United is cutting 29 cities this summer indefinitely because its partner Skywest Airlines doesn't have enough pilots to fly the routes — see the full list
United Airlines' contractor SkyWest Airlines gave a 90-day notice to the Department of Transportation on Thursday that it is exiting 29 airports.news.yahoo.com
Biden administration officially withdraws vaccine rule
The Biden administration has officially withdrawn a rule that would have required workers at big companies to get vaccinated or face regular COVID testing requirements. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed the withdrawal Tuesday. In early November, OSHA announced a vaccine-or-test mandate for companies with at least 100 employees.news.yahoo.com
United Airlines flight to Israel turns back to US mid-flight after 2 passengers who assigned themselves seats in business class started a 'riot,' reports say
Two passengers became 'disruptive' when staff on a New York to Tel Aviv flight asked them to prove they had business class tickets, per Israeli media.news.yahoo.com
United cuts flights as about 3,000 workers call out sick from Covid
Travelers push their luggage past baggage claim inside the United Airlines terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during the holiday season as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Omicron variant threatens to increase case numbers in Los Angeles, California, U.S. December 22, 2021. United Airlines is trimming its schedule to address a surge in sick calls among employees, CEO Scott Kirby told employees. United has about 3,000 workers out sick with Covid, he said, which is about 4% of its workforce. The pilots' union said sick calls among aviators was at a record. American Airlines said it would do the same this week as Covid rates climbed among regional carriers.cnbc.com
United Airlines ends flights from Kalamazoo airport
KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI — United Airlines is no longer flying from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. The airline ended its service in Kalamazoo at the start of January, United Airlines spokesperson Charles Hobart said in an email. American Airlines and Delta are the only carriers flying in and out of Kalamazoo, according to the airport’s website. While the news is disappointing, United Airlines is only 18% of the airport’s market, Williams said. United Airlines previously paused flights in and out of Kalamazoo, for three months in 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.mlive.com
US air travel rises to highest levels yet since pandemic hit
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)Across the United States, air travel is recovering more quickly from the depths of the pandemic, and it is showing up in longer airport security lines and busier traffic on airline websites. "Our last three weeks have been the best three weeks since the pandemic hit, and each week has been better than the one prior,” American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said Monday. However, the airlines still have far to go before travel fully returns to pre-pandemic levels. Since the pandemic hit, air travel has picked up a few times — mostly around holidays — only to drop back down. The airline said people are booking leisure trips to beach and mountain destinations but business travel is still lagging.
Airline stocks rally, American cites plan to pay off loan
FILE- This Dec. 19, 2017, file photo shows the American Airlines logo on top of the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Airline stocks rose Monday, March 8, 2021 spurred by signs that vaccine rollouts could set up a rebound in travel later this year. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)FORT WORTH, Texas – Airline stocks rose Monday, spurred by signs that vaccine rollouts could set up a rebound in travel later this year. American Airlines, meanwhile, announced plans to raise $7.5 billion by borrowing against its frequent-flyer program and using the funds to pay off a federal loan that it received nearly a year ago, in the early days of the pandemic. Shares of American Airlines ended Monday up 5%.
Airline IT provider hacked, frequent flyer data breached
he hack of a company that manages ticket-processing and frequent-flier data for major global airlines including Star Alliance and OneWorld members has compromised the personal data of an unspecified number of travelers. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)BOSTON – The hack of a company that manages ticket-processing and frequent-flier data for major global airlines — including Star Alliance and OneWorld members — has compromised the personal data of an unspecified number of travelers. “The extent to which (frequent flyer alliances') individual airlines were affected varies from airline to airline,” SITA said in a statement. It said Malaysia Airlines, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific had either issued statements or reached out to frequent-flyer members about the hack. AdUnited Airlines said separately that the only customer data potentially accessed were names, frequent-flyer numbers and program status.
Exam finds multiple cracks in part of United jet's engine
This photo provided by The National Transportation Safety Board shows the damaged engine of United Airlines Flight 328. The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday, March 5, 2021 that a microscopic exam confirmed that a fan blade that snapped off had telltale signs of fatigue tiny cracks caused by wear and tear. The National Transportation Safety Board said the blade found “multiple fatigue fracture origins” on the inside surface of the hollow fan blade. The NTSB believes the failed blade then sheared off part of an adjacent fan blade. The affected planes are all used by United Airlines and by carriers in Japan and South Korea.
Airline CEOs, Biden officials consider green-fuel breaks
Airline officials are talking to the Biden administration about support for incentives to use cleaner fuels for airplanes. United Airlines said CEO Scott Kirby asked administration officials to support incentives for sustainable aviation fuel and technology to remove carbon from the atmosphere. A United Nations aviation group has concluded that biofuels will remain a tiny source of aviation fuel for several years. Some environmentalists would prefer the Biden administration to impose tougher emissions standards on aircraft rather than create breaks for biofuels. “We stand ready to work in partnership with the Biden administration.”
