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Bloomberg: United struggles with its computer system, canceling flights and stranding pilots

United Airlines (Chicago) is still struggling with merging the two companies and its computer system assigning flights with crews according to this report by Bloomberg. Almost 1,500 flights were cancelled since December 30, mostly due to severe weather. However some of the cancellations were due to a system which often crashed. The problems with crew scheduling started when the airline shifted its 10,200 pilots to the scheduling system used previously by Continental Airlines. Some of the information was apparently out of date, still showing retired or deceased pilots according to the report.

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Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-424 ER N66056 (msn 29451) departs from Brussels.

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United Airlines quietly retires two Boeing aircraft types in late May

United Airlines (Chicago) without any fanfare or publicity retired two classic Boeing types again in late May according to Airline Business. Former Continental Airlines Boeing 737-524 N62631 (msn 27535) operated the last Boeing 737-500 flight (UA 1705) between Cleveland and Houston (Bush Intercontinental) on May 30.

Additionally Boeing 767-224 ER N68159 (msn 30438) operated the last 767-200 flight between Munich and Newark on May 27.

Ironically United had previously retired both types but inherited both types again when the Continental fleet was merged. The 737-500 was previously retired on August 27, 2009 and the 767-200 on March 28, 2005.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. N62631 when it was with Continental Airlines.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship Boeing 767-224 ER N73152 (msn 30431) lands at Zurich.

Historic Photo of the Day – May 26, 2013

Continental’s Houston Proud Bird Express (Emerald Air) Douglas DC-9-14 N38641 (msn 47060) HOU (Keith Armes). Image: 912258.

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United Airlines unveils a new look in celebration of 25 years at Newark Terminal C

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United Airlines (Chicago) today will celebrate the 25thanniversary of the airline’s Terminal C hub facility at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Travelers arriving and departing at Newark Liberty today will join United employees in an anniversary celebrationbetween 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the upper level United Airlines ticket counter, where customers will have opportunities to earn prizes, travel discounts and bonus MileagePlus miles, and see the airline’s new uniforms for the first time. The airline is also setting up a temporary exhibit during the two-hour period demonstrating how air travel has evolved since 1988.

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Map of Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey).

“We are pleased to celebrate United’s long history at our Newark hub – a premier global gateway and a powerful economic engine,” said Jeff Smisek, United’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We continue to make investments in our terminal facilities, our services and our people to ensure United’s Terminal C remains a great place for our customers and co-workers.”

“Thanks to the Port Authority’s strong partnership with United, Newark Liberty has become not only a world-class airport but also an important driver of economic growth, jobs and development for the entire region,” said Port AuthorityChairman David Samson. “The continued investment in Newark Liberty’s facilities will ensure that the airport, and Terminal C specifically, remains a modern, premier gateway for travelers.”

As part of the event, Smisek will outline the airline’s plans for further investments at Terminal C, including:

  • a redesign of the airline’s check-in facilities
  • installation in gate areas of flight-information displays that offer customers more detailed information about their flights
  • construction of a widebody maintenance hangar that economic development officials anticipate will drive $52 million in economic activity in the region
  • a new checked-baggage screening system.

In addition: 

  • Nearly two dozen United pilots, flight attendants, customer service agents and ramp workers will participate in an in-terminal fashion show that will debut the new uniforms that United employees worldwide will wear beginning onJune 25. This is the first time that all employees at the new United will wear the same uniforms.
  • Buddy Valastro, co-owner of the Hoboken, N.J. bakery Carlo’s Bakery and star of the TLC program “Cake Boss,” will join the program to present a cake made specifically for the occasion.
  • At 1:15 p.m., the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to fly from any of the three New York-area airports since the aircraft re-entered service will depart for Houston.
  • This afternoon, United will send photos of iconic locations throughout Manhattan via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, meeting up with the company’s friends and followers in social media.

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United in New York/Newark: The Hub for Wall Street

With more than 13,000 local employees, United is the New York area’s largest airline, offering more flights and more seats from the region to more destinations around the world than any other airline in history.

Since the first flight from Terminal C – the 6:15 a.m. departure of Continental flight 839 to Denver from gate 72 on the morning of May 22, 1988 – flights to and from the facility have enabled investment and economic development for theNew York metropolitan area, including Newark. In 1988, Continental offered service to 57 airports from Newark Airport.United today offers more than 400 flights each day from Newark Liberty to more than 150 destinations in North andSouth America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, giving New York-area travelers more flights and more destinations via United and United Express than any other airline.

Newark Liberty’s location and rail links make it the most convenient hub airport for travelers originating in north and central New Jersey, parts of New York City including Wall Street, and southern New York State.

The airline also offers New York-area travelers more flat beds in premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy seats than any other airline. In addition, the airline boasts:

  • the most saver-style award seats for frequent flyers among the largest U.S. global carriers, according to the 4thannual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey published this month by IdeaWorksCompany.
  • more aircraft offering satellite Wi-Fi and live television than any other U.S. airline.

Terminal C History

Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell/AirlinersGallery.com. The Boeing 737 and the pictured 727-200 were the mainstay aircraft in the PEOPLExpress fleet. Former Braniff Boeing 727-227 N553PE (msn 20774) poses for the camera at Chicago (O’Hare).

In 1985, People Express Airlines (PEOPLExpress) and the Port Authority agreed to remodel the existing Terminal C facility. After its 1987 mergers with Peoplexpress and New York Air (New York), which itself had a large Newark presence, Continental Airlines completed the terminal redevelopment project in conjunction with the Port Authority.

Copyright Photo: Fernandez Imaging/AirlinersGallery.com. The New York Air operation is pictured at nearby LaGuardia Airport.

In 2001, Continental Airlines (Houston) opened the Global Gateway, a $3.8 billion public-private partnership. The centerpiece of that project was the third concourse in Terminal C, “C-3,” designed to be bright and airy with gates constructed to enable international travelers to arrive at Terminal C – rather than solely at Terminal B – adding convenience and quicker connections.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Continental’s McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 N68046 (msn 47800) in the 1984 livery.

The Global Gateway also introduced the only rail station at a New York-area airport located in close proximity to the terminals, enabling Newark Liberty travelers direct AirTrain rail access to New York City’s Pennsylvania Station, New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut and Philadelphia.

Continental and the Port Authority also outfitted Terminal C with new roadways, parking garages, expanded electronic ticketing facilities, new terminal designs to facilitate more efficient security screening and an automated baggage handling system.

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United reports a 1Q net loss of $417 million

United Airlines (Chicago) today reported a first-quarter 2013 net loss of $325 million, or $0.98 per share, excluding $92 million of special charges. Including special charges, UAL reported a first-quarter 2013 net loss of $417 million, or $1.26 per share.

