Following on from Delta, JetBlue and American Airlines, United Airlines is the next Airline to gain approval from the US FAA to allow Personal Electronic Device (PED) use by passengers during take-off and landing. As with other airlines Wi-Fi, Bluetooth enabled devices must be switched to flight mode during take-off and landing or below 10,000 feet. “I want to thank the FAA and Administrator Huerta for working with us so quickly to offer this great benefit to our customers,” said Jim Compton, vice chairman and chief revenue officer at United. “Safely expanding the use of portable electronic devices is one of the many ways United is working to deliver a more user-friendly travel experience for our customers.” Currently, only United customers traveling on mainline flights arriving or departing within the 50 United States may operate portable electronic devices below 10,000 feet. However, the airline is working with its regional partners to extend the benefit, and expects to allow customers gate-to-gate use of their electronic devices across all United Express flights operating within the 50 United States by the end of the year as well. Passengers may still be asked to turn off their electronic devices in certain situations, such as low-visibility operations, and are reminded to carefully follow crew member instructions at all times. Voice calls from cell phones or VoIP-enabled devices are also still prohibited during taxiing, takeoffs, landings and while the aircraft is in flight. The full media release from United Airlines can be read here: United Airlines Begins Offering Electronics-Friendly Cabins
United Airlines has reconfirmed that the Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be back in the air soon with a media release stating that the company has already retrofitted 2 of its aircraft to resolve the battery issue, with the remaining aircraft to be complete soon. United Airlines further confirms that they will have the 787 Dreamliner back in operation on domestic flights from Houston to other domestic hubs from 20 May and their International Denver to Tokyo service from 10 June.
United Airlines have been doing Mobile Check-in and Paperless boarding on domestic services for a while now but today United have made this facility available on their international services. Mobile Check-in will be available for customers to use from 24 hours before boarding and the paperless boarding option allows a customer to board via an electronic boarding pass on their phone, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile or other smart phone device. Initally United Airlines Paperless boarding option will only be available on departures from the following airports: London Munich Amsterdam Brussels Geneva Zurich Moscow Osaka United plans to introduce the mobile boarding pass option at additional international airports, including Frankfurt, Tokyo Narita and Hong Kong, in the coming months. The full media release from United Airlines can be read below: UNITED ANNOUNCES MOBILE CHECK-IN AND PAPERLESS BOARDING FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL United Continental Holdings, Inc. today announced the expansion of mobile check-in and mobile boarding passes to United customers traveling with international itineraries. Customers may check in at united.com using a Web-enabled mobile device beginning 24 hours before departure. Additionally, United’s mobile boarding pass option is now available to customers departing from airports in London, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Moscow and Osaka. United plans to introduce the mobile boarding pass option at additional international airports, including Frankfurt, Tokyo Narita and Hong Kong, in the coming months. United currently offers paperless boarding at 62 U.S. airports, including its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Washington Dulles, San Francisco and Los Angeles. “The expansion of our mobile check-in feature and paperless boarding option to international travel enables our customers to enjoy even more flexibility and control throughout their travel experience,” said Martin Hand, vice president of customer experience. Continental Airlines currently offers the mobile boarding pass option at 70 airports, including its hubs in New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and international destinations including London, Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Zurich, Geneva, Amsterdam and Saipan. Customers flying on any Continental flight may check in at continental.com using a Web-enabled mobile device. United and Continental mobile boarding passes display a two-dimensional bar code along with customer and flight information, which scanners at the security checkpoint and boarding gate validate. A refresh of the mobile boarding pass will reflect any changes to seat assignments, gate changes and upgrade confirmations. The technology prevents manipulation or duplication of the boarding passes and heightens security. In addition to using the more environmentally friendly paperless boarding pass option, customers may also use Web-enabled mobile devices to check flight status, flight availability, itineraries and Mileage Plus® accounts, and sign up for notification via email, phone or text message of any changes to flight status. With the My ItinerariesSM function, customers can view their itineraries and, in the event of missed connections, see the flights on which they have been automatically rebooked, rather than waiting in line at the airport for agent assistance. Customers can learn more about mobile check-in and […]
United Airlines Mileage Plus Frequent Flyer program was recently awarded the best elite level Frequent Flyer program at the recent Frequent Traveler Awards. The Frequent Traveler awards recognises excellence in Frequent Flyer and Frequent Guest programs across the world with passengers and guests voting on their favourite program in several different categories. The full media release from United Airlines can be read below: UNITED MILEAGE PLUS® WINS BEST ELITE-LEVEL PROGRAM AT THE FREQUENT TRAVELER AWARDS CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2010 – Frequent travelers worldwide voted United’s Mileage Plus program as having the Best Elite-Level Program among all airlines in the Americas at this year’s Frequent Traveler Awards. The Frequent Traveler Awards represent excellence in frequent travel programs worldwide and rate the best frequent flyer and frequent guest programs across several categories. Over a million people from more than 200 countries worldwide participated, casting online ballots, choosing their favorite programs and campaigns for 2009. The Best Elite-Level Program award recognizes the benefits Mileage Plus provides to its elite members. “We are thrilled that our most loyal members selected Mileage Plus as having the Best Elite-Level Program,” said Jeff Foland, president of Mileage Plus Holdings. “It is great to know that our elite members recognize and value the unique aspects of the program we have developed.” Mileage Plus elite members get the best seats on United with complimentary access to Economy Plus® seats and Unlimited Domestic Upgrades. More information on the Mileage Plus program can be found at www.mileageplus.com.
