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[BBC News] United Continental is facing a challenge from two shareholders calling for changes to the airline’s board.

Altimeter and PAR said the airline has done little to improve performance

Altimeter and PAR said the airline has done little to improve performance

Altimeter and PAR said they would put forward six new board members for election at United’s annual meeting.

They blamed an “entrenched board” on the airline’s failure to make progress.

But United’s chairman Henry Meyer said the shareholders had ignored attempts the board had made to engage them.

Together Altimeter and PAR control 7.1% of United’s shares.

The investors object to United’s decision, on Monday, to expand the size of its board with three new members.

“Yesterday’s last-ditch effort – adding just three people to its now 15-person board – is a cynical attempt to preserve power by this entrenched board,” said Brad Gerstner chief executive of Altimeter.

United announced its chief executive officer Oscar Munoz will return to full time work on 14 March after recovering from a heart attack in October.

Read the full story here at BBC News……

 


BBC News
9th March, 2016


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[Daily Mail] The first ever Boeing 727, first revealed to the public in 1962, is set to fly again after sitting in a museum for the last 25 years.

A team of volunteers with a keen interest in aviation, and the skills to make a difference, have spent weeks restoring the United Airlines jetliner to its former glory.

A tentative date of March 1 has been pencilled in when the aircraft will rise from the tarmac once more

A tentative date of March 1 has been penciled in when the aircraft will rise from the tarmac once more

The plane was donated by United Airlines back in 1991 to the Museum of Flight’s Restoration Center at Paine Field, where it has been sat ever since.

The restoration of the iconic jet has been documented by aviation enthusiast and keen photographer Robert Bogash on his blog.

‘We are waking up an airplane that first flew 53 years ago, and that has been “sleeping” for the past 25 years,’ writes Mr Bogash.

‘But – especially for me – I began my affair with her 32 years ago – she is still an airplane that has the magic of flight embedded in her genes, and we intend to let her experience that magic one more time. And we will savour the…….

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MailOnline
Friday 26th February, 2016>



[Meridian] The world’s newest passenger plane, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its first crossing across the Atlantic from Heathrow in February.

The plane is set to revolutionise air travel with a host of new features.  Photo: United Continental Holdings

The plane is set to revolutionise air travel with a host of new features. Photo: United Continental Holdings

United Airlines will make the first flight from to Houston from Heathrow  in February. It will also fly from Amsterdam in December.

The Dreamliner was partly developed at Farmborough and some of its components are built in Hampshire, Dorset, Kent and Sussex.

Around one thousand are on order for the plane that burns less fuel and has many passenger benefits including bigger windows, more space and a new clean air system and lighting aimed at reducing jet lag.

Dreamliner cabin interior.  Photo: United Continental Holdings

Dreamliner cabin interior. Photo: United Continental Holdings

Qatar Airways also plan to operate a 787 from Heathrow later this year and both Virgin Atlantic and BA have ordered the plane.

Thomson will be the first UK airline to fly the plane from Gatwick early next year.

Read the original story at ITV News-Meridian…..


ITV News
30th Aug, 2012



[Independent] United Airlines passengers faced delays and massive queues today after some of its major computer systems and its website failed.

The glitch was another in a long string of technology problems that began when the US airline merged computer systems with Continental in March.  Photo: Wikipedia

The glitch was another in a long string of technology problems that began when the US airline merged computer systems with Continental in March. Photo: Wikipedia

United acknowledged at least 200 delayed flights after its passenger reservation system and website stopped working for about two-and-a-half hours last night, although the precise cause was not known.

The computer crash did not affect planes already in flight.

Passengers in several United hubs reported very long lines at ticket counters. During the outage it stopped sending planes to its hubs in Newark, New Jersey, and San Francisco.

Alex Belo was waiting at Newark to get on a flight to Mexico City. He considered himself lucky to be behind only 100 or so people waiting to check a bag – because there were another 300 to 400 behind him.

“The line is not moving, or very slowly moving. And they’re giving priority only to first class,” he said.

United said it would not charge the usual change fees for passengers on affected flights who want to cancel or rebook their tickets and apologised for the disruption.