  • The company achieved its best first-quarter on-time performance in a decade, with 81.0 percent of mainline flights, including both domestic and international flights, arriving within 14 minutes of scheduled arrival time.
  • UAL’s first-quarter 2013 consolidated passenger revenue increased 0.7 percent year-over-year on a consolidated capacity reduction of 4.9 percent. First-quarter consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 5.9 percent compared to the same period in 2012.
  • First-quarter 2013 consolidated unit costs (CASM), holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant and excluding special charges and third-party business expense, increased 7.2 percent year-over-year on a consolidated capacity reduction of 4.9 percent. First-quarter 2013 consolidated CASM increased 6.5 percent year-over-year.
  • UAL ended the first quarter with $6.4 billion in unrestricted liquidity.

“Our co-workers pulled together in the first quarter to significantly improve our operational performance and customer service despite challenging weather and high load factors, and I want to thank them for their hard work,” said Jeff Smisek, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Although this was a difficult quarter financially, I’m very proud of our team.”

First-Quarter Revenue and Capacity

For the first quarter of 2013, total revenue was $8.7 billion, an increase of 1.4 percent year-over-year. First-quarter consolidated passenger revenue increased 0.7 percent to $7.6 billion, compared to the same period in 2012.

Consolidated revenue passenger miles (RPMs) decreased 1.2 percent on a consolidated capacity (available seat miles) decrease of 4.9 percent year-over-year for the first quarter. First-quarter 2013 consolidated load factor was 81.1 percent, an increase of 3.0 points versus the first quarter of 2012.

First-quarter 2013 consolidated PRASM increased 5.9 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Consolidated yield for the first quarter of 2013 increased 1.9 percent year-over-year.

Mainline RPMs in the first quarter of 2013 decreased 1.6 percent on a mainline capacity decrease of 5.0 percent year-over-year, resulting in a first-quarter mainline load factor of 81.4 percent. Mainline yield for the first quarter of 2013 increased 1.3 percent compared to the same period in 2012. First-quarter 2013 mainline PRASM increased 5.0 percent year-over-year.

“We are encouraged by our unit revenue performance this quarter, and we are working hard to build on our overall revenue progress this year,” said Jim Compton, UAL’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer. “My co-workers’ continued focus on our operational performance and customer service directly contributed to our improved revenue results.”

Passenger revenue for the first quarter of 2013 and period-to-period comparisons of related statistics for UAL’s mainline and regional operations are as follows:

1Q 2013PassengerRevenue  (millions) Passenger Revenue vs.1Q 2012 PRASM  vs. 1Q 2012 Yield vs. 1Q 2012 Available Seat Miles   vs.
1Q 2012
Domestic $2,909 (1.1%) 3.6% 1.1% (4.5%)
Atlantic 1,185 (0.3%) 11.0% 6.9% (10.2%)
Pacific 1,143 4.0% 7.2% 0.7% (3.0%)
Latin America 701 (3.4%) (2.6%) (5.6%) (0.8%)
International 3,029 0.5% 6.5% 1.5% (5.6%)
Mainline 5,938 (0.3%) 5.0% 1.3% (5.0%)
Regional 1,621 4.3% 8.8% 2.9% (4.1%)
Consolidated $7,559 0.7% 5.9% 1.9% (4.9%)

Year-over-year cargo and other revenue in the first quarter of 2013 increased 6.2 percent, or $68 million, to $1.2 billion.

First-Quarter Costs

First-quarter total operating expenses increased $112 million, or 1.3 percent, year-over-year. Third-party business expense was $121 million in the first quarter.

Consolidated and mainline CASM, excluding special charges and third-party business expense, increased 6.8 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012. First-quarter consolidated and mainline CASM, including special charges, increased 6.5 and 7.9 percent year-over-year, respectively.

In the first quarter, consolidated and mainline CASM, excluding special charges and third-party business expense and holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant, increased 7.2 percent and 8.6 percent, respectively, compared to the results for the same period in 2012.

“We are focused companywide on operating more efficiently. Moreover, we are building an infrastructure to achieve our return-on-invested-capital goals and generate long-term returns,” said John Rainey, UAL’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Our balance sheet is the healthiest it’s been in years, and that benefits everyone—co-workers, customers and investors.”

Liquidity, Cash Flow and Return on Invested Capital

UAL ended the quarter with $6.4 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $1.0 billion of undrawn commitments under its new revolving credit facility. During the first quarter, the company generated $393 million of operating cash flow and had gross capital expenditures and purchase deposits of $526 million. The company made debt and capital lease principal payments of $1.3 billion in the first quarter, including $1.0 billion of prepayments. The company’s return on invested capital for the 12 months ended March 31, 2013, was 8.0 percent, below the company’s goal of 10 percent.

