Category Archives: United Airlines

United adds 29 new flights to Miami for the Super Bowl

United Airlines is offering football fans across the United States more options to get to Miami for the Big Game. United is offering fans more than 5,600 seats through 29 additional nonstop flights to Miami from its seven U.S. hubs including Los Angeles and seven special point-to-point flights between Kansas City and Miami.

 

United’s Big Game Service to Miami

Day

From

To

Frequency

Friday

San Francisco

Miami

3 Flights

Friday

Kansas City

Miami

2 Flights

Friday

Chicago

Miami

5 Flights

Friday

Denver

Miami

1 Flight

Friday

Houston

Miami

5 Flights

Friday

Los Angeles

Miami

1 Flight

Friday

New York/Newark

Miami

8 Flights

Friday

Washington Dulles

Miami

2 Flights

Saturday

San Francisco

Miami

3 Flights

Saturday

Kansas City

Miami

2 Flights

Saturday

Chicago

Miami

5 Flights

Saturday

Denver

Miami

1 Flight

Saturday

Houston

Miami

6 Flights

Saturday

New York/Newark

Miami

6 Flights

Saturday

Washington Dulles

Miami

2 Flights

Monday

Miami

San Francisco

5 Flights

Monday

Miami

Kansas City

3 Flights

Monday

Miami

Chicago

4 Flights

Monday

Miami

Denver

1 Flight

Monday

Miami

Houston

5 Flights

Monday

Miami

Los Angeles

2 Flights

Monday

Miami

New York/Newark

9 Flights

Monday

Miami

Washington Dulles

3 Flights

United Airlines reaches 2020 adjusted earnings per share target one year ahead of schedule

United Airlines (UAL) has announced it reached its 2020 goal — first announced in January 2018 — to achieve adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) target2 of $11 to $13 a full year ahead of schedule. The company also achieved full year pre-tax margin growth of 2.6 points, which is expected to outpace its largest competitors for 2019.

  • Reported fourth quarter net income of $641 million, diluted EPS of $2.53, up 50% versus the fourth quarter of 2018, pre-tax earnings of $844 million and pre-tax margin of 7.8 percent, expanding pre-tax margin 2.5 points versus the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • Reported fourth quarter adjusted net income of $676 million, adjusted diluted EPS of $2.67, up 11% versus the fourth quarter of 2018, adjusted pre-tax earnings of $889 million and adjusted pre-tax margin of 8.2 percent, expanding adjusted pre-tax margin 0.5 points versus the fourth quarter of 2018.1
  • Reported full year net income of $3.0 billion, diluted EPS of $11.58, up 51% versus full year 2018, pre-tax earnings of $3.9 billion and pre-tax margin of 9.0 percent, expanding pre-tax margin 2.6 points versus full year 2018.
  • Reported full year adjusted net income of $3.1 billion, adjusted diluted EPS of $12.05, up 32% versus full year 2018, adjusted pre-tax earnings of $4.1 billion and adjusted pre-tax margin of 9.4 percent, expanding adjusted pre-tax margin 1.7 points versus full year 2018.1
  • Consolidated fourth quarter passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 0.8 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated fourth quarter unit cost per available seat mile (CASM) decreased 1.3 percent year-over-year and consolidated full year unit cost per available seat mile (CASM) decreased 1.2 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated fourth quarter CASM, excluding special charges, third party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 2.7 percent year-over-year. Consolidated full year CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 1.0 percent year-over-year.
  • Repurchased $216 million of its common shares in the fourth quarter of 2019, at an average purchase price of $88.95 per share, bringing share repurchases for full year 2019 to $1.6 billion.

“2019 was a great year for our United team — highlighted by achieving our $11 to $13adjusted EPS target a full year ahead of schedule,” said Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Airlines. “With a four-quarter streak of expanding profit margins, when all the results are in we expect our full year 2019 pre-tax margin growth to be the highest amongst our largest competitors. When I look at United’s fundamental strength, I could not be prouder of what we’ve accomplished in such a short time. This is the New United we set out to build more than four years ago. As we embark on a new year and decade, I believe the outlook for United’s future has never been brighter.”

