Passengers who pay for a United basic economy fare don't get overhead bin space or bow out of a chance for an upgrade. Pictured is a United lobby at Boston Logan International Airport. United AirlinesSkift Take: Like them or not, basic economy fares are here to stay. And United is expanding them throughout its domestic markets. — Grant MartinBasic economy fares are expanding into a new batch of United’s markets only two months after they went on sale. The new fares strip away perks such...
Saudi Arabia has an appalling human rights record when it comes to the treatment of women. In the Middle Eastern kingdom, women are treated like second-class citizens. They’re banned from driving, mingling with the opposite sex, and going out in public without a male guardian. A Saudi woman was even flogged for checking her husband’s phone without his permission. Most appallingly, the testimony of one man is equal to that of two women in court. Women in Saudi Arabia Nevertheless, the Unite...
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In some ways, Ian Harkes has not separated himself from his famous father. He, too, starred at an elite Atlantic Coast Conference program. He, too, is a midfielder. Before signing a homegrown contract this winter with D.C. United, the team John Harkes captained at MLS’s birth 21 years ago, Ian explored opportunity […]
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen has been talking up his roster depth since training camp in Florida, and on a cool, clammy New England night seven weeks into the season, he put his faith in the reserves to the test. With six injured starters out of the lineup Saturday, United created a […]
In this June 3, 2016 photo, an American Airlines jet takes off from Miami International Airport in Miami. The company said it grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger after taking a baby stroller away from another passenger on an April 21, 2017 flight from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth. Alan Diaz / Associated PressSkift Take: All the facts aren't known yet about the incident on board the American Airlines flight before it departed San Francisco ...
Asian community organizations from Chicago hold signs to protest after an April 10 United Airlines incident in which a doctor was removed from a flight. United said Tuesday that it's too early to tell how bookings have been affected. Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune via APSkift Take: These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week. — Sarah EnelowThroughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all u...
Story On United 3411 and Dr David Dao – Fox 11 News Somehow I missed this last week, but the reporter from our local LA Fox station Zohreen Adamjee posted her story including an interview with me, on Facebook. You can watch it here and stay for the replay of her live chat after if you’d like. (The story itself is only a couple minutes long, it’s the rest of the live chat that takes up the bulk of the time.) Bumped off an airline flight? Here are your rights – Fort Wort...
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will not automatically become board chairman in 2018. United AirlinesSkift Take: It's easy to blame this on the incident last week in Chicago. And perhaps the two things are related. But it's not a big surprise Munoz will not become board chair next year. He had a heart transplant last year, and he has been reducing his role over time. — Brian SumersWhen Oscar Munoz joined United Airlines as president and CEO in September 2015, he was promised he woul...
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will no longer become the chair of the airline’s parent company, United Continental Holdings, in the wake of a scandal over a passenger who was forcibly removed from a United plane. Munoz was slated to fill that role in 2018, according to Reuters. The embattled CEO asked to change his contract with United to take out mentions of any future appointment as its board leader, according to a regulatory filing. The amendment leaves “future determinations r...
United Airlines Chief Executive Oscar Munoz will not chair the company’s board in 2018, it said in a regulatory filing on Friday, following a high-profile incident in which an elderly passenger was dragged from a flight. In a reversal of Munoz’s earlier employment agreement, he has opted to leave “future determinations related to the Chairman position to the discretion of the Board,” the filing said.
Though the MLS season is less than two months old, D.C. United has identified cracks in the roster and, according to sources inside and outside the organization, begun exploring potential acquisitions at multiple positions. It appears unlikely the club would make any moves before the league’s initial roster freeze May 8. The secondary window will […]
This week’s featured link: Aviation and the Media Survey There’s a lot of bad reporting out there about aviation, and now the American Aviation Institute is trying to get feedback on the aviation news media in this survey. This is meant for people who are close to the industry only. I’m not being compensated for this. I just hope that a healthy response with clear results could help to improve media coverage of this industry. (There’s always hope…) Two for the ...
KOCHI: An integrated opposition is the need of the hour with the upcoming presidential poll, said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressing the mediapersons in Kochi on Friday. The statement gains significance in the wake of reports that the Bihar CM had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to arrive at a common candidate. Speaking about the liquor ban policy in Bihar he said, “Complete liquor ban is feasible and it is a big success. The State exchequer got Rs 5,000 crore as revenue in...
United Airlines flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Newark have a special name — p.s. New United President Scott Kirby said those flight should have probably stayed at JFK, not Newark. United AirlinesSkift Take: Is there a more honest airline executive than United's Scott Kirby? Probably not. But that's a good thing. United's 2015 decision to leave New York JFK was a head-scratcher, and it's nice to see new management calling it a mistake. — Brian SumersIn Oct...
The video of physician David Dao being dragged down the aisle of a United Airlines plane, along with recent scandals engulfing Fox News, Wells Fargo, Volkswagen, Theranos, and other firms, highlight the importance of teaching business ethics and law effectively. We've heard this story before. After the 2007-08 financial crisis, the finance world was forced to confront why so many of its own had sold out borrowers, investors, and the general public for personal gain. Yet despite the widespread an...
>> The Capitals evened their NHL playoff series with an away victory. The Wizards took a 2-0 lead in their NBA playoff rumble. The Nationals won in Atlanta. (Even the Super Bowl champions were at the White House — the Patriots, certainly not the Redskins.) The president did promise a whole lot of winning if […]
United Airlines said on Wednesday it planned to testify at an upcoming U.S. House Transportation Committee hearing on commercial airline consumer issues after a passenger was dragged off an April 9 flight in Chicago to make room for crew members. Justin Harclerode, a spokesman for the House of Representatives panel, did not say who the committee planned to call as witnesses. A date for the hearing has not been disclosed. United ual spokeswoman Megan McCart...
With eight months left on his contract, goalkeeper Bill Hamid is deep in negotiations with D.C. United regarding a multiyear extension, multiple sources told the Insider on Wednesday. Hamid, 26, has been the club’s first-choice goalkeeper since 2011 and, in his eighth full season, holds the longest continuous service on the roster. A new deal […]
Pictured is a United Embraer E175 used by United Express. The airline will be transitioning some regional jet service toward mainline aircraft in domestic, business markets. United AirlinesSkift Take: United is reversing strategy and downplaying regional jets in favor of mainline service on important business routes domestically. The about-face from former CEO Jeff Smisek's strategy under current execs Munoz and Kirby will have rivals likely redrawing their own plans. — Dennis SchaalJust ...
United Airlines says there has been “concern” from its lucrative corporate clients in the wake of negative sentiment generated by the leggings controversy and the infamous “re-accommodation” of Dr. David Dao. Frequent flying corporates, which generate about half of United’s revenues, now want the airline to up its customer services game, the Wall Street Journal reports. "There has been concern from corporate accounts, which is totally appropriate,” Scott Kirby...