First-Quarter 2013 Events

  • United Airlines achieved a U.S. Department of Transportation first-quarter domestic on-time arrival rate of 81.4 percent, exceeding 80 percent in each month of the quarter. For international flights, United recorded an on-time arrival rate of 79.7 percent for the quarter. The on-time arrival rates are based on flights arriving within 14 minutes of scheduled arrival time. This was the best first-quarter on-time performance for the carrier in a decade.
  • United co-workers earned cash incentive payments totaling $22 million for on-time performance during the first quarter.
  • Co-workers earned $4.4 million for reaching the company’s customer-satisfaction target for the first quarter, as measured through online surveys of MileagePlus members flying United and United Express. United also awarded $125,000 to select employees of United and United Express for excellence in customer service as part of the company’s Outperform Recognition Program.
  • United continued its comprehensive customer service training program for all customer-facing agents and flight attendants worldwide, and nearly 13,000 co-workers completed the training in the first quarter.
  • During the first quarter, United replaced its $1.2 billion term loan due 2014 with a new $900 million term loan due 2019, and reduced the principal balance by $300 million in the process. Simultaneously, United entered into a new $1.0 billion revolving credit facility due 2018 that replaced the company’s $500 million undrawn revolving credit facility due 2015, bolstering the company’s unrestricted liquidity position.
  • The company pre-paid $400 million of its 9.875 percent Senior Secured Notes and $200 million of its 12.0 percent Senior Second Lien Notes during the first quarter.
  • United broke ground on a new widebody aircraft maintenance hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport and is constructing a new maintenance hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport, boosting United’s maintenance capabilities on the East Coast. The company signed a 10-year lease extension on its Maintenance Operations Center at San Francisco International Airport, United’s largest maintenance facility.
  • United opened the airline’s new employee health clinic at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, offering convenient on-site health services to co-workers at no charge.
  • The company took delivery of six Boeing 737-900ERs and removed from service three Boeing 737-500s and two Boeing 757-200s.
  • The company reached an agreement to sell up to 30 Boeing 757-200 aircraft to FedEx.
  • During the quarter, the company expanded its industry-leading global route network, launching new nonstop service to Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Oklahoma City, Okla. United also added two new cities to its network, Fayetteville, N.C., and Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The company announced future new nonstop markets, including the company’s first nonstop service to Dickinson, N.D., as well as additional service to Portland, Ore.; Austin, Texas; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; Anchorage, Alaska; Traverse City, Mich.; and Charleston, S.C. The airline also announced it will resume nonstop daily service from Chicago to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • United relaunched the Premier Access program offering customers access to expedited check-in and security checkpoint lanes along with priority boarding.
  • United launched a new baggage delivery option, enabling customers to have their checked bags delivered directly to their final destinations and skip baggage claim upon arrival. The airline will expand the service to more than 190 domestic airports in the coming months.
  • The company unveiled a new lounge standard at its United Club in Terminal 2 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, the first to feature a new design that the airline will use when building and renovating lounges worldwide. The airline is investing more than $50 million to renovate many of its United Clubs, with three more United Clubs to be renovated this year.
  • The carrier introduced its first reconfigured transcontinental “p.s.,” Premium Service, aircraft equipped with flat-bed seats, all-new interiors, personal on-demand entertainment, Wi-Fi connectivity, in-seat power and USB ports. United offers p.s. on all nonstop flights between New York Kennedy and both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • The company ramped up installation of global satellite-based Wi-Fi on its mainline fleet and currently offers satellite-based Wi-Fi on 38 of its aircraft, becoming the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer customers the ability to stay connected while traveling on long-haul overseas routes.
  • United introduced a new application for Windows Phone 8 users. With the launch of the Windows app, United is now available on all mobile platforms, including iPhone, Android and Blackberry.
  • The company continued to install flat-bed seats in premium cabins on its international fleet and now has more than 7,000 new flat-bed seats on 182 aircraft, more than any other U.S. carrier. In addition, Economy Plus is now available on nearly all of United’s mainline fleet.
  • UAL merged its two operating subsidiaries, United and Continental, into a single operating entity, United, on March 31, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. The Continental Airlines name is being kept alive with this United Airlines’ Boeing 737-924 ER WL N75436 (msn 33531) painted in Continental’s 1947 Blue Skyway retrojet scheme.

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Continental Airlines is cleared of any criminal responsibility in a French court for the July 25, 2000 Air France Concorde crash near Paris

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Continental Airlines (Houston) was cleared yesterday (November 29) of any criminal responsibility in a French court for the Concorde crash in Paris in 2000 that killed 113 people. The ruling absolves a Continental mechanic of involuntary manslaughter according to this report by Reuters. The mechanic had fashioned a non-standard titanium strip that fell off a Continental McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft that fell onto the runway just before the Air France (Paris) Concorde attempted its ill-fated takeoff. Air France flight AF 4590 was scheduled to fly from Charles de Gaulle International Airport near Paris, to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on July 25, 2000. Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde 101 F-BTSC (msn 203) crashed into a hotel in Gonesse, France. All 100 passengers and the nine crew members on board died in the fiery crash.

Today Continental Airlines is now part of United Continental Holdings.

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Top Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Concorde 100 F-BTSC (msn 203) is pictured at Paris (CDG) in March 1976 in the original 1959 delivery color scheme. The airliner was originally leased by Air France from Aerospatiale on January 1, 1976 as the earlier model of the type. It was converted to a Concorde 101 in June 1980.

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United and Continental pilots have a tentative agreement, subject to an approval vote

United Airlines‘ (Chicago) and Continental Airlines‘ (Houston) pilots may finally have an integration contract agreement that will allow the two groups to be merged. ALPA has issued the following statement:

The Master Executive Councils of the Continental and United pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International, have voted to accept a tentative agreement on a joint collective bargaining agreement reached with United Continental Holdings, Inc. The agreement now goes before the pilots for a ratification vote.

Captain Jay Heppner, Chairman of the United Master Executive Council and Captain Jay Pierce, Chairman of the Continental Master Executive Council, said the following in a joint statement:

“With this step, we are closer to a new contract that will provide gains in compensation, work rules, job protections, and retirement and benefits for our pilots and their families. We will finally begin to see the benefits of the merger that were promised to us, and an end to the concessionary and bankruptcy-era contracts we have lived and worked under for more than a decade.

“This agreement represents years of determination and unity demonstrated by the pilots of both airlines during the two-and-a-half years of negotiations for a new contract following the merger announcement. Pilots from both United and Continental Airlines will now determine whether this agreement addresses their contributions to the success of the airline.

“This step is also good news for our passengers and United employees. Once there is pilot approval of a contract, the operations of the two airlines can finally begin to be integrated. We can begin to deliver on the promise of the world’s best airline.”

Integration of seniority lists for the two pilots groups will occur after ratification of the tentative agreement. The process is independent of airline management and involves negotiations between the two pilot groups. Absent an agreement, binding arbitration will be used to settle any remaining differences. The process follows a predefined timeline following contract ratification that was agreed upon by the two pilot groups shortly after the merger was announced.

Copyright Photo: Fred Seggie. Boeing 777-222 ER N784UA (msn 26951) climbs away from London (Heathrow). N784UA is painted in the 2004 livery of United. The United fleet is adopting the older 1991 color scheme of Continental Airlines.

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Continental’s flight attendants approve the new contract

United Airlines (Chicago) has announced that flight attendants from the Continental subsidiary, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), ratified a new labor agreement.

The new agreement covers approximately 9,000 United flight attendants at the company’s Continental subsidiary located throughout the United States. The company and the AFA will soon commence negotiations for a joint collective bargaining agreement for flight attendants at United, Continental and Continental Micronesia. Flight attendants from the company’s United subsidiary ratified a new four-year contract in February 2012.

The AFA represents more than 24,000 flight attendants at the company’s United and Continental subsidiaries.

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United Airlines adds its first Boeing 767-300 with Blended Winglets and new interior

United Airlines (Chicago) has added its first Boeing 767-300 with Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets.

On June 20, 2011 Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced that United Continental Holdings Inc., the parent company of United Airlines, had ordered Blended Winglets for its 767-300 ERs. Initial installations of the systems, on 14 aircraft, were planned to commence in 2012. With this order, United Continental Holdings becomes APB’s largest single customer having ordered more than 375 Blended Winglet systems to date.

United Airlines or Continental Airlines has either been the launch customer for, or otherwise ordered, Blended Winglets for every Boeing commercial aircraft type that APB has certified its product for – in chronological order this includes the: 757-200; 737-800; 737-700; 737-900; 737-900 ER; 737-500; 737-300; 757-300 and now the 767-300 ER. APB estimates that United Continental’s investment in Blended Winglets is now saving the airline approximately $200 million per year in jet fuel costs.