1 Excludes special charges, unrealized gains and losses on investments and imputed interest on certain finance leases. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in the tables accompanying this release.
2 Excludes special charges and unrealized gains and losses on investments, the nature of which are not determined at this time. Accordingly, UAL does not provide earnings guidance on a GAAP basis.

For more information on UAL’s first quarter and full year 2020 guidance, please visit ir.united.com for the company’s investor update.

2019 Highlights

Operations and Employees

  • Flew most revenue passengers in company history.
  • Set new company record for most mainline departures with nearly 800,000 departures.
  • Number one in on-time departures at all hubs with direct competitors — Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.
  • Hosted Backstage 2019, which brought all 25,000 flight attendants to Chicago for an event which was designed to underscore the important role flight attendants play in delivering great service.
  • Profit sharing for 2019 was on average 45 percent higher per participating employee year-over-year.
  • Launched Aviate, a new pilot recruiting and development program and career website to establish a more structured career path to becoming a United pilot.
  • Hired nearly 9,000 aviation professionals in well paying careers with great benefits in 2019.

Customer Experience

  • Introduced ConnectionSaver, a new tool dedicated to improving the experience for customers connecting from one United flight to the next, saving nearly 100,000 connections to be made in 2019.
  • Became the first U.S. airline to offer non-binary gender options throughout all booking channels in addition to providing the option to select the title “Mx.” during booking.
  • Announced MileagePlus award miles never expire, giving members a lifetime to use miles on flights, experiences, hotels and more.
  • Announced free live DIRECTV on 211 Boeing 737 United aircraft equipped with seat back TV, providing more than 100 channels of live television.
  • Introduced a re-imagined mobile app to customers featuring a more dynamic experience that updates customers at each step of their travel journey.
  • Customers are now provided three inflight snack options on domestic flights regardless of departure time, including the Stroopwafel.
  • MileagePlus members between the ages of 18 to 22 received a discount on domestic flights when booked through the United mobile app through the end of 2019.
  • Opened the fifth of its award-winning United Polaris Lounges at Los AngelesInternational Airport.
  • Opened three new United Clubs at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
  • Announced the addition of more than 1,600 United Polaris® business class and United First seats to nearly 250 international and domestic aircraft.
  • Began flight operations at LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B Eastern Concourse.
  • Customers can now pre-pay for bags as soon as their ticket is issued. Previously customers had to wait until check-in to pay for their bags.
  • Announced partnership with CLEAR which includes a free or discounted CLEAR membership for U.S.-based MileagePlus members.

Network

  • Announced a total of nine new international routes and two new expanded routes beginning in 2020, including four new daily nonstop flights to Tokyo Haneda Airport.
  • Strengthened the domestic route network with 69 new routes including launching 54 new routes and announcing 15 routes beginning in 2020.
  • Launched 11 new international routes in 2019, including direct flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to Cape Town, South Africa; Prague, Czech Republic; and Naples, Italy.

1st 787-10 Dreamliner in new livery, delivered December 30, 2019

Above Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner N14011 (msn 40934) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 948822.

Fleet

  • Took delivery of 49 aircraft in 2019, including eight Boeing 787-10 aircraft, becoming the first carrier in the world to operate all three Dreamliner models.
  • Signed agreements to purchase 50 Airbus A321 XLR, 20 used Boeing 737-700 aircraft and 20 Embraer E175 aircraft operated by our regional partners.
  • Introduced a brand new and revolutionary regional flying experience with the addition of the two-cabin, 50-seat Bombardier CRJ 550 aircraft.
  • Unveiled next paint design, which brings a refreshed look to its fleet, serving as a visual representation of the airline’s ongoing brand evolution.
  • Launched Boeing 767-300ER ultra-premium United Polaris business class configuration on all flights between New York/Newark and Chicago to LondonHeathrow.