Simon Duvall spent two hours sitting on his flight waiting for the computer problems to be resolved. People were calm but not happy, he said.

“We’re on a plane, on the tarmac in Las Vegas in the middle of August. It’s warm. It’s uncomfortable. It’s cramped,” he said.

United Continental Holdings has been struggling with computer issues since March, when it switched to…..

Read the full story at The Independent……

 


The Independent
29th Aug, 2012



[Bloomberg Business Week] Sorry for the inconvenience. United Airlines is experiencing technical difficulties.

That was the story in the first quarter for the world’s biggest airline. It lost $448 million as computer difficulties delayed flights, hurt bookings and frustrated passengers. A growing fuel bill didn’t help. And travel is usually weak in the first three months of the year.

United Airlines lost $448 million as computer difficulties delayed flights, hurt bookings and frustrated passengers

United Airlines lost $448 million as computer difficulties delayed flights, hurt bookings and frustrated passengers

To passengers, CEO Jeff Smisek apologized for poor customer service. To investors, he said the hiccups are mostly over and the computer integration that caused them should lead to more profits in the future.

“We weren’t able to deliver the level of customer service that we wanted and that our customers have come to expect,” he said on Thursday.

There was a bit of good news. On an adjusted basis, United’s loss of 87 cents per share was actually less than analysts had feared.

United and Continental merged in 2010, but only in the last few months did they combine frequent-flier accounts and retire Continental’s name from tickets and airport signs.

Behind the scenes, United combined two important, massive computer systems — one that helps it predict how many tickets it should sell, and another that tracks passenger information. The airline had practiced extensively for the switch, which Smisek called a “monumental task.”

Some parts went well. But others didn’t. One switchover on March 3 caused flight delays for several days. Customer frustration with upgrades and long waits to speak to United agents on the phone persisted for weeks.

To get ready for the switch, United overbooked fewer seats than…..

Read the full story at Bloomberg Business Post….


JOSHUA FREED
The Associated PressApril 26, 2012



A jetliner in San Francisco bound for London Heathrow was struck by lightning Thursday night, causing the United Airlines plane to return to the airport, officials said.

A United Airlines 777 bound for Heathrow was struck by lightning Thursday night, causing the United Airlines plane to return to San Francisco

A United Airlines 777 bound for Heathrow was struck by lightning Thursday night, causing the United Airlines plane to return to San Francisco

None of the 258 passengers on the Boeing 777 were injured, officials said. They did not say how far it was from San Francisco International Airport when it was struck.

The stormy weather that hit San Francisco is working its way to Southern California, where April showers were expected to continue as a cold front moved in from the Pacific, forecasters said Friday.

Following scattered showers Friday afternoon and evening, the storm is expected to hit the mountains, causing snow levels to drop as low as 3,500 feet.

“Anyone planning to drive north on Interstate 5 over the Grapevine is advised to check road conditions,” said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service….

Original story at the LA Times….


LA Times
April 13, 2012



United Airlines will depart Oakland International Airport in June, ending service to the Bay Area’s second-largest airport after 75 years.

"The financial performance of the flights has made the losses too great to allow us to continue the service,"

"The financial performance of the flights has made the losses too great to allow us to continue the service,"

United Airlines will depart Oakland International Airport in June, ending service to the Bay Area’s second-largest airport after 75 years.

Christen David, a United spokeswoman, said the airline’s final flights will depart and arrive in Oakland on June 3. The airline flies just one route – 11 flights a week to and from Denver – and not enough passengers are flying United.

“The financial performance of the flights has made the losses too great to allow us to continue the service,” she said.

While David would not discuss specifics, federal aviation statistics show that United’s flights out of Oakland were 86 percent full, said airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes.

“United’s been our partner for such a long time,” she said. “While they’re a small percentage of our service, they are a global brand, and we’re disappointed to lose them as a partner.”

Passengers who have already booked flights on United will be contacted by the airline and rebooked out of San Francisco or San Jose, which continue to offer direct Denver flights, or given refunds, David said. Passengers will still be able to reach Denver from Oakland, Barnes said, since Southwest Airlines offers 28 weekly flights.