Blended Winglet technology installed on a 767-300 ER reduces fuel burn by up to 500,000 gallons per aircraft per year while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by over 5,000 tons per year. In addition, 767-300 ER Blended Winglets can extend the range of the aircraft by as much as 320 nautical miles, or increase the payload of the aircraft by as much as 16,000 pounds. Since certification in 2009, APB has taken orders (firm and options) for over 340 767-300 ER Blended Winglet systems.

United Airlines today (June 11) introduced N674UA into international service with its newly reconfigured interior, with this evening’s departure of flight UA 908 from Chicago (O’Hare) to Amsterdam. The aircraft now features flat-bed seats in an all-new United BusinessFirst cabin, along with an upgraded inflight entertainment system throughout.

The aircraft is the first of 14 to get the new interior, offering 30 seats in United BusinessFirst, 49 in Economy Plus and 135 in Economy. In addition to flat-bed seats, United BusinessFirst offers a 15.4″ touchscreen monitor delivering on-demand inflight audio/video content, electrical and USB outlets for charging electronic devices, an iPod jack enabling customers to play content from their iPod-compatible devices and a five-course meal with fine wines. United Economy Plus seats provide more legroom and more recline than Economy seats. Each Economy Plus and Economy seat features a 9″ touchscreen on-demand, inflight entertainment system and all Economy rows have access to electrical outlets. On long-haul international flights, United offers Economy Plus and Economy customers complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee.

Top Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin. Boeing 767-322 ER N674UA (msn 29242) arrives at the San Francisco hub on June 10, 2012 as flight UA 499 from the Chicago (O’Hare) hub.

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United reaches a tentative agreement with Continental’s flight attendants

United Airlines (Chicago) has announced the company has reached a tentative agreement with the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) covering flight attendants from the company’s Continental Airlines subsidiary, almost three months ahead of the contract’s amendable date.

The agreement extends the current collective bargaining agreement for a term of 28 months beyond its September 1, 2012, amendable date. Flight attendants will vote on the agreement in the coming weeks.

Flight attendants from the company’s United subsidiary ratified a new four-year contract in February 2012.

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ALPA calls for a strike vote at United Continental Holdings

Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), representing the 12,000 pilots of Continental Airlines and United Airlines of United Continental Holdings (Chicago), has called for a strike vote by its members after failing to come to an agreement with management on a single contract for the pilots after two years of negotiations.

Management states it is making progress in the negotiations and any strike vote will not alter the negotiations. The opposite is likely, a call for a strike will probably result in a final settlement.

Reminder to those wanting to merge companies; make sure you have the labor contracts in order before any merger!

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Storm clouds ahead? Like US Airways, Continental Airlines and United Airlines are in reality still two separate airlines with two pilot contract groups even though the companies have “merged” under the United Continental Holdings name and the Continental brand with the United name.

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Was the Continental takeover of United a mistake?

Continental Airlines‘ (Houston) merger with United Airlines (Chicago) was billed as a “merger of equals.” In reality it was a takeover of United by Continental. Continental was the best and most well-run U.S. legacy carrier before the merger. The Continental name is gone but the brand continues with the “new United”. United’s CEO Glenn Tilton got his way – he found someone to take United off his hands. Today the new UA is plagued with problems. 1 and 1 does not always equal 2. The new United is not the old Continental with more aircraft and people. Efficiency and profitability have taken a hit.

Joe Brancatelli of Portfolio.com explores the headline question and other issues facing the new United in his “Worst. Airline. Ever. Again” article.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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The last Continental Airlines flight to operate tonight

Continental Airlines (Houston) as previously reported, will operate its last CO flight tonight. As planned, flight CO 1267 from Phoenix to Cleveland is currently the last scheduled flight.

Here are the details (click to enlarge):

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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Continental’s CO code fades into aviation history on March 3 as United integrates reservations systems and websites

United Airlines (Chicago) is planning to finally integrate the Continental and United computer reservations systems and websites on March 3. This will mean the final retirement of the CO code and continental.com website although the two airlines are now considered one airline under a single operating certificate. Goodbye CO/COA.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.

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United-Continental Merger: New article by Bloomberg Businessweek

The United Airlines (Chicago) and Continental Airlines (Houston) merger is examined in an interesting article by Drake Bennett in the February 8 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Photo: Cover of the February 8 issue on newsstands.

United Airlines is issued a single operating certificate, goodbye Continental Airlines

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) announced today (November 30) that it received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for a single operating certificate (SOC), marking another significant achievement in the integration of United Airlines (Chicago) and Continental Airlines (Houston).

This regulatory milestone, while significant from an operational policies and procedures perspective, does not change how customers interact with the airline. Customers of United and Continental will continue to shop for flights, obtain seat assignments and check flight status on each carrier’s respective website until the company migrates to a single passenger service system in the first quarter of 2012. At that point, from a customer’s perspective, the two carriers will function as one airline.

The Continental Airlines website is still being maintained although all flights are now operated as United Airlines.

The two carriers went through a rigorous 18-month process of aligning operating policies and procedures to obtain a single operating certificate from the FAA. A team of more than 500 employees from both carriers worked together to evaluate closely each pre-integration program, process and operating specification from both airlines to determine the best choice for the new United. The team streamlined more than 440 operational manuals, programs and procedures down to approximately 260 manuals for the new United – a process that involved roughly 2,000 changes.
Effective today, air traffic control communications will refer to all United and Continental flights as “United.” United and Continental announced their merger in May 2010 and closed the transaction on October 1, 2010.

From this point onwards, technically “Continental Airlines” is no longer an airline. Ironically, as mentioned previously, the Continental Part 121 Air Operating Certificate (AOC) is the surviving AOC for the new United Airlines. The old United AOC was officially retired today. The CO AOC will live on (as well as the 1991 color scheme) as the operating AOC of the new United Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris. Please click on the photo for additional information on this special color scheme.

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The final days of Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines (Houston) will reach the end of a very colorful history since July 15, 1934 this week. On November 30, 2011 at 1200Z (GMT) (0600 CST) the Continental Airlines name will slip into aviation history. On this date, United Airlines and Continental will complete their merger when a single operating certificate (SOC) will become a reality. Ironically, due to operational reasons, the CO certificate (AOC) will survive operating as United Airlines. The United AOC is the certificate being retired. All flights will use the “United” call sign and UA/UAL codes after this date. The CO 1991 color scheme will also survive as the “new” livery of United Airlines.

