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United Announces Santa Maria Return and More New San Francisco Service

United will be adding additional service out of its San Francisco hub for the upcoming summer travel season. In addition to the new services, the Star Alliance carrier will restart flights out of Santa Maria Airport (SMX) on California's Central Coast through its regional United Express brand (SkyWest). Beginning June 4, 2020, United will introduce new daily flights from San Francisco to Santa Maria Airport and a new seasonal daily flight to Milwaukee (MKE).  The service to Milwaukee departs San…

Changing Times: The Airline-Aircraft Combinations That Ended In The 2010s

As 2020 rolls around a decade of change has been brought to the airline industry and with mergers and acquisitions defining the 2010s, a round of aircraft removals drew headlines across the industry. So, as the next decade begins in under one week, let us take a look back at…

United Orders 50 Airbus A321XLRs, Defers A350 Deliveries

A decision from United was expected in relation to the replacement of the airline's aging Boeing 757 fleet that still operates in the coveted North Atlantic route segment among others. And that decision finally arrived on Tuesday; the carrier announced that starting in 2024, it will incorporate 50 Airbus A321XLR…

United Reduces Winter Frequencies to Hong Kong

Over the last few months, several airlines including Delta and United have been cutting capacity to Hong Kong as political unrest in the country and its economic effects have shifted demand to the Asian hub. United is taking the measure further and temporarily cutting frequencies from Newark and San Francisco as…

First Look: Inside United’s CRJ-550 Regional Jet

United’s new CRJ-550 enters regular passenger service on Sunday, and AirlineGeeks was invited to take a look at the airplane before its inaugural run. The reconfigured CRJ-700 is a stark departure from the regional jets of the past with comfortable seating and passenger-friendly amenities. United touts the 550 as, “the…

A Win and Fail in Airline Frequent Flyer Programs

Two interesting new developments have come about in the past two weeks with regard to airline frequent flyer programs in the United States. First United Airlines announced that that spending on flights would be the main driver of elite status qualification over the previous standard of miles flown, secondly, Delta…

United Airlines Outlines New Pilot Initiative

Major U.S. carriers are continuing to increase recruitment in hopes of replacing an aging group of pilots over the course of the coming years. According to CNBC, Chicago-based United Airlines announced on Thursday it would look to hire over 10,000 new pilots over the next decade. This comes as the…

United Announces Introduction of Plus Points

Chicago-based United Airlines has announced the introduction of PlusPoints, an upgraded benefit for the carrier’s premier customers. Beginning December 4, PlusPoints will replace Regional Premier Upgrades (RPU) and Global Premier Upgrades (GPU) which are used to upgrade a passenger from economy to a premier cabin. The introduction of the new…

Alfred Haynes: The Pilot Who Saved Millions

On July 19, 1989, Captain Alfred Haynes likely didn't have the time to realize two significant items about the day ahead of him. He was presented with a certainty that not many people are in a position to acknowledge: he was supposed to die that very day. The other thing…

Alfred Haynes: The Pilot Who Saved Millions

On July 19, 1989, Captain Alfred Haynes likely didn't have the time to realize two significant items about the day ahead of him. He was presented with a certainty that not many people are in a position to acknowledge: he was supposed to die that very day. The other thing…