Community and Environment

  • Launched Miles on a Mission, a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing platform which gives customers a simple way to donate miles to non-profit organizations and charities in need of air travel.
  • Pledged on Giving Tuesday to match up to 10 million MileagePlus miles to featured Miles on a Mission partners.
  • Committed $40 million toward a new investment initiative focused on accelerating the development of sustainable aviation fuels and other decarbonization technologies.
  • Made history with the departure of the “Flight for the Planet,” the most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind in the history of aviation.
  • Renewed contract with Boston-based World Energy to purchase up to 10 million gallons of cost-competitive, commercial-scale, sustainable aviation biofuel.
  • Launched Her Art Here, a contest where two women artists were chosen to have their work painted on California– and New York/New Jersey-themed Boeing 757s to uplift underrepresented women artists.
  • Celebrated Women in Aviation International’s annual Girls in Aviation Day by hosting more than 500 girls in 14 locations around the world.
  • Became the first public company to be inducted into Pride Live’s Stonewall Ambassador program in recognition of the airline’s commitment to LGBTQ+ equality.
  • Reached a milestone of 1 million meals packed for charity partner Rise Against Hunger.
  • Donated $1 million to Feeding America’s Shutdown Response Fund to directly support the food banks providing food for families of federal workers.

United Airlines aircraft photo gallery (Boeing):

United to operate a Washington Reagan National – Newark shuttle

United Airlines has announced a new hourly shuttle service between Washington’s Reagan National Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport. United will operate the world’s only two-cabin 50-seat regional aircraft – the Bombardier CRJ550 on most flights. The CRJ550 is designed for business and leisure travelers who want true-first-class seating, Wi-Fi, more leg room and enough space for every customer to bring a roller bag on board.

With this new shuttle service, United will now offer more travel opportunities between these two cities than any other airline in the world. Tickets for the 13 daily flights between Newark and Washington, D.C. will be available for purchase beginning January 18 and service starts on March 29.

The CRJ550 is a first-of-its-kind jet boasting a wide variety of premium amenities, including:

  • 10 seats in United First, 20 seats in Economy Plus, and 20 Economy seats
  • Space for every customer to bring a roller bag on board.
  • A self-serve refreshment center for United First customers featuring a wide assortment of snacks and beverages.
  • More overall legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft flown by a U.S. airline.
  • The ability to stay connected while in flight with United Wi-Fi.

United’s daily shuttle service between Newark-and D.C. starts March 29, 2020

Depart DCA

Arrive EWR

Aircraft

6:00 a.m.

7:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

7:18 a.m.

8:21 a.m.

9:21 a.m.

10:21 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

12:21 p.m.

1:21 p.m.

2:21 p.m.

3:21 p.m.

4:21 p.m.

5:42 p.m.

6:42 p.m.

8:28 p.m.

E-175

CRJ-550

 E-175

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

E-175

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

Depart EWR

Arrive DCA

Aircraft

6:00 a.m.

7:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

7:21 a.m.

8:22 a.m.

9:21 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

12:14 p.m.

1:19 p.m.

2:14 p.m.

3:21 p.m.

4:21 p.m.

5:21 p.m.

6:25 p.m.

8:25 p.m.

9:25 p.m.

E-175

CRJ-550

E-175

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

E-175

CRJ-550

CRJ-550

Flight times subject to change.

New United x Carhartt uniforms hit the “Runway” right on time for winter

United Airlines made this announcement:

Customers are seeing a new look on United Airlines runways. Welcoming the new year, United is debuting new uniforms designed by Carhartt Company Gear (CCG) exclusively for the airline’s 28,000 Technical Operations, Ramp Service and Catering Operations employees. CCG worked directly with United employees for nearly three years to create a collection of uniform pieces that deliver hard-working designs that stand up to the unique demands of their jobs.