The final COA flight to land is planned to be flight COA 86 Shanghai (Pudong) (PVG)-Newark (EWR) on November 30. A Tampa (TPA)-Newark (EWR) flight COA 1612 is due to depart at 0659 (EST) (1159Z) on November 30 and will be the final dispatched COA flight if not delayed.

CLICK HERE for the history of Continental Air Lines and Continental Airlines (company website)

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for information on the “Blue Skyway” retrojet.

Editorial Note: As a special salute to CO, we will be adding many new and historical photos this week to our growing AG library, specifically the CO Slide Show.

CLICK HERE for the Continental Slide Show (check back often this week).

United launches Economy Plus on first Continental aircraft

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) has announced that the first Continental Airlines aircraft with Economy Plus will enter service on November 19, offering Continental customers four inches of extra legroom in the forward rows of the Economy cabin.

The aircraft, a Boeing 767-400, will also feature new flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst and new touchscreen seat-back monitors in Economy. In addition, the aircraft will be the first in the Continental fleet to feature the popular Channel 9 air traffic control communications. Customers in both cabins also will have advanced audio/video on demand and in-seat power outlets.

United introduced Economy Plus in 1999. Today, the airline offers the extra-legroom seating on all mainline aircraft and more than 150 larger United Express regional jets. When the company fully deploys Economy Plus on Continental and Q400 regional aircraft, the new United’s fleet will include more than 40,000 Economy Plus seats, providing customers more than 122,000 extra-legroom economy class seats each day, more than any airline in the world.

The expansion of Economy Plus to Continental aircraft comes as the company continues with plans to invest more than $550 million to upgrade aircraft interiors, including new flat-bed seats in premium cabins, larger overhead bins and improved in-flight entertainment options. The new flat-bed seats are available today on more than 125 aircraft. In addition, more than 160 aircraft feature DIRECTV.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Continental Airlines launches Houston-Lagos flights

Continental Airlines (Houston) yesterday (November 16), operating as United Airlines, inaugurated the first daily scheduled passenger service between Texas and Africa with new nonstop flights between Houston (Bush Intercontinental) and Lagos, Nigeria. The new service links the two energy capitals on a route which no other airline currently serves on a scheduled basis (Atlas Air is also operating a charter series of flights from Houston to Luanda).

Flight CO 142 departs Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport at 7:05 p.m. (1905) and arrives at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at 1:40 p.m. (1340) the following day. On the return, flight CO 143 departs Lagos at 11:05 p.m. (2305) and arrives in Houston at 5:25 a.m. (0525) the following day. Flying times are approximately 11 hours, 35 minutes eastbound and 13 hours, 20 minutes westbound.

The flights will operate using Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft with a total of 276 seats — 50 in BusinessFirst and 226 in Economy.

Continental and United are still two separate airlines pending a single operating certificate under the United brand.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. The Continental name is disappearing from CO aircraft.

Continental Slide Show: CLICK HERE

United to operate a “advanced biofuel” flight today

United Airlines (Chicago) through Continental Airlines will operate a Houston-Chicago O’Hare “advanced biofuel” flight today with a Boeing 737-800.

Continental Airlines today is operating the first U.S. commercial flight powered by advanced biofuels. Flight CO 1403, a Boeing 737-800, departs Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport at 10:30 a.m. (1030) bound for Chicago O’Hare International Airport, making United and Continental the first U.S. airlines to fly passengers using a blend of sustainable, advanced biofuel and traditional petroleum-derived jet fuel supplied by Solazyme.

Solazyme, Inc., (San Francisco) was founded on March 31, 2003, with the mission of utilizing microalgae to create a renewable source of energy and transportation fuels.

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United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris. Please click on the photo for additional information.

United Continental Holdings reports a large third quarter net profit

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) (United Airlines and Continental Airlines) today reported third-quarter 2011 net income of $773 million or $2.00 per diluted share, excluding $120 million of net special items consisting primarily of integration-related costs. On a GAAP basis, UAL reported third-quarter 2011 net income of $653 million or $1.69 per diluted share.

UAL results for the third quarter include the financial results of its two operating subsidiaries, United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Prior to the merger on October 1, 2010, UAL results included only the financial results of United. Pro forma results that consolidate the financial results for Continental for the third-quarter 2010 and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2010, are included for meaningful year-over-year comparisons.

Both airlines are moving ahead towards a single operating AOC with November 11 being the target date.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman.

Continental Airlines to start daily Houston-Lagos service on November 6

Continental Airlines (United Airlines) (Houston) will launch a daily route connecting the Houston (Bush Intercontinental) hub with Lagos starting on November 6 according to Airline Route. The new route will be operated with Boeing 777-200 ER equipment.

Continental is also adding the the Tokyo (Narita)-Hong Kong route with Boeing 737-800s.

Continental Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

United and Continental introduce United Club

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) today introduced a new name for its airport lounges. United Club, the re-branding of United’s Red Carpet Club and Continental’s Presidents Club, marks a further step in the integration of the two airlines’ products and services to provide a more consistent travel experience for customers.

At more than 50 lounges in 39 airports worldwide, United Clubs offer members and their guests complimentary bar service, light snacks and beverages; business amenities such as Wi-Fi, conference rooms and workstations; and personalized assistance with reservations, seat selection, upgrades and boarding passes.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

 

United Airlines’ pilots sue to slow down the integration with Continental

United Airlines’ (Chicago) pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, seeking a stay of the deadline to complete the next phase of training and to begin new procedures. The UA pilots are stating the integration process into a single operating AOC is going too fast according to this article by Reuters.

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United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

United Continental Holdings to invest additional $550 million in fleet-wide onboard improvements

United Continental Holdings (Chicago) has announced it will invest more than a half-billion dollars in its onboard product as it takes another important step in becoming the world’s leading airline. These product improvements include:

1. Adding flat-bed seating on 62 additional long-haul aircraft, bringing total aircraft with flat-bed seats to 185, more than any other U.S. carrier.

2. Adding Economy Plus seating and Channel 9 air traffic control audio to more than 300 aircraft.

3. Nearly doubling the overhead storage space on more than 150 aircraft
Installing advanced broadband Wi-Fi on more than 200 aircraft.

4. Introducing streaming wireless video onboard its 747-400 aircraft.

5. Completely retrofitting its p.s. fleet with flat-bed seats, Economy Plus, on-demand audio and video and Wi-Fi.

According to the group, “these and other planned product changes come in addition to the 25 new aircraft – including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner – that the airline will introduce to its fleet next year. United and Continental have each made significant product and service improvements over the past several years and since the airlines closed their merger Oct. 1, 2010.”

