NomoreRJs From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 596 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 3750 times:
Hello all, I'm an aviation nut (go figure and found this interesting forum) and wanted to get your thoughts on the survival of UA.
Clearly, labor (labour for our friends across the pond) and management do not get along. Outside of Telecom, full-service / full-cost US flag carriers are the most likely to go belly up in the short-term.
Ax the current management at UA. They want to stop funding the pension for employees that have given quite a bit back for the carriers survival. In addition, they have brought back the days of Jack Wolfe.
Focus on your strengths! This would be Chicago, Denver, and San Francisco. Dulles to UA is the Dallas to DL and LAX has too much competition and WN flies to the airport. Cut your losses and move on. Emphasis should be placed on international service where there is limited low cost carriers and higher fares.
Reduce frequency on routes and add bigger planes! I'ld rather fly a 319 with less frequency than an RJ every 3 hours. Heck, the time saved in delays with reduced flights makes it a better option.
Add more international flights! Outside of the Caribbean, low fare carriers do not fly abroad. This is a huge O&D market with substantial premium traffic. Move European Dulles flights to ORD, add ICN, SCL, BOG and Central America to the schedule.
Simplify the fleet. Is it necessary to have 733/735, 319/320, 744, 757/767, 777? Five fleet types is not terrible to manage, but reducing one or two would reduce operating expenses.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 3720 times:
Well by playing armchair CEO to a topic that has been discussed 9 billion times, you're gonna catch some heat and start a few wars. Better don the asbestos suit and hed for the bunker because you really opened Pandoras Box.
StevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 17 hours ago) and read 3688 times:
Ax the current management at UA. They want to stop funding the pension for employees that have given quite a bit back for the carriers survival. In addition, they have brought back the days of Jack Wolfe
Who the hell is Jack Wolfe? Related to Virgina Wolfe, maybe? Surely not a past UAL CEO, that's for sure. I remember seeing and listening to a STEPHEN WOLF...could that be who you mean?
Add flights to ORD, huh? In case you don't have a TV or newspaper or internet access, the government has been hammering the airlines for cutting back flights at ORD, and finding other solutions. DEN and IAD will need to pick up some of that traffic. UA has a lot invested in IAD, especially on the international scene, and won't back down, not ever. UA is here to stay in IAD.
Ax the current management, huh? And just who is in line to take over the CEO spot at UAL? I can't imagine anyone's beating down the front door in Elk Grove Township wanting that job. Bankruptcy sucks...and this management team has had to make some tough decisons, with many more to come. As far as curent management is concerned, I'll bet you didn't know that a large majority of them are NEW, and that a lot of the older ones have left in the past two years. Keep Tilton and Brace and their immediate team...they're the ones who have led UAL this far, and much farther than anyone imagined.
Welcome to a-net, and do some research first before posting next time, OK?
As you can tell, UA flies 308 flights to 76 destinations from IAD, and has a decent north-south presence on the eastern seaboard. The problem is that UA doesn't do a good enough job marketing itself on the east coast, and as a result, most people on the east coast don't fly them, flying airTran, American, Continental, Delta, Independence, jetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, or US Airways instead. Additionally, fares on such routes have been kept artificially high, and as a result, passengers fly other airlines (a UA weakness which I-Air is now attempting to exploit)...
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Bicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 3600 times:
Welcome to the forum, NomoreRJs!
New participants often ask questions that have been discussed to death here. To avoid making that mistake, be sure to use A.net's "Search" function. Rather than start a new thread, it's often useful to reply to an older one on the same topic. That way, we all won't have to retype or cut and paste our previous comments.
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