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Jeff Smisek Resigns and Oscar Munoz Becomes New CEO of United

Effective immediately, United Continental Holdings Inc. said that Jeff Smisek will resign from his position as chairman, president, chief executive officer, and as a director. In replacement, the company has appointed Oscar Munoz as president, chief executive officer, and as a board director. In a statement, United also said that Henry Meyer, the lead independent director, will serve as non-executive chairman of the board of directors. [caption id="attachment_2842" align="alignright" width="249"] As of September 8th, Oscar Munoz is the CEO of United.…

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Cleveland Hopkins International Airport’s Chief of Marketing

This past Tuesday our Associate editor, Joe Pesek, was able to sit down with the Chief of Marketing and Air Service Development at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Todd Payne, to discuss the airport’s history, its once great hub, and its recent resurgence thanks in large part to low cost and…

Airlines Begin Banning the Shipment of Game Trophies

In light of recent news of the killing of world renown Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by American dentist Walter Palmer, airlines around the globe have updated their policies to no longer allow for game trophies to be shipped in their cargo holds. The first airline to make the change…

United Experiencing Computer Issues: Flights Grounded Nationwide

At approximately 8:50 AM EDT, passengers flying on United began to report delays due to system issues. Later, United employees were able to confirm that the outage has to do with the computer and reservation systems. At 9:43AM, United released the following Tweet: We experienced a network connectivity issue. We…

United Airlines Acquires a Stake in Azul for $100 Million

In an attempt to compete in the bustling Latin and South American markets, United will pay $100 million to acquire a 5% stake in Azul, the third largest airline in Brazil. The cash payment will be a capital injection, rather than a stock deal, as Azul has yet to become…

United Abandons JFK While JetBlue Grows

Just two days after United Airlines announced plans to cease all operations out of John F. Kennedy International Airport, JetBlue Airways took advantage of the opportunity by jumping in and quickly announcing plans of adding more flights out of JFK.  These are the exact transcontinental flight routes that United will…

Air China and United Airlines Expand Codeshare Partnership

On June 2nd, Air China, the national airline of China, and United Airlines, the world’s largest carrier by destinations served, announced a furthering of their codeshare partnership. The airlines already codeshare on certain routes and with this announcement they will now partner on an additional 22 routes in China and…

United Previews the Future With a New Website

Just this afternoon, United Airlines unveiled the beta version of its long awaited new homepage and booking features for its customers. While the previous home page was known for its outdated look and numerous bugs, United has attempted to build a website from scratch with similarities to its popular mobile…

The Cleveland Revival: How Low Cost Carriers Help Rebuild a…

Just over one year ago, United Airlines’ CEO Jeff Smisek had announced that Cleveland Hopkins International Airport would be losing its hub status. "Our hub in Cleveland hasn't been profitable for over a decade, and has generated tens of millions of dollars of annual losses in recent years," Smisek stated.…

United Airlines Orders Ten 777-300ERs

Chicago-based United Airlines has officially announced the conversion of ten of their orders for the Boeing 787-9 into orders for the Boeing 777-300ER. The Boeing 777-300ER is currently the largest twin-engine jet in mass production.  This move will go towards replacing old, less efficient aircraft in the United fleet.  With this…