Other changes:

Improved Long-Haul Comfort with More Flat-Bed Seats than Any Other U.S. Carrier

In September, United will begin installing all-new flat-bed seats, on-demand audio and video programming and iPod connectivity in the premium cabins on 26 Boeing 767s – 12 Continental 767-400 aircraft and 14 United 767-300 aircraft. The company will also upgrade 767-400s with extra-legroom Economy Plus seating and the Channel 9 air traffic control audio channel, which all United aircraft have today. The 26 aircraft, which primarily serve trans-Atlantic, Latin and Hawaiian markets, will offer BusinessFirst and Economy cabins.

Ongoing upgrades to First, Business and Economy class on the airline’s three-cabin Boeing 777 aircraft will continue, with 17 of 46 aircraft currently offering flat-bed seats and advanced in-flight entertainment in First and Business and on-demand video in Economy. United will retrofit more than a dozen additional 777 aircraft this year.

United now offers more flat-bed seats than any other U.S. airline, with 124 aircraft reconfigured to date and 185 once the 767 and 777 fleets are completed.

More Extra-Legroom Economy Seating Than Any Airline Worldwide

United will begin installing Economy Plus seating on all Continental mainline aircraft this fall, offering the extra-legroom seating on 38 Continental aircraft by year’s end and nearly 100 more by the end of the first quarter of 2012. For customers flying in shorter-haul markets, United is adding First and Economy Plus seating beginning this fall to 29 Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) regional aircraft operated under the United Express banner. The Q400 aircraft fly principally out of United’s hubs in Houston Bush Intercontinental, Chicago O’Hare, Newark and Washington Dulles.

Economy Plus seating is currently available on every United aircraft and more than 150 United Express regional jets. Upon completion of the Economy Plus installation on mainline Continental aircraft and the Q400 fleet – bringing the total number of aircraft with Economy Plus to more than 850 – United will offer more extra-legroom economy seating than any airline in the world.

Nearly Double the Overhead Space

Beginning in March 2012, the airline will nearly double the size of the overhead bins on all 152 of its Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. The larger bins will increase storage space for standard 22-inch rolling bags by 66 percent. The airline will also refresh the interiors of its Airbus fleet.

Streaming In-Flight Entertainment and Wi-Fi

United is selecting a vendor for a streaming video in-flight entertainment option on its Boeing 747-400 aircraft, enabling customers to access video options via their Wi-Fi-enabled handheld devices, tablets and laptop computers. United’s 747 aircraft currently feature on-demand audio and video options in First and Business, with more than 150 hours of entertainment choices and iPod connectivity.

United continues with plans to install Wi-Fi on its aircraft. In March, Continental Airlines signed a letter of intent with LiveTV to install advanced broadband Wi-Fi using Ka-band satellite technology on more than 200 Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft equipped with DIRECTV.

Upgraded p.s. Transcontinental Service

United is also doing a complete nose-to-tail renovation of its popular p.s. fleet, which serves the New York Kennedy to San Francisco and Los Angeles markets. When completed in 2013, p.s. aircraft will offer flat-bed seats, Economy Plus, power ports at every row, on-demand audio and video and Wi-Fi service.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

14,100 United-Continental ramp and fleet workers select the IAM

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has emerged as the winner in an election to determine union representation for more than 14,100 fleet and ramp workers at the new United Airlines which also includes workers from Continental Airlines and Continental Micronesia.

The election, which was conducted by the National Mediation Board (NMB), was between the IAM, which represented 6,800 United Airlines Ramp/Fleet employees and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) which represented 7,300 Flight Ramp/Fleet workers at Continental Airlines and Continental Micronesia.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

United Continental Holdings, Inc. announces a second quarter 2011 profit

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) has announced second-quarter 2011 financial results. UAL results for the second quarter include the financial results of its two operating subsidiaries, United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Prior to the merger on Oct. 1, 2010, UAL results included only the financial results of United. Pro forma results that consolidate the financial results for Continental for the second-quarter 2010 and six months ended June 30, 2010, are included for meaningful year-over-year comparisons.

UAL reported a second-quarter 2011 net profit of $577 million or $1.49 per diluted share, excluding $39 million of net special items consisting primarily of integration-related costs and a one-time non-cash adjustment to revenue. On a GAAP basis, UAL reported a second-quarter 2011 net profit of $538 million or $1.39 per diluted share.

Continental Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

Furloughed United Airlines pilots are offered positions at Continental Airlines

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) has announced that it will offer approximately 100 to 200 positions to pilots currently on furlough from its United subsidiary to fly aircraft for its Continental subsidiary. The positions will meet the needs currently anticipated for the combined company’s operation in 2012.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for aircraft information.

United Airlines-Continental Airlines’ flight attendants pick the AFA

United Airlines-Continental Airlines’ (Chicago) flight attendants have selected the Association of Flight Attendants to bargain for their labor contracts.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Please click on the photo for aircraft information.

Continental to resume Guam-Sendai service

Continental Airlines (Houston) will resume regular service between Guam and Sendai, Japan, subject to government approval, with twice-weekly flights beginning on October 2. The new flights mark the first resumption of regular service by a foreign airline at Sendai Airport since the facility reopened on April 13. The airport was temporarily closed after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11. Sendai Airport was flooded by the Tsunami.

This route was formerly operated as Continental Micronesia. On December 22, 2010, as a result of the Continental-United Airlines merger, the FAA approved the combination of Continental Micronesia’s air carrier operations with Continental’s under the single Part 121 air operating certificate (AOC) of Continental; although Continental Micronesia remains as a corporation, all flights are now operated directly by Continental Airlines. This step will simplify future integration steps between Continental and United. The callsign, ICAO and IATA codes were changed to reflect the new operating certificate.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock. Please click on the photo for aircraft information.

United-Continental orders 14 Blended Winglet sets for the Boeing 767-300 ER

United Continental Holdings Inc., (Chicago) the parent company of United Airlines and Continental Airlines, has ordered Blended Winglets for its 767-300 ERs. Initial installations of the systems, on 14 aircraft, are planned to commence in early 2012. With this order, United Continental Holdings becomes APB’s largest single customer having ordered more than 375 Blended Winglet systems to date.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Continental starts Los Angeles-Hilo service

Continental Airlines (United Airlines) (Houston) today (June 9) launches new daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hilo, Hawai’i (ITO). In addition, Continental will begin once-weekly nonstop service to Hilo from its San Francisco hub beginning June 11. The flights, operated by Continental Airlines, are the only nonstop service to Hilo from the U.S. mainland and complement Continental/United’s existing service to four other cities in Hawai’i: Honolulu, Kahului, Kona and Lihue.