United will pay $49 million to settle air mail fraud case
FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, United Airlines employees work at ticket counters in Terminal 1 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. United Airlines will pay more than $49 million to settle criminal and civil accusations of defrauding the post office in the handling of international mail. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)United Airlines will pay more than $49 million to avoid criminal prosecution and settle civil charges of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service. AdIn 2019, American Airlines agreed to pay $22.1 million to settle similar allegations that it falsified information about international mail deliveries.
FAA grounds certain planes after engine failure over Denver
FILE - In this image taken from video, the engine of United Airlines Flight 328 is on fire after after experiencing a "right-engine failure" shortly after takeoff from Denver International Airport, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Denver. The order applies to airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney engines, which are used solely on Boeing 777s. The FAA's order applies to U.S. operators of airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, which are used solely on Boeing 777s. The order means fan blades will need to be shipped to Pratt & Whitney for thermal acoustic imaging tests, the company said in a statement. The previous inspection interval for Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines was 6,500 flight cycles.
EXPLAINER: Why a plane's engine exploded over Denver
In this image taken from video, the engine of United Airlines Flight 328 is on fire after after experiencing "a right-engine failure" shortly after takeoff from Denver International Airport, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Denver, Colo. He said fan blade pieces — including one found on a soccer field in a Denver suburb — will be examined Tuesday in a Pratt & Whitney laboratory. As a result, 69 planes and another 59 in storage were grounded in the U.S., Japan and South Korea, the only countries with planes using this particular engine. The last accident-related death on a U.S. airline flight occurred in 2018, when a broken fan blade triggered an engine breakup on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737. Hours before the Denver flight, a Boeing 747 cargo plane in the Netherlands suffered an engine failure that resulted in engine parts falling to the ground.
Boeing: 777s with engine that blew apart should be grounded
United is among the carriers that has grounded the planes. FAA Administrator Steve Dickson identified the focus on the stepped-up inspections as hollow fan blades unique to the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine model and used solely on Boeing 777s. In South Korea, Asiana Airlines grounded nine, seven of which were in service, and Korean Air said it grounded 16 aircraft, six of which are in service. The airline has said the plane had engine trouble after takeoff and returned to Naha. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways will stop operating a combined 32 planes with that engine, Nikkei reported.
FAA orders United to inspect Boeing 777s after emergency
(Hayden Smith via AP)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, as meanwhile Boeing recommended grounding aircraft with that model engine until the Federal Aviation. Pieces of the casing of the engine, a Pratt & Whitney PW4000, rained down on suburban neighborhoods. “We are working with these regulators as they take actions while these planes are on the ground and further inspections are conducted by Pratt & Whitney," it said in a statement issued Sunday. AdUnited is the only U.S. airline with the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 in its fleet, the FAA said.
United: Small electric air taxis will zip people to airports
United Airlines says it could be using small electric-powered aircraft to take customers to the airport within a few years. United said Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, that it will buy up to 200 small aircraft capable of helicopter-style takeoffs and landings from startup Archer. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)CHICAGO – United Airlines said Wednesday it will buy up to 200 small electric air taxis to help customers in urban areas get to the airport. United estimated the air taxis could shuttle people from Hollywood to Los Angeles International Airport at about half the carbon emissions per passenger. Chicago-based United portrayed the move as part of a broader plan to invest in technology behind cleaner modes of air travel.
United Airlines shares lose altitude after weak 1Q forecast
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, a United Airlines airplane takes off over another United plane on the runway at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. United also gave a slightly more pessimistic first-quarter outlook than rival Delta Air Lines did just last week. The January-through-March period is a slow time for air travel even in normal years, but United said first-quarter revenue will be down 65% to 70% from a year ago. That prediction was five points worse than Delta forecast and implied no real improvement over United’s fourth quarter. Except for around Thanksgiving and Christmas, U.S. air travel has stubbornly remained down more than 60% from a year earlier.
Asian stocks sink after China coronavirus resurgence
Asian stock markets retreated Friday after a resurgence of coronavirus infections in China and a rise in cases in Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)TOKYO – Asian stock markets retreated Friday after a resurgence of coronavirus infections in China and a rise in cases in Southeast Asia. South Korea advanced. Optimism about the rollout of coronavirus vaccines was dented by a spike in infections in China, where the disease had been under control. The Kospi in South Korea, where the increase in virus cases has slowed, advanced 0.5% to 3,179.49.
United Airlines posts $1.9 billion loss in pandemic-laden 4Q
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, a United Airlines airplane takes off over another United plane on the runway at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. United lost $7.1 billion in 2020, an amount exceeded only in 2005, when bankruptcy-related costs pushed the company to a $21 billion loss. That was worse than the $6.62 per share loss predicted, on average, by 19 analysts in a FactSet survey. Revenue tumbled to $3.41 billion, nearly matching the $3.42 billion that was forecast by analysts. Shares of United Airlines Holdings Inc. rose 1% to $45.18 in regular trading before the financial results were released.