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United Airlines CEO Munoz to Step Down Next Spring

United Airlines CEO Munoz to Step Down Next Spring

United Airlines announced that its current CEO, Oscar Munoz, will relinquish that role next spring and will become executive chairman of the airline’s board of directors.  The airline simultaneously announced the appointment of Scott Kirby, who currently serves as president, to the position of CEO.
Kirby was recruited from rival American Airlines three years ago.
“With United in a stronger position than ever, now is the right time to begin the process …

United Airlines Places $7 Billion Order for Long-Range Airbus A321 Jets

United Airlines Places $7 Billion Order for Long-Range Airbus A321 Jets

United Airlines and Airbus announced a firm order for 50 Airbus A321XLR aircraft late Tuesday.
The Chicago-based airline intends to use the planes for a North Atlantic expansion from its hubs in New York and Washington, D.C.
“The new Airbus A321XLR aircraft is an ideal one-for-one replacement for the older, less-efficient aircraft currently operating between some of the most vital cities in our intercontinental network,” said Andrew Nocella, the airline’s chief commercial …

United Airlines to Donate Up to 10 Million Miles on Giving Tuesday

United Airlines to Donate Up to 10 Million Miles on Giving Tuesday

United Airlines is celebrating Giving Tuesday with a pledge of up to ten million MileagePlus miles to non-profit organizations that are part of Miles on a Mission.
Introduced in October, Miles on a Mission is a new way in which members of the airline’s MileagePlus frequent-flyer program can support non-profit groups.  It is a crowdsourcing platform that allows MileagePlus members to donate earned miles to non-profits and charities that have registered …

Clear Security Lanes Arrive at Chicago O’Hare Airport

Clear Security Lanes Arrive at Chicago O’Hare Airport

United Airlines announced the opening of Clear lanes at Chicago O’Hare International Airport late Tuesday.
United took a stake in Clear in July, although neither company would release the size of the investment.  Delta Air Lines also holds a stake in Clear.
Operated by Clear, the service promises no more than a five-minute wait at a security checkpoint. Clear uses biometrics including fingerprint and iris identification technology to confirm a traveler’s identity at …

United Airlines to Offer Jet Lag App to Travelers

United Airlines to Offer Jet Lag App to Travelers

United Airlines said it will offer members of its MileagePlus frequent-flyer program complimentary subscriptions to TimeShifter, an app that helps travelers combat jet lag,
The app, introduced in 2018, uses research in sleep and circadian neuroscience and was developed in partnership with an expert in circadian rhythms at Harvard Medical School, Steven Lockley.
“We want to do everything we can to help improve the experience of traveling across time zones,” said Luc …

Boeing Updates Guidance on 737 Max, Jet May Fly Again in January

Boeing Updates Guidance on 737 Max, Jet May Fly Again in January

Saying it is  “confident the MAX will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly,” Boeing indicated Monday that it hopes to begin deliveries of 737 Max aircraft to airlines before the end of 2019 even if the Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t at that point approved new pilot training procedures, adding it expects a return to commercial service for the 737 in January.
The company identified five “key milestones” that …

American Airlines, Southwest Extend Boeing 737 Max Cancellations Through March

American Airlines, Southwest Extend Boeing 737 Max Cancellations Through March

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, two of the three major operators of the beleaguered Boeing 737 Max aircraft, announced that they have delayed the restarting flights of the aircraft until March 2020.
The move means that the plane will have been grounded for almost a year at that point if, in fact, it is cleared for flights at that time.
American set the date to restart 737 Max operations as March 5, …