Continental pilot and Boeing 737 flight instructor Lance Lau, a native of Hilo, will serve as captain on today’s flight, which departs Los Angeles at 5 p.m. (1700) and arrives in Hilo at 7:40 p.m. (1940). The return flight departs Hilo at 8:55 p.m. (2055) and arrives in Los Angeles at 5:15 a.m. (0515) the following day. At a gate event in Los Angeles, Hilo radio personality and well-known community figure DJ Gumby will broadcast live from the airport and hold a trivia contest with customers. Award-winning singer and songwriter Robert Cazimero – who has led a resurgence of Hawai’ian music, language, dance and culture since the 1970s – will perform a traditional Hawai’ian blessing known as a “pule” at the event before joining Captain Lau, DJ Gumby and other customers on the inaugural flight.

Despite the merger under one holding company, Continental and United are still separate airlines, adopting the new (old) United brand for all services.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris. Please click on the photo for information on this special color scheme.

United Airlines’ and Continental Airlines’ pilots challenge the statement the merger is on track

United Airlines’ (Chicago) and Continental Airlines’ unionized pilots are challenging CEO Jeff Smisek’s assessment that integrating the two companies into a single Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 121 air operating certificate (AOC) is on track for the end of the year according to this report by Reuters.

Pilots from both airlines are picketing the annual shareholders meeting, saying that contract talks are not moving ahead.

Smisek said “any deal must be affordable and fair”.

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) represents more than 12,000 pilots at the two airlines.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for the aircraft details.

United inadvertently revives the 9-11 flight numbers by mistake

United Airlines (Chicago) temporarily revived the flight numbers of two hijacked planes used in the September 11 attacks according to this report by Reuters.

United acknowledged the mistake and stated the mistake would be corrected.

Flight numbers 93 and 175 were incorrectly assigned to two flights operated by merger partner Continental Airlines.

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Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Please click on the photo for additional information.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Continental to start Los Angeles-Guadalajara service

Continental Airlines (Houston) tomorrow (May 3) will begin daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL).

Flight CO 672 departs Los Angeles at 8:20 (0820) a.m. daily, arriving in Guadalajara at 1:15 p.m. (1315). The return flight (CO 673) departs Guadalajara at 2:10 p.m. (1410) daily, arriving in Los Angeles at 3:30 p.m. (1530). The Los Angeles – Guadalajara service will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with seating for 160 customers (16 in first class and 144 in economy).

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris. Please click on the photo for additional information about this special logojet.

Continental becomes the first U.S. airline to operate the Boeing 737-900 ER Sky Interior

Continental Airlines (Houston) and Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (April 26) celebrated the delivery of the first Next-Generation 737-900 ER (extended range) with the Boeing Sky Interior to Continental Airlines. Continental is the first U.S. airline to operate the 737-800 and 737-900 ER featuring the all-new interior. Boeing 737-924 ER N73445 (msn 40000) was delivered in United markings. Boeing also reached the 40000 msn mark with this delivery.

Boeing also announced that Continental converted existing 2012 orders for Next-Generation 737s to 737-900 ERs and will now be taking 19 737-900 ERs in 2012.

Image: Boeing.

United Continental Holdings reports the 1Q results

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) today (April 21) announced first-quarter 2011 financial results. UAL results for the first quarter include the financial results of its two operating subsidiaries, United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Prior to the merger on October 1, 2010, UAL results included only the financial results of United Airlines. Pro forma results that consolidate the financial results for Continental for first-quarter 2010 are included for meaningful year-over-year comparisons.

UAL reported a first-quarter 2011 net loss of $136 million or $0.41 loss per share excluding $77 million of special charges consisting primarily of integration-related costs, an improvement of $47 million compared to the pro forma results year-over-year. On a GAAP basis, UAL reported a first-quarter 2011 net loss of $213 million or $0.65 loss per share.

UAL consolidated passenger revenue increased 11.5 percent in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the pro forma results for the same period in 2010. First-quarter 2011 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 9.9 percent compared to the pro forma results year-over-year.

Rising fuel prices largely offset the improvement in revenue. First-quarter 2011 consolidated fuel expense, excluding the impact of hedges, increased 34.5 percent, or $725 million, year-over-year on a pro forma basis.

UAL ended the quarter with $8.9 billion in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.

UAL ended the first quarter of 2011 with $8.9 billion in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, including approximately $200 million of counterparty hedge collateral posted with the company. During the first quarter, the company generated $1 billion of operating cash flow and had gross capital expenditures of $268 million. The company made scheduled debt and net capital lease payments of $459 million, including the $150 million UAL 5% convertible notes, and prepaid $194 million of debt.

While United and Continental continued to operate as two separate airlines, the company made progress toward integrating products, services and policies during the quarter. The company announced that it will retain United’s Economy Plus seating and expand it to Continental aircraft beginning in 2012. It also unveiled a new interim advertising campaign that began to roll out at airports, through customer communications and other media. The carriers’ check-in, ticket counter and gate facilities are now co-located at 36 airports, and more than 30 percent of the total fleet, or 460 aircraft, including the first Boeing 747-400, are now repainted in the new (old Continental) United livery. The company remained focused on building its Working Together culture to ensure that employees share in the success they help create. During the quarter, United introduced the 2011 Go Forward Plan that outlines the company’s most important goals for the year, and new perfect-attendance, profit-sharing and pass-travel programs for employees.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for additional details.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Continental Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines announce code share agreement

Continental Airlines (Houston) and LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw), both Star Alliance members, yesterday (April 4) announced they have started code sharing on flights between select destinations in the United States and Europe.

Effective April 2, 2011, Continental is placing its “CO” code on LOT’s trans-Atlantic flights between Continental’s New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, and LOT’s Warsaw hub, as well as on LOT-operated flights linking Warsaw with London/Heathrow, Frankfurt and Amsterdam that connect with Continental flights between those airports and New York/Newark.

Subject to government approval, Continental will also place its code on LOT-operated flights between Warsaw and Paris/Charles de Gaulle that connect with Continental’s New York/Newark-Paris flights.

Additionally, LOT is placing its “LO” code on Continental-operated flights between New York/Newark and Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington/Dulles that connect with LOT’s trans-Atlantic flights between Warsaw and New York/Newark.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Please click on the photo for information on this special color scheme of LOT.

LOT Slide Show: CLICK HERE

United-Continental launch their trans-Pacific joint venture with ANA

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) launched their trans-Pacific joint venture on April 1.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Please click on the photo for the full details.

ANA Slide Show: CLICK HERE

United Airlines to start San Francisco-Guadalajara service on June 9

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) has announced daily nonstop service between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL), beginning on June 9, 2011, subject to Mexican government approval. The new service will be operated by Continental Airlines.

The new service complements the existing flights to Guadalajara from Houston and the new Los Angeles – Guadalajara nonstop service beginning on May 3.

