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United Opens First Polaris Lounge as Part of Its Business Class Overhaul

United Opens First Polaris Lounge as Part of Its Business Class Overhaul

Grant Martin, Skift

United's highest-paying customers have a new place to call home at Chicago O'Hare. The Polaris lounge opened late last week and will be followed with similar properties across the globe through 2018.

6 days ago

Sen. Schumer Wants United’s New Basic Economy Fares and Free Bags, Too

Sen. Schumer Wants United’s New Basic Economy Fares and Free Bags, Too

Associated Press

Sen. Schumer is one of the most outspoken travel consumer advocates on issues he never really understands. Luckily, he never shows much interest once the cameras stop rolling.

7 days ago

United Airlines to Pay $2.4 Million Fine Over Controversial Chairman’s Flight

United Airlines to Pay $2.4 Million Fine Over Controversial Chairman’s Flight

Associated Press

United Airlines is already a much different (and more passenger-friendly) carrier than it was in 2015 when Jeff Smisek resigned, unexpectedly. But the company is still dealing with fallout from Smisek's decisions.

1 week ago

United Launches Its New Much-Hyped Polaris Business Class

United Launches Its New Much-Hyped Polaris Business Class

Brian Sumers , Skift

From a public relations perspective, United has had a near flawless rollout of its new Polaris Business Class. But with it now flying, can the airline meet customer expectations? Or did the carrier over-promise what it can deliver?

1 week ago

New United Airlines CFO Mulls Changing More Aircraft Orders

New United Airlines CFO Mulls Changing More Aircraft Orders

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Remember all those aircraft orders United placed over the past few years? Well, United has new leadership now, and the new team is reevaluating many of the deals. The one major exception? The Boeing 777-300ER. They will start arriving next year, on schedule.

1 week ago

United’s New Basic Economy Fares Are More Restrictive Than the Competition — Skift Business Traveler

United’s New Basic Economy Fares Are More Restrictive Than the Competition — Skift Business Traveler

Grant Martin, Skift

United surprised the airline community when it announced that its basic economy fares wouldn't allow for free overhead carry-on luggage this week. To many, that makes its upcoming basic economy fare worse than the competition. But will mainstream passengers care?

3 weeks ago

Airport Security Lanes Get Automated Bins in Time for Thanksgiving Crush

Airport Security Lanes Get Automated Bins in Time for Thanksgiving Crush

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

We'll wait to see how these new types of security lanes work in practice during the peak holiday period before judging them. Will these larger bins, automated so passengers don't need to feed them into X-ray machines, really remove bottlenecks? It will take time for flyers to get used to the whole thing.

3 weeks ago

Here’s How United CEO Oscar Munoz is Beginning to Remake the Airline

Here’s How United CEO Oscar Munoz is Beginning to Remake the Airline

Brian Sumers , Skift

Jeff Smisek has been gone from United for a long time, but the airline is finally starting to change its strategy in meaningful ways. That's definitely good news for investors, and probably for consumers too.

3 weeks ago

United’s New No-Frills Fare Won’t Even Include Free Carry-ons

United’s New No-Frills Fare Won’t Even Include Free Carry-ons

Brian Sumers , Skift

During Jeff Smisek's reign, industry insiders used to poke fun at United for copying Delta on key decisions. But with its new Basic Economy product, United is thinking outside the box. United's new fare may not be great news for flyers, but investors should be happy.

4 weeks ago

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is Betting Big on U.S. Airline Stocks

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is Betting Big on U.S. Airline Stocks

Katherine Chiglinsky and Sonali Basak, Bloomberg

This is a classic contrarian move by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Investors have lost some patience recently with airline stocks, but clearly Buffett believes the nation's largest airlines still have considerable upside.

4 weeks ago

Delta and United Might Be Vying to Invest in Avianca

Delta and United Might Be Vying to Invest in Avianca

Michael Sasso and Christine Jenkins, Bloomberg

United and Delta already both own pieces of Brazilian airlines, with Delta holding 16 percent of Gol and United with 5 percent of Azul. But both apparently see more opportunity in South America, which makes sense considering Latin American carriers have lagged the rest of the world in profits in recent years. There's probably more upside in the region than elsewhere.

1 month ago

Here’s Why Many Airlines Feel They Need to Raise Fares

Here’s Why Many Airlines Feel They Need to Raise Fares

Brian Sumers, Skift

The era of deep airline discounts is far from over. But with U.S. carriers having some revenue problems, expect airlines to try to do what they can to raise ticket prices and earn more from ancillary fees. Investors are demanding it.

1 month ago