Posts Tagged ‘United Airlines’

United Airlines’ top pilot has a lot to say about perceived pilot shortage

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United Airlines Capt. Todd Insler, head of the Chicago-based airline’s powerful pilots union, is upset about what he would undoubtedly classify as “fake news” about the nation’s airline industry — namely all the talk in recent months about an alleged shortage of commercial airline pilots in the United States. The perceived shortage would seem to…

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Will United Airlines Order New Jets From Bombardier or Embraer?

Bombardier CS100

From late 2014 through 2015, there was growing speculation in industry circles that airline heavyweight United Continental would order jets in the 100-seat size class from either Bombardier  or Embraer. This would have filled a gap between its largest regional jets, which have 76 seats, and its smallest mainline plane, the 126-seat Boeing  737-700. Instead,…

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ANALYSIS: Regional pilot woes could speed fleet changes at United

United Express Embraer 175

United Airlines could speed up the shift to large regional jets and small mainline aircraft from 50-seat regional jets if the pilot shortage at regional carriers gets worse in the coming years. The Chicago-based carrier removed 30-seat Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops from its feeder fleet during the first half of 2015 and is on-track to…

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United Airlines does not see a fit for Airbus A380

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United Continental Holdings Inc has been in talks about purchasing the world’s biggest passenger jet from Airbus Group SE, the A380, but at the moment does not see it fitting with its fleet, the airline said Wednesday. The Chicago-based airline confirmed that its chief financial officer, John Rainey, told aviation news outlet Flightglobal: “We’ve looked…

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United Airlines swaps 10 Boeing Dreamliners for 777-300ER jets

United Airlines Boeing 787 Livery

United Airlines said Thursday that it has swapped 10 orders of Boeing Co 787 Dreamliners for 10 larger 777-300ER jets, marking a victory for the plane manufacturer as it seeks to sell out the 777 planes before their production ends. The news follows months of speculation that Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc would make the…

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U.S. Airlines Escalate Battle Against Their Gulf Rivals

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Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and American Airlines yesterday released evidence of what they call unfair subsidies given to their fastest-growing rivals, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The documents detail what the Big Three say is more than $42 billion in financial support the three Gulf airlines have received from their governments since 2004.…

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United Airlines to use its cash pile to buy aircraft this year

United Airlines Boeing 777-200

United Airlines expects to dip into its cash pile to help fund the purchase of new aircraft this year and rely less on debt financing, reflecting the U.S. airline industry’s dramatic financial turnaround, the carrier’s Chief Financial Officer John Rainey said in an interview. United, which had about $4.4 billion cash on hand at the…

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