Flight CO 662 will depart San Francisco at 11:55 p.m. (2355) daily, arriving in Guadalajara at 5:35 a.m. (0535) the following day. The return flight (CO 661) will depart Guadalajara at 7:00 a.m. (0700) daily, arriving in San Francisco at 9:00 a.m. (0900) the same day. The San Francisco – Guadalajara service will be operated with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with seating for 160 customers (16 in first class and 144 in economy).

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for the aircraft details.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Continental Airlines signs LOI with LiveTV for inflight Wi-Fi

Continental Airlines (Houston) announced it has executed a letter of intent (LOI) with inflight entertainment provider LiveTV to offer inflight Wi-Fi via Ka-band beginning in 2012. The company plans to offer the service on more than 200 domestic Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft equipped with DIRECTV®, providing onboard connectivity and more than 95 channels of live television programming to customers flying within the continental United States.

Parent United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) also announced that all Continental flights operated with Boeing 757-200 aircraft now feature new flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst, marking the second major milestone in the installation of 180-degree flat-bed seats throughout Continental’s international fleet. Continental completed the retrofit on its 22 Boeing 777s in December 2010.

Continental operates 41 Boeing 757-200 aircraft, flying principally between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Europe.

Additionally, the tenth United Boeing 777-200 to be outfitted with flat-bed seats in both United First and United Business is scheduled to enter service in April. United completed the retrofit of its Boeing 747-400 and international 767-300 aircraft with flat-bed seats in its premium cabins in 2009.

Continental Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Continental is considering moving up the retirement date for its remaining Boeing 737-500s and also its 767-200s

Continental Airlines (Houston) is now considering moving up its final phase out of its Boeing 737-500s due to rising fuel costs. In addition, the company is also considering retiring the fleet of 10 Boeing 767-200s according to this report by Bloomberg.

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Continental Airlines to start Newark-Stuttgart flights on June 9

Continental Airlines (Houston) today announced that it will launch daily nonstop service between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Stuttgart, Germany, effective on June 9, 2011 (eastbound), subject to government approval.

Stuttgart will be the fifth German city to be served by the new United, formed last year by the merger of Continental and United Airlines.

The Newark-Stuttgart service will be operated by Boeing 757-200 aircraft, featuring 175 seats – 16 in BusinessFirst and 159 in Economy.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional aircraft information.

United (blue) – Continental (yellow) trans-Atlantic Route Map:

Continental Airlines postpones the launch of the Newark-Cairo route

Continental Airlines (Houston) has postponed the launch of the Newark-Cairo route previously scheduled to start on May 18. Due to the political unrest in Egypt, demand for the route has decreased.

Please see the previous blog entry on this subject: CLICK HERE

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Continental Airlines launches Austin-Cancun flights

Continental Airlines (Houston) starting on February 19, 2011, inaugurated nonstop service from Austin to Cancun.

Continental’s weekly Austin-Cancun nonstop will be flown on a Boeing 737-700 with 112 in coach and 12 in first class.

Copyright Photo: Air 72. Crew, passengers and gate agents celebrate the launch of the inaugural flight at Austin.

United Airlines to retain Economy Plus, will add to Continental aircraft

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) has announced that it will retain United’s Economy Plus® seating on United flights and expand the option to Continental aircraft beginning in 2012.

United offers Economy Plus on all 359 mainline aircraft and more than 150 larger regional jets operated by United Express® carriers. When the multi-year conversion process is complete, the company plans to offer Economy Plus on more than 700 mainline aircraft, including all Continental mainline aircraft, as well as larger regional aircraft. When fully deployed, the new United’s fleet will include more than 40,000 Economy Plus seats, providing more than 122,000 Economy Plus seats each day.

In other news, Continental Airlines inaugurated today (February 18) nonstop flights between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (PLS).  Initially the flights will operate four times a week, on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, converting to daily service on March 6, 2011.

The approximately three-and-a-half-hour flight (CO 610) will depart Newark at 9:35 a.m. (0935), arriving in Providenciales at 1:10 p.m. (1310). The return flight (CO 609) will depart Providenciales at 2:05 p.m. (1405), arriving in Newark at 5:45 p.m. (1745). Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-800 for the new service with seating for 160 passengers (16 in first class and 144 in economy).

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for aircraft details.

Interactive United-Continental Route Map: CLICK HERE

United Continental Holdings distributes $224 million in profit sharing to its employees

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) will distribute $224 million in profit-sharing to employees today based on 2010 profits.

CEO Smisek will hand out profit-sharing checks today at the airline’s hubs at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Other United officers will travel to many other locations throughout the new United’s system to distribute profit-sharing checks to co-workers.

In addition to profit-sharing, the new United’s employees receive cash payments for reaching on-time performance goals. The on-time incentive program pays co-workers up to $100 monthly when the combined airline hits targets for domestic and international on-time arrivals. The program reinforces the new United’s commitment to working together to deliver outstanding performance for its customers.

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United-Continental to cut up to 500 jobs in Houston

Continental Airlines (Houston) is planning to cut up to 500 jobs at its Houston headquarters.

The cuts would be management and salaried positions according to this report by Reuters.

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Copyright Photo: James Helbock. Please click on the photo for background information on the merger.

United Continental Holdings has a profitable fourth quarter and 2010

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) today announced fourth-quarter and pro forma full-year 2010 financial results. UAL results for the fourth quarter include the financial results of its two operating subsidiaries, United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Prior to the merger on October 1, 2010, UAL results only included the financial results of United Airlines. Pro forma results that consolidate the financial results for Continental for periods prior to October 1, 2010, are included for meaningful year-over-year comparisons.

UAL reported fourth-quarter 2010 net income of $160 million or $0.44 diluted earnings per share excluding $485 million of special items consisting primarily of merger-related costs and other special charges, an improvement of $347 million compared to the pro forma results year-over-year. On a GAAP basis, UAL reported fourth-quarter net loss of $325 million or $1.01 diluted loss per share.

UAL reported pro forma full-year 2010 net income of $1.6 billion excluding $765 million of special items, resulting in a net margin of 4.8 percent. On a GAAP basis, UAL reported full-year 2010 net income of $253 million.

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Continental Airlines to start Newark-Port-au-Prince flights

Continental Airlines (Houston) will begin nonstop flights between its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (PAP), on June 9, 2011, subject to government approval.

Initially flights will operate three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, converting to daily service on July 1, 2011.

The approximately four-hour flight (CO 703) will depart Newark at 9:25 a.m. (0925), arriving in Port-Au-Prince at 12:15 p.m. (1215). The return flight (CO 704) will depart Port-Au-Prince at 1:20 p.m. (1320), arriving in Newark at 6:15 p.m. (1815). Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-800 for the new service, with seating for 160 passengers (16 in first class and 144 in economy).

Copyright Photo: Nick. Please click on photo for aircraft details.

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