Tag Archives: United Airlines

Man Tries To Breach Cockpit, Opens Emergency Slide

NBC News reports: A man tried to breach the cockpit of a United Express flight Friday night and after being unsuccessful, he opened the cabin door and fled the aircraft via the emergency slide at LAX, according to officials. In a statement from SkyWest, they confirmed that no one onboard the aircraft was injured, and that the aircraft was able …

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United CEO Warns Of Looming Pilot Shortage [VIDEO]

Axios reports: United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby tells “Axios on HBO” that America could be headed toward a pilot shortage, because “the military produces far fewer pilots today than they did in the Cold War era.” Why it matters: The U.S. travel industry is roaring back, with leisure air travel exceeding pre-pandemic levels, and now must protect itself from future …

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United Launches Flights For Vax Proof Sweepstakes

Just in via press release: United Airlines is offering its loyalty program members the chance to win free flights for a year’s worth of travel, in support of the Biden administration’s national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination. Under the terms of the “Your Shot to Fly” sweepstakes, any new or existing MileagePlus® member who uploads …

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DOJ: United To Pay $49 Million In USPS Fraud Case

Via press release from the Justice Department: United Airlines Inc. (United), the world’s third largest airline, has agreed to pay over $49 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to fraud on postal service contracts for transportation of international mail. United entered into a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and agreed to pay $17,271,415 …

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United Grounds Boeing 777s After Engine Failure

CBS News reports: Federal aviation regulators are ordering United Airlines to step up inspections of all Boeing 777s equipped with the type of engine that suffered a catastrophic failure over Denver on Saturday. United said it is temporarily removing those aircraft from service. The announcements came a day after United Airlines Flight 328 had to make an emergency landing at …

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Coroner Confirms Man On United Flight Died Of COVID

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: A United Airlines passenger who collapsed on a flight from Orlando to Los Angeles died of the coronavirus, a coroner’s report confirms. United Flight 591 was diverted to New Orleans on Dec. 14. The airline said the man’s wife was overheard telling an emergency medical technician that he had shown symptoms of COVID-19, including loss …

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United Workers Quarantine After In-Flight COVID Death

The New York Times reports: United Airlines said on Friday that it was working with health officials to contact passengers who might have been exposed to the coronavirus by a male passenger who died after a medical emergency on a recent flight. The four flight attendants who responded to the emergency on board the flight, United 591, also went into …

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United Airlines Pledges To Eliminate Emissions By 2050

The Verge reports: This week, United Airlines pledged to completely eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. To make good on that promise, the company says it will invest in emerging technologies that capture planet-heating carbon dioxide from the air. It also plans to continue powering its flights with sustainable aviation fuel. United is the latest airline to respond to …

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United Launches Charter Flights To Ship Pfizer Vaccine

The Hill reports: United Airlines on Friday commenced charter flights to send doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine candidates to prepare for distribution, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal that cited people familiar with the matter. In a statement to The Hill, the Federal Aviation Administration said it was “supporting the first mass air shipment of …

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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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