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American, Delta, Hawaiian, and United Apply to Operate Daytime Haneda Flights

American, Delta, Hawaiian, and United Apply to Operate Daytime Haneda Flights

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, and United Airlines all submitted applications Thursday to the Department of Transportation to offer daytime service from the United States to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
The move follows a new agreement between the United States and Japan that allows for more daytime flights to Haneda, an airport considered highly desirable because of its proximity to downtown Tokyo. The new agreement calls for five new daytime …

United Reports Profitable First Quarter

United Reports Profitable First Quarter

United Airlines announced financial results for the first quarter of 2016.
Net income for the quarter was $435 million, excluding special charges, a 25% year-over-year decrease. Revenue was also down almost 5% at $8.2 billion from 8.6 billion in 2015.
“I am extremely proud of United’s nearly 86,000 aviation professionals for their contributions to these strong results,“ said the company’s CEO, Oscar Munoz.
The airline’s consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile, or …

United Airlines Reshuffles Board of Directors, Again

United Airlines Reshuffles Board of Directors, Again

United Continental Holdings said Wednesday it will add executives with airline industry experience to its board of directors as part of a settlement with activist investors.
The move, which averts what has been a very public struggle over corporate governance, will allow the airline and its new CEO, Oscar Munoz, to focus on running the company more efficiently.
Former Air Canada CEO Robert Milton has been named non-executive chairman and will assume …

30,000 Workers at United Airlines Approve Contracts

30,000 Workers at United Airlines Approve Contracts

United Airlines said Monday that employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers had voted “overwhelmingly” to ratify seven new contracts.
The agreements, which cover almost 30,000 workers in various parts of the company including customer service agents, baggage handlers, call center employees, and security officers, provides what both parties termed “meaningful improvements” in pay, job protection, and work rules.
Going forward, the Chicago-based airline will return or “insource” …

United Reports Drop in Traffic, Capacity, and Load Factor for March

United Reports Drop in Traffic, Capacity, and Load Factor for March

United Airlines announced operational results for March 2016.  The carrier’s consolidated traffic, capacity, and load factor were all down year-over-year.
Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of March was 17.095 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a decrease of 1.5% from 17.349 billion RPMs in March 2015.  The carrier’s total capacity for the month was down 0.1%, to 20.953 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, from 20.967 billion …

Lobby Bar – April 8: Set Fire to the Air, Traveling with Collectibles, and How to Buy an Airline

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Lobby Bar – An Artful Alliteration of FBT News and Views, Rated Two Thumbs Up
Airborne danger. Paul Riegler stumbles across an American Airlines “Welcome Aboard” pamphlet from 1959. The pamphlet warns against the dangers of operating personal radios onboard the aircraft. Oh, and please feel free to smoke at any point throughout the flight.
My fair warning. Jonathan Spira heads to City Center to catch a rousing performance of “1776.” To …

United Turns 90, Marking Anniversary of First Scheduled Flight in U.S.

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United Airlines turned 90 Wednesday after having endured a tumultuous past few years.
Varney Air Lines, United’s predecessor, took to the air on April 6, 1926, operating a Swallow aircraft under the command of pilot Leon Dewey Cuddeback on a mail route from Pasco, Washington to Elko, Nevada with a stop in Boise, Idaho.
The start of the U.S. contract air mail system is considered to also have been the start of …