Tag Archives: United Airlines

American And United To Furlough 32,000 Workers

Reuters reports: American Airlines and United Airlines, two of the largest U.S. carriers, said they were beginning furloughs of over 32,000 workers on Thursday as hopes faded for a last-minute bailout from Washington. Both airlines told employees, however, in memos seen by Reuters on Wednesday that they stood ready to reverse the furloughs, which affect about 13% of their workforces …

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United To Offer Rapid COVID Tests To Passengers

USA Today reports: United Airlines says it will roll out a new COVID-19 testing program for passengers beginning Oct. 15, the Chicago-based carrier announced Thursday. At first, testing will only be available for passengers traveling to Hawaii from San Francisco International Airport. Why Hawaii? The airline, the first in the U.S. to offer rapid testing, has more flights to the …

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United Permanently Drops $200 Ticket Change Fee

CNBC reports: It’s time to say goodbye to the $200 ticket-change fee. United Airlines on Sunday said that it will permanently scrap fees to change domestic flights, a big bet that more flexible policies will win over much-needed customers as the pain from the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on air travel continue to mount. It’s a page from the playbook of …

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United May Furlough Half Of US Workforce In October

The Chicago Tribune reports: United Airlines is warning 36,000 employees — nearly half its U.S. workforce — they could be furloughed in October, the clearest signal yet of how deeply the coronavirus outbreak is hurting the airline industry. The outlook for a recovery in air travel has dimmed in just the past two weeks, as infection rates rise in much …

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United: Mask Refusers Will Get Put On No Fly List

USA Today reports: United Airlines is doubling down on its mandatory mask policy. The airline announced Monday that any passenger who refuses to comply with its mask requirement will be placed on an “internal travel restriction list,” starting Thursday. “Customers on this list will lose their travel privileges on United for a duration of time to be determined pending a …

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United Passengers Must Complete Health Questionnaire

The Washington Post reports: First face masks and now health questionnaires. United Airlines on Wednesday became at least the second U.S. carrier to ask travelers to answer questions about their health status before they fly. It’s all part of a strategy to ease the mind of travelers concerned about flying in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic. United’s “Ready-to-Fly” …

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United Only Has Work For 12% Of Flight Attendants

Reuters reports: United Airlines Holdings Inc has told staff that it only has work for about 3,000 of its about 25,000 flight attendants in June, sources said, and warned of job losses if demand does not recover by the time government payroll aid expires in the fall. United is paying flight attendants until Sept. 30 thanks largely to $5 billion …

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United Cuts Flights Into Newark And LaGuardia By 90%

NewJersey.com reports: United Airlines has made a temporary, but significant, change to the number of flights out of Newark and LaGuardia airports as a way to limit the number of employees needed at the two locations during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Starting Sunday, United will go from having 139 daily flights out of Newark to 15 and will cut the …

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United CEO: Virus Impact Is Worse For Us Than 9/11

The Hill reports: United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz is telling top lawmakers that the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on his industry is “much worse” than that experienced from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “We unequivocally support prudent steps like these to keep the American people safe. But, these actions have also created a fast-moving, financial crisis unlike anything the …

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Disruption About Sneezing Flier Spurs Plane Diversion

The Associated Press reports: A commercial flight from Colorado ski country to Newark, New Jersey made an unscheduled stop in Denver after several passengers became disruptive because they were seated next to someone who they thought was sick, officials said. Three passengers failed to follow crewmember instructions after growing upset about being seated next to the supposedly sick passenger. The …

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United Airlines Cuts Flights Due To Slowing Demand

CNBC reports: United Airlines announced deep cuts to its schedule next month amid the global coronavirus outbreak and slowing demand. The airline will cut international flights by 20% and domestic flights by 10%. Some wide-body planes will be parked, the company said Wednesday. United shares fell after its announcement but later recovered from the lows of the day, and were …

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Cellphone Charger Fire Prompts Emergency Landing

USA Today reports: An United Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing after a “thermal runaway event.” Flight 1456 from Newark, New Jersey, to Nassau, Bahamas, diverted to Daytona Beach Airport Wednesday after a phone battery charger caught fire mid-flight, the airport confirmed on Twitter. The fire was contained to a passenger’s bag and placed inside a fire retardant …

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Airlines To Trump: Don’t Use Us To Fly Migrant Children

Axios reports: American Airlines and United Airlines have cautioned the Trump administration against using their planes to transport immigrant children separated from their families — repudiating Trump’s controversial “zero tolerance” that had triggered widespread outrage. The airlines’ requests came as Trump said Wednesday he will sign an executive order “in a little while” that would end his administration’s separation of …

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United Bans Dozens Of Dog Breeds From Cargo Hold

The Los Angeles Times reports: In response to the controversial death of a dog on a United Airlines flight in March, the carrier is overhauling its pet travel policy, including banning the transport of dozens of breeds of dogs and cats in the cargo compartment. Passengers can still bring small pets, including many of the breeds banned in cargo, into …

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United Airlines Ditches NRA Discount Program

The Hill reports: United Airlines announced Saturday that it would eliminate a discount program for the National Rifle Association, following in the footsteps of competitor Delta Airlines and a host of other companies that have cut ties with the gun group in recent days. In a statement posted to its Twitter account, United said it would no longer offer a …

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United Airlines Settles With Dragged Passenger

The Los Angeles Times reports: United Airlines has settled with Dr. David Dao over the injuries he received when dragged off a United flight this month, Dao’s attorneys announced Thursday. Under the terms reached by the airline and Dao, the amount of the settlement will remain confidential, according to the lawyers. Dao’s attorneys have said he suffered a broken nose …

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United CEO: No Firings Over Passenger Dragging

CNBC reports: United Continental CEO Oscar Munoz said Tuesday that no one will be fired for the airline’s recent debacle involving a passenger being dragged off an overbooked flight. “The buck stops here. And I’m sure there was lots of conjecture about me personally,” the apologetic CEO said on the company’s earnings call Tuesday. “Again, it was a system failure …

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POLL: 44% Would Pay More Not To Fly United

The Morning Consult reports: People are so mad at United Airlines that more than 40 percent of those who have heard about the airline recently also say they would pay more money and endure a layover to avoid flying with the company. Public outrage started after a video emerged showing police dragging a passenger off a flight Sunday to make …

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UNITED FALLOUT: Delta To Offer Passengers Up To $10,000 To Give Up Seats On Overbooked Flights

The Associated Press reports: Delta is giving airport employees permission to offer passengers up to almost $10,000 in compensation to give up their seats on overbooked flights. Delta’s move comes as United Airlines struggles to recover from images of a passenger’s forced removal from a sold-out flight. In an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press, Delta says gate agents …

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United Airlines CEO Refuses To Resign, Says Cops Will No Longer Be Used To Remove Passengers [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: United Airlines will no longer use law enforcement officers to remove overbooked passengers from aircraft in the wake of a video that showed a Chicago passenger dragged from one of its flights on Sunday. “We’re not going to put a law enforcement official… to remove a booked, paid, seated passenger,” United Continental Holdings Inc Chief Executive Officer Oscar …

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