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United Airlines Quarterly Profit Drops 52%

United Airlines Quarterly Profit Drops 52%

United Airlines announced financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016, as well as for the entire year.
Net income for the quarter fell to $397 million, down 52% year over year from $823 million in the same period last year.
Meanwhile, net income for 2016 was $2.3 billion, a decrease of 70% from the prior year.
Revenue for the quarter was up slightly, by 0.2%, to $9.1 billion for the quarter, while …

United Takes Delivery of First Boeing 777-300, ‘New Spirit of United’

United Takes Delivery of First Boeing 777-300, ‘New Spirit of United’

United Airlines announced that it took delivery of its very first Boeing 777-300ER.
The aircraft, which the carrier has named the “New Spirit of United,” will be the first to feature the new Polaris business-class cabin, with fully lie-flat seats with direct-aisle access as well as amenities such as Saks Fifth Avenue pillows and blankets and a brand-new Polaris menu.
The plane is scheduled to begin service next month. United expects have …

Lobby Bar – January 13: New Driving Safety Standards, Whiskey on Tap Tap, and Shrubbery Take Charge

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Rise of the machines. A California law that went into effect at the beginning of this year bars drivers from holding and operating a handheld electronic device while driving. Unfortunately, cars are so technologically advanced that a federal ruling in late December classified all cars as handheld electronic devices, which means that drivers in California are not allowed to touch the …

United Airlines to Trim Management Ranks

United Airlines to Trim Management Ranks

United Airlines, the nation’s third largest carrier, said Wednesday it plans to eliminate some management positions as part of a larger restructuring program.
The Chicago-based airline does not, however, plan to cut any customer-facing positions, such as flight attendants, pilots, gate agents, and customer service personnel.
The cuts will only affect a “small number” of management employees according to a statement from airline spokesman Megan McCarthy.
Earlier on Wednesday, United said it plans to accelerate the …

United Accelerates Boeing 747 Retirement to End of 2017

United Accelerates Boeing 747 Retirement to End of 2017

United Airlines, which originally had announced it would retire its Boeing 747 jumbo jet fleet by the end of 2018, now plans to operate its last 747 flight at the end of 2017.
The move was announced in a letter to employees from Scott Kirby, the airline’s new president.
Noting that the Queen of the Skies represented “state-of-the-art” air travel when it was introduced, he wrote that there are now more efficient …

United Airlines and Saks Fifth Avenue Celebrate Partnership with Special Window Display

United Airlines and Saks Fifth Avenue Celebrate Partnership with Special Window Display

NEW YORK—United Airlines and Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled a special window display at the department store’s Fifth Avenue location Tuesday evening as part of their partnership in the new United Polaris business-class offering.
Passers by can view the artistic endeavor, entitled “Now Arriving,” which features a United Airlines aircraft fuselage and a new Polaris cabin interior, complete with fashionably attired passengers, the new Polaris seats, the Saks Fifth Avenue bedding that …

United Airlines to Debut Polaris Cabin on Boeing 777-300ER

United Airlines to Debut Polaris Cabin on Boeing 777-300ER

United Airlines said Friday it plans to introduce its new Polaris business-class cabin on its first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The first 777-300ER is slated to enter the fleet in February 2017.
The recently unveiled Polaris cabin will feature new fully lie-flat business-class seats with direct-aisle access as well as the amenities such as Saks Fifth Avenue pillows and blankets and a brand-new Polaris menu.
United, which expects a total of 14 777-300ERS in …