Bloomberg is reporting that United is looking to covert previous widebody Boeing aircraft orders for 10 new 777-300ERs. “We are not currently considering purchasing incremental wide-body aircraft,” Megan McCarthy, a United spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. “We do, however, hold the ability to negotiate the substitution of certain aircraft types for other aircraft types as part… Read full article

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United Airlines said yesterday that they plan to offer regular commercial flights between Cuba and their Newark (EWR) and Houston (IAH) hubs. The announcement followed the Obama administration’s announcement that it would significantly loosen travel restrictions to Cuba beginning today. “We plan to serve Cuba, subject to government approvals, and look forward to doing so from our… Read full article

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Like last year, United is once again offering premium cabin customers commemorative tins, though this year the tins showcase overseas cities – London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Beijing, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, and Dubai. The tins are currently available until the end of March (unless United runs out before then). Beginning in April, special PGA Tour theme amenity… Read full article

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This is the photo of the “menacing” drawings and words etched inside the oil slick coating of a B747 engine that caused 13 UA flight attendants to get fired. They refused to work the flight after what they perceived as a safety threat. “Given the gravity of the risks involved — the lives of passengers and… Read full article

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Has anyone been to Newark (EWR) lately? They are trying to rob you of those miles!  I tend to stick to JFK and LGA, but on a visit last week to Newark I noticed United working especially hard to get me to spend my miles on food and beverages in the terminal. Terminal C has iPad tablets… Read full article

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“Today I spent almost four hours on the phone with United customer service and have spoken with three supervisors. At one point, we were told by a supervisor, Mark, that United had indeed erred and that he would rebook the flight for January 6 at no charge to us; however, we never received the promised… Read full article

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If you’re a flyertalk member or frequent United customer, you’ve probably heard of or even had a chance to meet United’s Captain Denny. He’s absolutely the best and happy to engage aviation and points geeks in conversation! He’s getting some additional mainstream recognition this week (he deserves it) in Fortune. I think the last articles I… Read full article

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Which carrier has the highest percentage of their fleet equipped with lie-flat seats, IFE, power, and Wifi among the big three – American, Delta, and United? After American’s $2 billion customer enhancement announcement earlier this month, Bloomberg compared each carrier’s offerings…note that these numbers do differ from the mod tracking threads on both flyertalk and airliners.net… Read full article

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United has released their updated summer 2015 schedule and there are significant changes to aircraft on long-haul routes, especially with upgauges at Newark (EWR). Courtesy of Airline Route: Chicago – Beijing eff 18AUG15 UA 777-200ER replaces 747-400, daily service. Note this adjustment may be tentative Hong Kong – Ho Chi Minh 03AUG15 – 01SEP15 Boeing… Read full article

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After a Moody’s analyst last week suggested that United reconsider its hub operations to improve its financial position, United is clarifying that they have “full confidence in IAH”. “Houston is a vital part of United’s network,” the airline said in a statement. “We’ve continued our commitment here and are excited about partnering with the Houston Airport… Read full article

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In response to yesterday’s post, “What’s Wrong with United Again”, which included a few of United’s second quarter revenue improvements, reader Mary Lillean shares an easily readable break-out of United’s extraordinary expenses for the same quarter.  Most interesting, the ERJ grounding costs, continued compensation costs related to system implementation, and the plan for significant special charges related… Read full article

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