Articles tagged “united airlines”

United Ends Cooperation Agreements With 5 Middle East Airlines

United Ends Cooperation Agreements With 5 Middle East Airlines

Brian Sumers, Skift

Some of the airlines covered here come as a surprise, but it makes sense that United no longer wants to play nice with Qatar Airways and Emirates Airline. The good news? The changes won't affect many travelers.

1 day ago

Southwest Airlines Promises to Stop Overbooking Flights

Southwest Airlines Promises to Stop Overbooking Flights

Brian Sumers, Skift

Overbooking has gotten a lot of attention in the past three weeks, but, most of the time, it's not a big deal. Airlines know passengers won't show up, so they sell a few more tickets than they have seats. What's the harm in that? Airlines might want to reduce the number of extra seats they sell, but they don't need to retire the practice.

1 day ago

United Airlines Settles With Doctor in Dragging Incident

United Airlines Settles With Doctor in Dragging Incident

Michael Tarm, Associated Press

Was the settlement for $6 million? Perhaps $10 million? We don't know but whatever it was it would be spare change for United if it can manage to get the horrific publicity behind it.

1 day ago

United Releases Internal Report on What Happened in Violent Chicago Incident

United Releases Internal Report on What Happened in Violent Chicago Incident

Brian Sumers, Skift

This has been a rough two and a half weeks for United, which was clearly caught off guard by the fallout from this now-famous April 9 incident. It will be some time before the airline regains its footing, but perhaps this report is a step in the right direction.

2 days ago

Airline Trade Group Launches Ad Campaign to Support Open Skies Agreements

Airline Trade Group Launches Ad Campaign to Support Open Skies Agreements

Brian Sumers, Skift

This is a small ad buy, but good for Hawaiian, JetBlue and Fedex to spend money to try to persuade political types. Open Skies agreements are helpful for consumers, and for global trade. If the U.S. takes a protectionist stance against the UAE and Qatar, the repercussions could hurt U.S. businesses.

4 days ago

United Expands Its Basic Economy No-Frills Service

United Expands Its Basic Economy No-Frills Service

Grant Martin, Skift

Like them or not, basic economy fares are here to stay. And United is expanding them throughout its domestic markets.

5 days ago

United CEO Oscar Munoz Will Not Automatically Become Board Chair in 2018

United CEO Oscar Munoz Will Not Automatically Become Board Chair in 2018

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's easy to blame this on the incident last week in Chicago. And perhaps the two things are related. But it's not a big surprise Munoz will not become board chair next year. He had a heart transplant last year, and he has been reducing his role over time.

1 week ago

United Airlines President: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’

United Airlines President: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’

Brian Sumers, Skift

Is there a more honest airline executive than United's Scott Kirby? Probably not. But that's a good thing. United's 2015 decision to leave New York JFK was a head-scratcher, and it's nice to see new management calling it a mistake.

1 week ago

The Airline Business Is So Good U.S. Carriers Are Dropping NFL Charter Flights

The Airline Business Is So Good U.S. Carriers Are Dropping NFL Charter Flights

Barry Wilner, Associated Press

Business is strong now for U.S. airlines, and it's possible they have more profitable opportunities than flying NFL teams. The NFL is not the first sports enterprise to run into the trouble. The NCAA has also been having trouble finding charters for basketball teams.

1 week ago

Opinion: What We Hate About Airlines Actually Keeps Fares Low

Opinion: What We Hate About Airlines Actually Keeps Fares Low

Bloomberg, Megan McArdle

This column makes excellent points. Airlines overbook flights because the strategy allows them to maximize revenue from each flight. That's good for investors, yes. But it also, over time, leads to lower ticket prices. In short — passengers benefit from overbooking and other policies that seem to hurt travelers, even they do not know it.

1 week ago

United President: It’s Too Early to Know if Any Customers Are Boycotting Airline

United President: It’s Too Early to Know if Any Customers Are Boycotting Airline

Brian Sumers, Skift

United says it does not yet know if business was hurt by last week's bumping drama in Chicago. It's possible that the airline lost some customers on the margins, but United will be fine long-term. If the price is right, passengers will be back.

1 week ago

United Airlines’ First Quarter Earnings Beat Forecasts

United Airlines’ First Quarter Earnings Beat Forecasts

Associated Press

While it's too soon to see any fall out from its passenger-dragging incident, tomorrow's earnings call will likely reveal more.

2 weeks ago