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.
Just my thoughts.