No one should take too much stock into that "Untied.com" slam-site. That place seems to have a lot of misguided, infrequent fliers with poor writing skills that just wanna vent.
However, what IS clear to everyone now is that United is a runaway bus without a driver. And the 300 ft. cliff is just a few miles down the road. I don't think the company is going to recover as quickly as it faltered. The damage seems to still be ongoing without management really comprehending how they're STILL *fucqing* up.
...And to top it off, UA agreed to pay US Airways $50 million if the deal *doesn't* go through (which, at this point, it won't). That's right, ****$50,000,000**** to US Airways if the acquisition doesn't happen. Gee. --I wonder who thought of that 'lil mind-blowing, fiscally-responsible game plan?
Now, with all of the red ink and financial bloodshed, they almost overnight, decide to go out and purchase a bunch of business jets. I doubt they researched this as thoroughly as a NORMAL large carrier would. From what I hear, many of the employees of United are thoroughly pissed off and rightly embarrassed at the atrocious mis-guidance of their company. I know I would be.
I hope Goodwin and Dutta get a nice severence package when they get booted out soon (which, at this point, is basically guaranteed) . The severity of incompetence from the "leaders" of United is shocking. It's even jaw-dropping. You'd expect this type of folly and sheer cluelessness from a lowfare, small upstart carrier. But not from one of the world's largest!
And folks, I don't think blaming the pilots' raise for the current predicament is accurate. Why? Because a *good* management team would have rectified any contract disputes BEFORE the pilot's threats to slowdown became real. I doubt Crandall, Carty, Mullin, Dasburg, or even Wolfe himself woulda ignored the pilot's labor action for three days, much less AN ENTIRE SUMMER!!! With all the flight cancellations in the first week that summer, it shoulda been well apparent to Goodwin that those pilots meant business. This is regardless of whether the pilots were being "greedy," "unrealistic," or plain wrong. They should have at least *tried* to work out SOMETHING at the eleventh hour, especially since the pilot's union had been actively telling management about contract issues months BEFORE to the slowdown. Gosh! What dumbasses!!!
I feel sorry for UA's "employee" owners. They shoulda gotten rid of those boys at the top months ago.
Yes United is ALREADY on the TWA/Pan Am/Eastern flight plan. Tragic.