United to Rebank Hubs, Ax Smaller Regional Jets
United Airlines said it will rebank flights at three of its hubs as part of its efforts to improve performance and profitability.
That means that dozens of flights will all land within a short period of time and then take off within a similarly short time period. The impacted hubs are Denver, Chicago, and Houston.
“We have more confidence in our operational reliability going forward to permit those connections to occur without undue misconnects,” said United CEO Jeff Smisek on an investor call on last week.
In December of last year, American Airlines announced plans to rebank its hubs, starting with Miami next month.
The Chicago-based airline also said it will remove 130 smaller regional jets from service in the coming year, replacing 70 of them with larger ones and not replacing others. Once the change has taken effect 18 months from now, 50-seat jets, which currently comprise 8% of the airline’s capacity, will drop to 5%, according to James Compton, the carrier’s chief revenue officer.
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