Announced today LAX 787 and ORD 777 base closure delayed for 3-months. A portion of base pilots will have delayed displacements as bases are used to crew cargo flying Jul-Aug-Sep.
There will be more international flying opportunities for United FA's.
As we all know UA is now loading cargo in the cabin (overhead bins and closets). Up until now on all ferries and cargo charters fire safety duties have been the responsibility of the flight crew because the cabin was empty. However now that we are loading cargo in the cabin on some of our international cargo charters fire safety is no longer the responsibility of the flight crew, it falls to the Flight Attendants. Any cargo flight that has cargo in the cabin will now also have 4 flight attendants in the cabin for first safety.
Really does not move the needle much. There are 1000's of FAs on reserve not doing anything but being paid that can be assigned.
Kirby gave an interview yesterday and UA's situation is slowly improving although we still have a long way to go.
According to Kirby this past Wednesday UA carried almost 50,000 passengers in a single day this is up from our lowest point in April where UA was lucky if we carried 10,000 passengers per day but still down from half a million passengers per day which is what UA would carry in a single day before this crisis.
With UA still only flying 10% of our schedule this means fuller aircraft which is good news (depending on your point of view), but it is also bad news for non-revs because as we all know once a flight checks-in 70% full no non-revs will be cleared.
Also in terms of new aircraft delivery Kirby stated beyond the new airplanes UA is locked into (787s and MAX) it will be a while before UA takes delivery of any new jets. Looking at previous statements I think that means UA will take delivery of aircraft on the books through 2021, anything beyond 2021 that will probably be deferred. (UA already announced they would only be taking half of their original MAX order the remainder has been deferred). Also he eluded to the fact that UA will stop taking delivery of slightly used aircraft instead UA will keep most of our older aircraft because it is the less risky financial decision. Not sure what this means for UA's A321XLR order although Q4 2024 is still a ways away.
Lastly Kirby stated against all expectations UA's international business is doing just as well as UA domestic business, although he does agree domestic market will recover faster than our international market.https://skift.com/2020/05/28/new-united ... dle-seats/
50,000 vs 500,000 is still merely 10% of normal demand. Pretty horrendous.
On the deliveries, it was mentioned previously they were speaking with Boeing and did not anticipate any MAX deliveries in 2022, and were discussing their long term needs with OEMs.
For international its still bleak. With so few flights operating they are having a better chance of filling them, but overall picture is dire.
Crews were told today that the post Oct.1 international schedule would be a fraction of what was flown in 2019, and it might take 30-year seniority in some bases to hold a line!
Last edited by LAXintl
on Fri May 29, 2020 9:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.