While Oakland is losing United service, Barnes said, it is gaining service on other airlines. Alaska Airlines will add daily service to a fourth Hawaiian destination – Honolulu – on Tuesday, and Allegiant Air, which serves three cities from Oakland, will add seven domestic destinations at the end of the month. In June, ArkeFly, a Dutch airline, will begin twice-weekly flights between Oakland and Amsterdam.

 

Read the original story at AviationPros.com


Michael Cabanatuan
Source:The San Francisco Chronicle



DENVER — There are questions about the actions of an air traffic controller at Denver International Airport, when a pilot made an emergency landing because smoke was filling the cabin.

It happened on a United Airlines flight from Peoria, Illinois on Tuesday

It happened on a United Airlines flight from Peoria, Illinois on Tuesday. Once the plane came to a stop, passengers evacuated the plane and were eventually picked up by a bus along the runway..

A scary situation, and emergency equipment had not arrived yet, even though the pilot had asked for it before landing.

The pilot declared an emergency, but audio tapes of communications between the pilot and tower show everyone did not understand the seriousness of the situation. Play the video clip above to hear the communications between the pilot and the tower.

United Flight 5912 was inbound to Denver during snowy weather when the pilot first asked permission to land. Pilot: “… Clear to land 34 Right 5912 …” That’s one of the runways at DIA.

Someone in the tower cleared the plane and within the next few minutes the pilot declared on emergency on his jet. There was smoke in the cockpit.

The pilot asked for emergency equipment to be waiting, but that never happened. When the plane lands, it’s clear on the the audio tape that controllers are still unaware there was an emergency on board Flight 5912. In fact, a controller asked the pilot to hurry off the runway. Controller: “United 12 if you could help me out minimum time on the runway…”

The problem is that the controller never rolled emergency equipment to help the pilot as he requested, even though it’s clear in the communication he needs it. Pilot: “…(inaudible) We’ll be evacuating! We’ll be evacuating 34 Right!” He’s heard saying in a very excited voice.

At one point the controller even calls the plane by the wrong flight number… calling it “12″ instead of “5912.” Controller: “… 12 … verify that wasn’t you…”  “…240 go around…”

The panic continues.

Pilot: “…(inaudible) We’re evacuating … uh, lots of smoke in the cabin!” Controller: “…5912 the equipment is on the way.”

Nineteen passengers on board the plane evacuated safely. One of them was injured. The extent of that person’s injuries haven’t been released.

The National Transportation Board is investigating the incident.

Full story at Fox 31 Denver…. 


Posted April 5, 2012,
by David Mitchell and Justin Joseph



(Reuters) – Pinnacle Airlines Corp (PNCL.O) filed for bankruptcy protection late on Sunday, as the U.S. regional airline fell victim to high fuel prices and dampened travel demand that has negatively impacted some of the major players in the industry.

The U.S. regional airline fell victim to high fuel prices and dampened travel demand

The U.S. regional airline fell victim to high fuel prices and dampened travel demand

In the past, upon facing financial trouble, United Continental Holdings Inc’s (UAL.N) United Airlines and Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) have taken the Chapter 11 route to cut costs and later found merger partners. AMR Corp, the parent of American Airlines, had also filed for bankruptcy late last year.

In a filing with a U.S. bankruptcy court, Pinnacle said it seeks to resolve its operational and financial difficulties through the Chapter 11 process. It also seeks to implement a turnaround plan by cutting costs and restructuring certain agreements with major airlines.

Pinnacle is a regional airline headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee that provides transportation between hubs and smaller outlying cities for passengers ticketed by major carriers. At present, Pinnacle’s primary customer is Delta Air Lines, with additional flying currently provided to United Airlines and, to a much lesser extent, US Airways.

In light of high fuel costs and weak travel demand, Pinnacle said major carriers have aggressively cut costs and decreased capacity.

“The result has been a race to the bottom, as the debtors and other regional airlines have been forced to bid ever-lower rates and accept increasingly unfavorable contract terms to win the business of major carriers,” Pinnacle said in the filing. The regional airline said it had received a commitment for $74.3 million of debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from Delta Air Lines that would help it to carry out normal operations……

 

Full story from Reuters here……


Mon Apr 2, 2012
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