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United Airlines Unveils Upgrade to App with Upgrade Notification Feature

United Airlines Unveils Upgrade to App with Upgrade Notification Feature

United Airlines announced the release of version 3.0.43 of its smartphone app, adding several new features including a new notification feature that lets travelers know when a seat has been assigned or an upgrade has been processed.
To use the notification feature, the passenger must have the United app installed and sign up for day-of-travel notifications.  United will send such notifications via a text message or e-mail so either can be …

United Airlines Issues Layoff Notices to 36,000 Workers

United Airlines Issues Layoff Notices to 36,000 Workers

United Airlines warned 36,000 employees, approximately 45% of its customer-facing workforce, of impending layoffs that would happen on or after October 1 of this year.
Flight attendants and gate agents account for 26,000 of the 36,000.
“After months of aggressive cost-cutting and proactive capital-raising, today we updated employees about a topic we’ve always dreaded and the action that was always a last resort in the context of this COVID-19 pandemic: involuntary furloughs,” …

United Airlines to Increase Domestic Flying in August by 48%

United Airlines to Increase Domestic Flying in August by 48%

United Airlines said it plans to operate 48% of its August domestic schedule compared to the same period in 2019, versus 30% in July.
The August 2020 schedule will be triple that of June.
All U.S. airlines severely curtained the number of flights they operated amidst the coronavirus pandemic, in some cases operating as little as 5% of their normal schedules.
The Chicago-based airline said it will add 600 daily non-stops and focus …

United Airlines to Restart Flights to China

United Airlines to Restart Flights to China

United Airlines said it would resume its service from San Francisco International Airport to Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on July 8, 2020.
The airline will operate the service, which will include a stop in Seoul, using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Return flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays.
Calling it a “point of pride,” the airline said that “resuming service to Shanghai from the United States is a significant …

Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United Agree to Common Wellness Assessment

Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United Agree to Common Wellness Assessment

Seven U.S. airlines agreed Monday on a common set of coronavirus-related health and wellness procedures for passengers.
The list of carriers includes Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, and United.
The airlines will require all passengers to complete a “health acknowledgement” in the course of checking in for a flight. The acknowledgement will cover that a face covering must be worn, that the passenger does not have a fever (100.4° F or …

United Airlines Makes Fever Thermometers a Mandatory Uniform Item

United Airlines Makes Fever Thermometers a Mandatory Uniform Item

United Airlines said it would require crewmembers to carry with them a personal fever thermometer to facilitate their individual wellness checks each day.
“The thermometer is part of our self-assessment requirements in our continued efforts to help ensure a safe travel experience for our customers and employees,” the airline said in a statement.
Airlines began to roll out temperature and wellness checks in April, after flying plummeted amidst the pandemic.
The Chicago-based airline …

United Airlines to Raise $3 Billion Secured by Frequent-Flyer Program and Other Assets

United Airlines to Raise $3 Billion Secured by Frequent-Flyer Program and Other Assets

United Airlines said that its two Mileage Plus-related subsidiaries will commence a private offering in the aggregate amount of $3 billion of senior secured notes due in 2027.
The funds will help the airline weather the downturn in travel precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The nation’s second biggest carrier had said it requires additional funds “as the airline navigates the most disruptive financial crisis in the history of aviation,” it said in …