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United Airlines Reaches Buyout Agreement with Flight Attendants

United Airlines Reaches Buyout Agreement with Flight Attendants

United Airlines and the Association of Flight Attendants union announced a deal Monday that offers the majority of the airline’s 23,000 flight attendants a voluntary severance program with a large lump sum payment.
The carrier also announced it is recalling all 1,450 flight attendants who are currently on voluntary and involuntary furlough.
The Chicago-based airline said it will offer as much as $100,000 to cabin-crew members who apply for what it is …

Newark Liberty to Get $120 Million Upgrade

Newark Liberty to Get $120 Million Upgrade

Newark Liberty International Airport will get new dining and retail venues, as well as upgrades in technology for passengers as part of an 18-month renovation of the airport’s Terminal C.  The $120 million refurbishments will be undertaken by a partnership of United Airlines and OTG Management, an airport development company.
New venues will include more than 55 cafés, markets, and food and beverage outlets in 60 gate areas. The airport will …

United Reports Modest Increase in August Traffic and Capacity

United Reports Modest Increase in August Traffic and Capacity

United Airlines announced operational results for August 2014.  The airline’s consolidated traffic and capacity both increased slightly for the month, while its passenger load factor decreased.
Total system traffic was 19.54 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 0.1% from 19.51 billion in August 2013.  Total capacity also increased, up 0.2% year-over-year to 22.38 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 22.33 billion ASMs in the same month …

Boeing Delivers United’s First 787-9

Boeing Delivers United’s First 787-9

United Airlines announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  The carrier is the first North American airline to take delivery of the high-tech aircraft.
The plane is the first of 26 787-9s that the carrier has on order.
United will configure its 787-9 with 252 seats.  Forty-eight will be in United BusinessFirst, and 204 will be in economy, including 88 Economy Plus, the airline’s premium economy lite section.  …

To Recline, or Not to Recline On Flights, That is the Question

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A spate of reclining-seat incidents in the air has frequent and not-so-frequent flyers debating a rather Shakespearian question, namely whether it’s appropriate to recline one’s seatback on a plane.
While some airlines boast about how far their seats recline, not all passengers seem to think that their fellow flyers have the right to use the feature. (For that matter, several low-cost carriers including Allegiant and Spirit have seats that do not …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: August 30, 2014

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It’s a holiday weekend.  Time to catch up on some feature stories you may have missed during the week. Here are some selections for you to take a closer look at.
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco, California, where he explores the property’s new Nob Hill Club lounge and restaurant.
2.) Karin Sun reports on the sights to see, places to stay, and food to taste in the …

Photo Essay: How Your Airline Meal Is Prepared

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Love it or hate it, airline food is a popular topic of conversation amongst travelers.
In the earliest days of commercial aviation, airlines copied what others in the transportation industry, such as operators of rail service and passenger ships, were doing and offered food and drink.
Today, airline meals are big business but there are still real people in the kitchen chopping, mixing, sautéing, grilling, and garnishing what is served to you …