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United to Enhance Domestic First-Class In-Flight Menus, Expand Offerings to Shorter Flights

United to Enhance Domestic First-Class In-Flight Menus, Expand Offerings to Shorter Flights

United Airlines announced it will introduce new in-flight menu options for first- and business-class passengers on North American flights this fall.  In addition, the airline said it begin to offer premium-cabin menu items on shorter flights beginning next year.
On September 1, United will start serving new sandwiches and wraps in first- and business-class cabins on North American flights.  New offerings will include Italian prosciutto on tomato focaccia, Thai-style chicken wrap, …

United Commits to Keeping Hub in Denver

United Commits to Keeping Hub in Denver

United Airlines announced that it has extended its lease with Denver International Airport through the year 2035, and said it will maintain its hub operations at the airport at least until that time.  Airport officials said that the agreement will allow DIA to restructure its debt, as well as allow United to cut back on the number of non-gate facilities it pays for.
The airline had originally signed a 30-year lease …

United Airlines Traffic, Capacity Up in July

United Airlines Traffic, Capacity Up in July

United Airlines announced operational results for July 2014.  The airline’s consolidated traffic and capacity increased for the month, while its passenger load factor decreased.
Total system traffic was 19.898 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 1% from 19.692 billion RPMs in July 2013.  Capacity also rose by 1.6% year-over-year to 22.950 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 22.581 billion last year.
Meanwhile, passenger load factor decreased by …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: August 2, 2014

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As another weekend quickly approaches, we bring to you the most important highlights from the past week.  Don’t forget to take a look at these engaging and informative news and features before you head to the beach this weekend:
1.) Jonathan Spira paid a visit to the health-conscious Even Hotel Rockville in Rockville, Maryland, earlier this week.  Join Jonathan as he enjoys a tasty but nourishing breakfast, samples the hotel’s signature …

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

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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.  …