United tells two regional airlines it will continue contract with just one: union letter

CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines has told two regional airlines, ExpressJet and CommutAir, that it will drop its contract with one, according to a pilot union letter seen by Reuters, in a potentially mortal blow to the losing carrier as the coronavirus pandemic guts demand. ExpressJet and CommutAir each work exclusively for United and the […]

United warns travel demand will languish until COVID-19 vaccine

CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines Holdings Inc (UAL.O) warned on Tuesday that travel demand will remain suppressed until there is a widely accepted treatment or vaccine for COVID-19, which plunged the carrier to a deep quarterly loss on Tuesday. Coronavirus infections are surging in the United States, causing some states to scale back reopening plans […]

United improves quarterly cash burn but employee demand for early exits weak

CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines Holdings Inc (UAL.O) said on Tuesday it burned through about $40 million per day in the second quarter but sees that amount slowing to roughly $25 million in the third quarter as it matches its flight schedule to coronavirus-hit demand. U.S. airlines are scrambling to adjust operations to hard-to-predict travel […]

Saudi King Salman, 84, admitted to hospital

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s 84-year-old ruler, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has been admitted to hospital in the capital Riyadh, suffering from inflammation of the gall bladder, state news agency SPA said on Monday. The king, who has ruled the world’s largest oil exporter and close U.S. ally since 2015, was undergoing medical checks, the […]

United Airlines, pilots union reach creative deal to limit furloughs

(Reuters) – United Airlines (UAL.O) and its pilots’ union said on Thursday they had reached an agreement on two different packages aimed at reducing involuntary furloughs in the fall and keeping pilots at the ready once coronavirus-hit demand starts to pick up. U.S. airlines, grappling with a dramatic industry downturn, have warned that tens of […]

Egypt's Sisi meets Libyan tribesmen after eastern call to intervene

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met mainly eastern Libyan tribesmen in a show of solidarity on Thursday, days after Libya’s eastern-based parliament urged Cairo to intervene in their country’s civil war. The meeting reflects the growing regional stakes in Libya, divided since 2014 between areas held by an internationally recognised government in Tripoli, […]