Will Meet About Gulf Carriers

David Koenig, Associated Press

With the Trump Administration's "America First" policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will definitely take a meeting with the CEOs of United, Delta and American, who seek to curb inroads by the Gulf carriers. But he should also meet with the U.S. Travel Association, JetBlue and Fedex to hear how shutting out Gulf carriers would adversely impact job creation.

4 weeks ago

Investors Place Big Bets on the New United Airlines President

Investors Place Big Bets on the New United Airlines President

Michael Sasso , Bloomberg

United's stock is up 54 percent since August 29, when it hired former American Airlines executive Scott Kirby as its president. Many analysts believe Kirby is responsible for much of that spike. That's a lot faith to have in one executive, but given Kirby's track record at American and US Airways, it's probably warranted.

4 weeks ago