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  1. Cosmo

    CO Will Start IAH-FRA Nonstops On Nov. 1, 2009

    The press release was issued earlier this morning (read it here). The flight will link two major Star Alliance hubs (once CO joins next year, of course :up: ) as a part of the planned CO-UA-AC-LH joint venture.
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    United and Jet Airways to Codeshare to India

    United just released this press release announcing its codesharing agreement with Jet, expected to be effective around November 1, 2008. The codeshare will be between 13 Indian cities and United's five U.S. hubs, presumably via a European hub. So what, if anything, does this do to Air India's...
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    United Receives Tentative DOT OK For LAX-SJD

    See this DOT press release issued earlier today.
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    United & Aer Lingus To Codeshare

    See this United press release for the details. This opens up a growing transatlantic market for United, albeit indirectly. But I suppose it also means that United won't be flying there itself any time soon (not that it had the aircraft to do so right now anyway). But perhaps more...
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    UA IAD-KWI Nonstop Service Goes Daily

    United issued a press release earlier today announcing that their IAD-KWI flights would increase from thrice weekly to daily nonstop service effective January 2, 2008. The press release also announced a new code-share agreement with Qatar Airways, which presumably includes its new IAD-DOH daily...
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    American's DFW-PEK Application in Jeopardy

    See this American press release issued within the past 30 minutes.
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    United Express Starts Service to Huntsville, Alabama

    United issued a press release this morning announcing that it would start serving Huntsville in 2007. Once daily DEN service with SkyWest CR7s (with explus) starts February 14 and twice daily IAD service with Mesa CRJs starts April 9. The new IAD service should take advantage of the large...
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    DOT Awards United New ORD-CUN Nonstop Route

    DOT issued this Order yesterday awarding United new nonstop authority to serve the ORD-CUN route, effective immediately. United said it would start service within 90 days with one daily round trip TED flight, with frequencies growing to twice-daily in mid-December at the start of the peak...
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    New United North American Routes

    CHICAGO, March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United today announced 15 new North American routes for customers in time for summer travel. Seven of these new destinations will be served by United Express®' regional jet service, explus(SM), which offers the most premium seats of any regional jet...
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    United And AFA Reach Pension Agreement

    United and its Flight Attendants today announced that they have reached a tentative agreement on a replacement defined contribution pension plan to be effective January 1, 2006, subject to member ratification by the end of February. You can read some of the details in this AFA press release. I...
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    Northwest Dropping Jfk-nrt

    Not a good omen ... Northwest is dropping its nonstop JFK-NRT service on October 2 (see this press release), leaving the nonstop market to AA, UA, JL and NH (plus CO from EWR). The B747-400 used on this major business route will be switched to the carrier's LAX-NRT flight, replacing a B747-200.
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    Pbgc Takes Over United Pilots' Pension Plan

    Read the PBGC press release here. By taking over the plan today, United pilots will not qualify for the slightly higher payments that go into effect on January 1, 2005, for pension plans terminated in 2005. This seems somewhat punitive to me given that pilots must retire at age 60 and thus...
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    United 2nd Quarter 2004 Financial Results

    United just issued this press release with its 2nd quarter 2004 financial results. It was somewhat better than I expected, with a $7 million quarterly operating profit and a net loss of $247 million (a net loss of $103 million before reorganization items). The real eye-opener was United's 2nd...
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    United's May Traffic Results

    United announced its May 2004 traffic results this afternoon. The highlight was a record load factor for May of 80.1%, which IIRC was the highest achieved by any of the legacy network carriers. But before anyone else says it, I know that high load factors are not necessarily indicative of...
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    United Reports March 2004 Traffic Results

    Earlier today, United reported its March 2004 traffic results. In addition to an average system load factor of 80.1% (up 6.4 percentage points), the carrier showed large increases in international RPMs, up 20.2% across the Pacific and up 15.7% across the Atlantic during the month, with little...
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    United/aca Transition Agreement

    ACA just announced that it and United have reached an agreement for ACA to transition out of the United Express program in three phases this summer between June 4 and August 5. The agreement is subject to approval by United's bankruptcy judge, and the next hearing is scheduled to be held on...
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    Dot Gives United Dca-den Authority

    Earlier today, DOT awarded United 2 of the 12 new DCA beyond-perimeter slot exemptions to begin DCA-DEN nonstop service with one daily round trip. This new service should start in about 90 days. United also applied for two daily DCA-SFO nonstop round trips but that application was denied. You...
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    United Reinstates Nonstop Iad-smf

    It only took about a week, but United's response to JetBlue's new IAD-SMF service and additional IAD-OAK service came out this afternoon. Similarly to JetBlue, United will reinstate daily nonstop service in the IAD-SMF market and add a third daily nonstop in the IAD-OAK market. Arguably, the...
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    United/shuttle America

    United just announced that Chautauqua, Republic and Shuttle America will join the United Express program later this year, operating 16 50-seater RJs (probably ERJ-145s), 16 70-seater RJs (CRJ-700s?) and 10 34-seat Saab turboprops, respectively. These aircraft will be used at United's ORD and...
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    More Crjs To Help Replace Aca Flights

    Well, this will help United replace ACA's flights at IAD and ORD. Read Air Wisconsin's press release from today here.