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United Airlines Names Brett Hart as President

United Airlines Names Brett Hart as President

United Airlines announced the appointment of Brett J. Hart, the company’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, to the position of president of United Airlines Holdings.
The appointment is effective May 20, 2020, at which time Scott Kirby, the current president, will become CEO in keeping with the previously announced succession plan that also places current CEO Oscar Munoz in the position of executive chairman.
May 20 is the company’s annual …

Airlines Want the TSA to Check for Fevers, But This May Just Serve as Window Dressing

Will temperature checks for passengers be part of the so-called “new normal” when people begin to travel once again?
An industry group representing major U.S. airlines including the four largest U.S. carriers, American, United, Delta, and Southwest, thinks so.
Airlines for America said Saturday that its members support having the Transportation Security Administration take the temperatures of travelers and customer-facing airline employees for the duration of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Health officials believe …

United Expected to Trim 30% of White-Collar Jobs

United Expected to Trim 30% of White-Collar Jobs

United Airlines said it plans to reduce the number of management and administrative employees by 30% come October according to a memorandum sent to employees of the company that was made available to Frequent Business Traveler.
The Chicago-based airline, along with every major airline in the country, is grappling with the fallout from an unprecedented drop in demand for travel amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
The move will impact approximately 3,500 workers.
“We have …

United Airlines Posts First Quarter Loss of $1.7 Billion in ‘Worst Financial Crisis in Aviation History’

United Airlines Posts First Quarter Loss of $1.7 Billion in ‘Worst Financial Crisis in Aviation History’

United Airlines announced financial results for the first quarter of 2020.
The Chicago-based airline recorded a loss of $1.7 billion compared to a $292 million profit in the same period in 2019.  Revenue was $8 billion, down 19% year over year.
The loss was its biggest since 2008.
“We will not hesitate to make difficult decisions we believe will ensure the long term success of our company,” said the airline’s CEO, Oscar Munoz.  …

Are Face Masks for Passengers the Future of Air Travel?

Planning to wear a face mask on your next flight? You won’t be alone.  Across the globe, as the novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc, airline personnel and travelers are donning masks, both voluntarily and due to government regulation.
Although air travel today is a pale imitation of what it was in February, experts and industry leaders expect people to return to the skies once the coronavirus pandemic is under control. …

United Airlines to Require Flight Attendants to Don Masks

United Airlines to Require Flight Attendants to Don Masks

United Airlines said that it was requiring flight attendants to wear face coverings while on duty, effective immediately.
The policy calls for facemasks or other types of face coverings.
The airline is provisioning 20 masks on each of its aircraft used for domestic flights and 40 on those used for international service.  Because of the shortage of masks, it won’t be restocking masks for each flight so crewmembers will be expected to …

United Airlines Reports $2.1 Billion First-Quarter Loss

United Airlines Reports $2.1 Billion First-Quarter Loss

United Airlines announced financial results for the first quarter of 2020, the first major airline to offer detailed financial information for the period.
The Chicago-based airline said revenue fell to $8 billion, down 17% compared to the same period in 2019. On an adjusted basis, United said it had a roughly $1 billion loss in the quarter.
The nation’s third largest carrier said it expects to borrow up to $4.5 billion from …