United Airlines

United to Rebank Hubs, Ax Smaller Regional Jets

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 …

United Second Quarter Profit Up 68%

United Second Quarter Profit Up 68%

United-Continental Holdings announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014.
The Chicago-based airline reported a profit of $919 million, a 51% year-over-year increase.  Including special charges, net profit was up 68% at $789 million, compared with $469 in Q2 2013.  Revenue was up 3.3% to $10.33 billion.
Passenger revenue per available seat mile rose 3.7%.
Passenger traffic in Q2 showed a 0.6% increase and capacity was down by 0.1%.  The airline’s load …

Winners of 2014 GlobeRunner Awards Announced at Event in New York City

DSC_0553

Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Lufthansa, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hertz, LOT Polish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, and Transaero Airlines have been named best in class by readers of Frequent Business Traveler.
At the 2014 GlobeRunner Awards presentation in New York City on Tuesday, Jonathan Spira, Frequent Business Traveler’s editorial director, announced the winners.  The awards honor the world’s top hotel groups, airlines, car rental agencies, travel websites, and more.  …

United Reports Flat Traffic for June, But Q2 Prasm is Up

United Reports Flat Traffic for June, But Q2 Prasm is Up

United Airlines announced operational results for June 2014.  The Chicago-based carrier said its consolidated traffic was virtually unchanged year-over-year, while its consolidated capacity increased 0.8%.  The airline’s consolidated load factor was down 0.6 points compared to June 2013.
Total system traffic was 19.12 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, unchanged from June 2013.  Meanwhile, total capacity was up by 0.8% to 21.96 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 21.79 billion …

United to Outsource Over 600 Jobs at 12 U.S. Airports

United to Outsource Over 600 Jobs at 12 U.S. Airports

United Airlines said it would outsource over 600 jobs as part of overall cost-cutting efforts.
The move will impact employees at 12 U.S. airports.  Starting October 1, the positions, which include check-in agents, baggage handlers, and customer service representatives, will go to contractors who will hire and manage the workers at a lower cost to United.  The airports that will be impacted by the move include Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Detroit …

Great Moments in Travel History – July 2014

A United Airlines 767

On July 10, 1887, the Grand Hotel opened on Mackinac Island, Michigan.  The property, a National Historic Landmark, boasts of having the world’s largest porch.  Over the years, the hotel has hosted a variety of notable guests, including Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, five U.S. Presidents (Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton), Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.
Amelia Earheart, the …

Storm Snarls Flights, Causes Over 5,000 Delays

Storm Snarls Flights, Causes Over 5,000 Delays

A storm that brought high winds and localized flooding to the Chicagoland area Monday caused massive flight delays and cancellations across the nation.
As of 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 647 flights had been cancelled in the United States, with a further 5,117 delayed according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.
Hardest hit was Chicago O’Hare, which posted over 440 cancellations in and out of the airport.  Over 1,000 flights there saw delays.
Airports …