Approximately 1,000 employees from both domestic and international operations participated in focus groups and “wear tests” where their input was used to enhance garment features and functionality. The Carhartt collection includes over 50 pieces, each designed to address our below-wing workforce’s specific needs, like bottoms with custom-design pockets to fit wands and other tools, color-blocking on hi-visibility gear to address dirt and grime and fabrics designed to address the wide range of climate conditions across our system. As a part of this effort, Carhartt also put an emphasis on the women’s collection, ensuring these employees have garments that have both proper fit and function. These various design elements and options created will help employees perform safely and efficiently.

The uniform refresh is part of a larger effort to revamp all United uniforms for more than 75,000 employees. Each decision with United’s uniform design partners, Tracy Reese, Brooks Brothers and Carhartt, have been driven by employee feedback, with a focus on high quality fabrics, improved breathability and overall enhanced fit. The next step in this cohesive collection will be to complete a second wear test before revealing final designs from Brooks Brothers and Tracy Reese for flight attendants, pilots, and customer service representatives. United expects to share more information in summer 2020.

Photos: United Airlines.

American and United add special flights from GSP to New Orleans

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (the closest airport to Clemson) has made this announcement:

Football fans planning trips to New Orleans, LA. to watch the Clemson Tigers play for the national title now have nonstop flight options from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP).

American Airlines and United Airlines have added special nonstop flights from GSP to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) providing fans more options to see the Clemson Tigers play the LSU Tigers in the 2020 National Championship Game.

American Airlines:

 

Date

Flight #

Origin

Departure Time

Destination

Arrival Time

Aircraft

1/11/2020

2385

GSP

10:55

MSY

12:05

737-800

1/14/2020

2380

MSY

8:10

GSP

11:05

737-800

1/14/2020

2516

MSY

11:00

GSP

13:55

737-800

 

United Airlines:

 

Date

Flight #

Origin

Departure Time

Destination

Arrival Time

Aircraft

1/11/2020

4006

GSP

12:00

MSY

12:51

E175

1/12/2020

2492

GSP

11:00

MSY

11:51

737-800

1/14/2020

2480

MSY

17:00

GSP

19:41

737-900

 

In addition to the flights listed above, connecting service to New Orleans is offered by Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines.

United to fly to Dublin from San Francisco

United Airlines has made this announcement:

Traveling between the Silicon Valley and Dublin, Ireland – two of the world’s leading centers of technology and innovation – will soon get a lot easier. Today United Airlines announced that it will launch new daily nonstop service from its hub at San Francisco International Airport to the Irish capital beginning June 5, 2020. United will be the only U.S. airline to offer daily flights direct to Dublin from the West Coast.

United will operate its new San Francisco-Dublin daily nonstop flights with the fuel-efficient Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. With the launch of this new service, United will have more daily business class seats between Dublin and the U.S. this summer than any other domestic airline.

Proposed Flight Schedule, Beginning June 5, 2020*

Flight

Frequency

City Pair

Depart

Arrive

Aircraft

UA 852

Daily

SFO – DUB

3:55 p.m.

9:45 a.m. +1

787-8

UA 853

Daily

DUB – SFO

11:50 a.m.

2:20 p.m.

787-8

*Subject to government approval

United in Ireland

United has proudly served Ireland for more than two decades. With the addition of San Francisco, the airline will offer customers direct flights to Dublin from four of its hubs, including Chicago O’Hare, Washington Dulles and Newark / New York. United provides seasonal service to Shannon, Ireland from Newark / New York as well.

United’s San Francisco Hub

From the Bay Area, United operates more than 300 flights each day to over 100 cities in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia – more flights to more destinations than any other airline. Along with Dublin, United offers nonstop service out of San Francisco International to seven major European cities including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Paris and Zurich. United continues to provide unparalleled access to points across the globe from its SFO hub, adding direct flights to 13 top international destinations since 2013 alone.