Agreed. Your "wright." Airlines are quite different than manufacturing soaps and other high yield consumer products with the industrys best brands. UAL, presently, far from a strong brand.
I agree that pilots, not just at UAL, sometimes can get way over their heads. They're not hired to sit on boards, determine company startegy, importantly, destroy an airline's reputation in 2 months time. They're hired and brought on board to fly planes. Unfortunately its quite more complex than that. Thank you Ichan, Lorenzon. In years past airline chiefs in an effort to cut costs have cut pay scales for pilots. Of course pilots remember this and don;t want to get fuched again. This is fair. COuld it happen again? Possibly, so as airines make more moeny than ever efore time is ripe for labor to demand more. But in their shortsighted demands for more money they may put the airline back into the same situation as so many were when the economoy was in sh*t during the late 80s early 90s.
As for UA's long term survival. Your correct, they're a little shaky. However, they still have the country's best route network, and an airline business is a netork business. UA, watch yourself, win back biz travellers, keep fighting greedy labor, and give up on US (highest CASM in industry).