United Airlines

United to Upgrade International Economy-Class Meal Service

United to Upgrade International Economy-Class Meal Service

United Airlines announced it will introduce new in-flight meal options for economy-class passengers on select long-haul international flights beginning on June 1.  The carrier will upgrade its complimentary meal to a three-course affair on these flights, as well as begin offering complimentary beer and wine.
First course will consist of a beverage and passengers’ choice of cheese and crackers, baked whole-grain bruschetta chips, or Kiri cheese spread and crackers.
As a main …

United Sees Decrease in Traffic and Capacity for March

United Sees Decrease in Traffic and Capacity for March

United Airlines announced operational results for March 2015.  Both the carrier’s consolidated traffic and consolidated capacity for the month were down slightly year-over-year, while its load factor also decreased marginally.
Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of March was 17.349 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a decrease of 0.7% from 17.465 billion RPMs in March 2014.  The carrier’s total capacity for the month was down 0.6%, to …

Air Traffic Control Strike in France Causes Thousands of Flight Cancellations

Air Traffic Control Strike in France Causes Thousands of Flight Cancellations

Air traffic control workers in France began a two-day strike on Wednesday, causing thousands of flights that would fly over French airspace to be cancelled and delayed.
The French Civil Aviation Authority DGAC asked airlines to cancel approximately 40% of their flights on Wednesday, and warned that that number could be as high as 50% on Thursday, April 9.
Air France, the country’s flag carrier, which has its main hub at Charles …

Vote for Your Favorite Airlines, Hotels, and Airports in the 2015 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards

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Voting for the 2015 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards has begun, and with it, your opportunity to determine the winners. To cast your vote, click here to open the ballot.
Last year, over 155,000 votes were cast. This year the field of nominees includes over 100 airlines and alliances, hotels and resorts, and car rental agencies. Other categories include Best Travel Tools and Apps, Best General Travel Blogs, and Best Points …

United Airlines February Figures Largely Unchanged

United Airlines February Figures Largely Unchanged

United Airlines announced operational results for February 2015.  Both the carrier’s consolidated traffic and consolidated capacity for the month were up slightly year-over-year, while its load factor decreased marginally.
Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of February was 13.692 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 0.6% from 13.688 billion RPMs in February 2014.  The carrier’s total capacity for the month was down 0.4%, however, to …

United Forms New Aviation Ground-Handling Operation, Makes Multiple Executive Appointments

United Forms New Aviation Ground-Handling Operation, Makes Multiple Executive Appointments

United Airlines made multiple executive appointments and announced the creation of an aviation ground-handling operation on Friday.
The Chicago-based airline said it forming the ground-handling operation to provide services not only to United but also to other carriers, similar to what American Airlines has with Eagle Ground Handling, a part of its Envoy unit, and Delta with Delta Global Services.  The carrier announced the appointment of Lynda Coffman, currently vice president …

Lobby Bar – March 6: The Son of a Virgin, Standing is the New Sitting, and a Marriott on Mars

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Lobby Bar – A Highly Suspect Summary of FBT News and Views 
Please stand by. Jesse Sokolow stays at the Row NYC in Times Square. A business center in the lobby of the hotel is outfitted with eight Apple computers, but the hotel seems to have forgotten the chairs, leaving guests literally standing by.
Guest entrance. Did you know Birthday Girl and Dream Girl are both Virgin’s? And if that wasn’t suggestive …