Just received this email from UAL... It sounds depressingly similar to
another email that I received from US Airways last month...
Dear Mr. ******,
United Airlines has been in the news lately as we, and the
rest of the airline industry, grapple with how to respond to
the dramatic changes in our business environment as a result
of the economic slowdown. Because of your continued loyalty,
I wanted to share important steps our company is taking to
ensure that United continues to meet your needs in the years
Our efforts in the past 11 months have been focused on
bringing our costs in line with reduced revenues. While we
have made considerable progress, this week we announced we
are changing the company's business plan to build a stronger
and more competitive company. With the improvements, our
goal is to ensure we get the significantly broader, deeper
and longer-term cost savings we need to compete given the
new realities of the aviation industry.
Over the next 30 days we are intensifying our cost-cutting
efforts and presenting new proposals to our suppliers, union
leadership and employees. In the event we are unable to
reach agreement with our stakeholders on necessary cost
reductions, we are simultaneously preparing for the
potential of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing this fall. While
no decision has yet been made, we would consider
reorganization under Chapter 11 to ensure continued normal
business operations while we restructure our company.
Regardless of how we implement our cost reductions, you
should be confident that we will CONTINUE TO FLY A SAFE AND
RELIABLE AIRLINE, and you will continue to reap the benefits
of Mileage Plus(R) membership. WE WILL HONOR MILES PREVIOUSLY
EARNED IN MILEAGE PLUS, AND YOU WILL CONTINUE TO ACCRUE
MILES FOR TRAVEL ON UNITED AND OUR MILEAGE PLUS PARTNERS.
We are committed to building a stronger and more competitive
company that meets your needs today and for years to come.
We will keep you informed of our progress going forward. In
the meantime, on behalf of the 84,000 employees of United,
thank you for your continued loyalty and support.
Senior Vice President
Marketing and Sales