Posted June 22, 2011

Continental Extends Sabre Deal To Coincide With United

Continental extended to 2013 from 2011 the expiration of its Sabre global distribution agreement to coincide with merger partner United, a spokesperson confirmed.

With that, we've updated the Deadline Watch chart to the best of our knowledge. For Continental’s Amadeus deal, the United spokesperson asked us to replace the previous (and definite) 2011 expiration date in the chart with a very indefinite "ND." The companies wouldn’t elaborate on what's up there. The expiration of both Continental's Read More »

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Posted May 16, 2011

United's McDowell Leaves By Choice

Former Continental Airlines senior manager for distribution planning Amos Khim will replace Robert McDowell as head of distribution at United Airlines, a United spokesman confirmed. According to a source, McDowell is headed to Choice Hotels. Read More »
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Posted January 26, 2011

Still Working On Up-Sell With Travelport, United Sees No Benefit From AA Conflicts

United Continental Holdings president and CEO Jeff Smisek today said he sees opportunity to work with global distribution systems on selling ancillary services as long as they "keep up with the swift pace of innovation."

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Posted December 22, 2010

Travelport Says New United Will Use Continental's Res System

United Airlines last week informed Travelport that it would terminate its agreement to use Travelport's Apollo reservation system as of March 1, 2012. "We expect that United will consolidate the internal reservations systems for United and Continental Airlines on the reservations system used by Continental," Travelport wrote in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing today.

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Posted by: Jay Campbell | More by Jay Campbell
Posted September 13, 2010

UBS: Global Air Traffic To Rise 5 Percent In 2011

UBS analysts this month issued a research report on the global airline industry, commenting that "recovery has been stronger than previously anticipated." They cited a "swelling, travel-oriented, middle class in Asia and the globalization of business" as key factors for a predicted 5 percent global traffic increase for 2011.

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Posted September 1, 2010

A Case Of Strange Bedfellows In NJ: United + Continental = Southwest Boon At Newark

The big news from last week was not that United and Continental passed Department of Justice scrutiny. It was that they did it by giving Southwest an incredible gift. In a behind-the-scenes deal, Southwest was granted 36 slots at Newark from Continental as part of a slot divestiture that cleared the merger of the DOJ's one area of concern. As a result, the DOJ dropped anti-trust proceedings and the merger has cleared a major hurdle on its way to approval. Read More »
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Posted September 1, 2010 - New York City

Hilfman Gets The Nod As Smisek Names Officers

The new United Airlines has selected most of its senior leadership team, naming Continental veterans Dave Hilfman and Mark Bergsrud senior vice presidents of worldwide sales and marketing, respectively.

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Posted by: Jay Campbell | More by Jay Campbell
Posted August 26, 2010 - Danbury, Conn.

UA 'Aligns' Humanitarian Groups On Merchant Fees, Maintains Agency Stance

A United Airlines official confirmed that the carrier in March 2010 notified some humanitarian organizations that they would be required to establish their own credit card merchant accounts in order to continue using United consolidator fares. Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
Posted July 27, 2010

Earnings Issue; United Airlines' Tague and Mikells To Leave

This week we take in-depth looks at the recent earnings results posted by American Airlines, US Airways, United Airlines, Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Even before the formal announcement was issued this morning, it had been clear for some time that United Airlines president John Tague was not a member of the executive transition team that was going to stay with the "new" United. That fact was also crystal clear as you listened to the airline's earnings call last week.

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Posted by: Holly Hegeman | More by Holly Hegeman
Posted July 20, 2010

Fee-Happy United Finally Out Of The Red

United Airlines parent UAL Corp. posted a second quarter profit of $273 million, emerging from a long financial slump and improving on some closely watched year-over-two numbers. The company cited favorable corporate and premium booking trends and particularly strong transoceanic performance. Analysts speaking with the company's executives on a Tuesday conference call sounded generally impressed. UAL's stock closed the day up more than a buck to $22.01. Why? According to UAL executives, Read More »
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