United Airlines has unveiled the Boeing 757 aircraft that will be painted from nose to tail with imagery from the Oprah Winfrey Show Farewell season. In addition one customer will win a trip of a life time on this aircraft, along with a competition in which one lucky passenger ever month will win 1 million miles every month in the One Million Mile Sweepstakes. The full media release from United Airlines can be read below: UniteD AIRLINES UNVEILS THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW FAREWELL SEASON PLANE IN CHICAGO ONE CUSTOMER WILL WIN TRIP OF A LIFETIME ON NEWLY PAINTED PLANE’S INAUGURAL FLIGHT FROM CHICAGO TO LOS ANGELES UNITED LAUNCHES MONTHLY ONE MILLION MILE SWEEPSTAKES TO CELEBRATE United Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL), today unveiled The Oprah Winfrey Show Farewell Season Plane. The Boeing 757 aircraft is newly painted – from nose to tail – with imagery from The Oprah Winfrey Show Farewell Season. Onboard the aircraft, customers will notice a specially decorated interior and will be greeted by a special onboard video welcome from Oprah Winfrey. At a send-off event at Chicago O’Hare International Airport today, customers will hear a special message from Oprah Winfrey before boarding the flight. During the flight, one lucky ticketed customer will win the trip of his or her dreams by receiving enough United Mileage Plus® miles for a trip around the world. Each customer on the inaugural flight will also receive a specially monogrammed “Oprah 25” fleece blanket. “As Chicago’s hometown airline, United is proud to celebrate The Oprah Winfrey Show’s Farewell Season with our customers, employees and ‘Oprah’ show fans,” said Mark Bergsrud, senior vice president of marketing for United. “This unique plane represents the global reach of two great Chicago icons.” In conjunction with the unveiling of The Oprah Winfrey Show Farewell Season Plane, United is launching the United Million Mile Giveaway – a sweepstakes that will give one million United Mileage Plus miles to one lucky winner each month through May 2011. Additional prizes include Oprah Store e-cards, and details for the sweepstakes can be found at www.unitedmillionmiles.com. “We are delighted to team up with United to bring some of the excitement of The Oprah Winfrey Show’s Farewell Season to their customers,” said Sheri Salata, president of Harpo Studios and executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show. “It is thrilling to see our farewell season commemorated with a plane that will visit cities all over the country.” United will fly The Oprah Winfrey Show Farewell Season Plane to and from cities in United’s domestic network through May 2011. Customers and “Oprah” show viewers are encouraged to take photos of the plane and upload them to the plane photo gallery on the sweepstakes Web site www.unitedmillionmiles.com.
United Airlines has announced that from tomorrow it will introduce new menu options developed by Master Chef Curtis Stone. These new menu options will be available to business customers on flights from San Francisco International Airport to Tokyo Narita. The full media release from United Airlines can be read below: UniteD AIRLINES INTRODUCES NEW MENU DeVELOPED BY MASTER CHEF CURTIS STONE CHICAGO, Oct. 20, 2010 – United Airlines tomorrow is introducing an inspiring new menu experience created by the airline’s newest celebrity chef, internationally acclaimed Master Chef Curtis Stone. Customers flying in United Business® from San Francisco International Airport to Tokyo Narita International Airport may select an available menu option featuring healthy, high-quality organic ingredients, developed specifically for United by Curtis Stone. The menu option includes a salad and appetizer combination and entrée. The meal begins with a salad combination of fresh grilled and marinated free-range chicken, sliced paper-thin and topped with a crisp slaw mixture and fresh ginger sesame vinaigrette. The entrée features Niman Ranch braised beef short ribs with beef stock reduction accompanying honey-roasted heirloom carrots and celeriac purée. Niman Ranch cattle are raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and largely grass fed. “We are delighted to partner with Master Chef Curtis Stone to provide our customers with another exceptional in-flight dining option,” said Stuart Benzal, managing director, onboard global product. “Customers want great tasting, healthy food made from top quality ingredients, and Curtis’ simple yet elegant dishes will help bring our customers more of what they want.” “As a frequent traveler, I understand the importance of in-flight meals to the overall travel experience,” said Curtis Stone. “These menu options reflect my desire to create meals that taste great and also leave travelers feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.” Curtis Stone will collaborate with United’s Corporate Executive Chef Gerry Gulli on delivering the highest quality menu options and United will be the only airline to offer these entrées. For more information on Curtis Stone, please visit www.curtisstone.com.
United Airlines has announced that from today they will be introducing a brunch menu on P.S Transcontinental Flights. There will be two brunch options available to passengers in United Economy who pre-order 72 hours before departure which will include: Option 1: Quiche entrée, a fresh fruit plate, a cheese plate with dried fruit, a croissant with jam, salmon over cucumber dill salad and sparkling wine. Option 2: Tomato and mozzarella sandwich entrée, shrimp cocktail, a cheese plate with dried fruit, Israeli couscous salad, Ghirardelli chocolate and sparkling wine. United Airlines Brunch Options will cost US $24.99. The full media release from United can be read below: United Introduces Brunch Menu Options On p.s. Transcontinental Flights Customers may pre-order premium brunch meal on coast-to-coast flights CHICAGO, Oct. 6, 2010 – United Airlines today is introducing delicious new menu options for customers on p.s.® flights – between New York Kennedy and Los Angeles or San Francisco – including a selection of sweet and savory brunch items and sparkling wine. The two specialty brunch options are available to customers in United Economy® who pre-order 72 hours before departure at united.com. The first includes a quiche entrée, a fresh fruit plate, a cheese plate with dried fruit, a croissant with jam, salmon over cucumber dill salad and sparkling wine. The second includes a tomato and mozzarella sandwich entrée, shrimp cocktail, a cheese plate with dried fruit, Israeli couscous salad, Ghirardelli chocolate and sparkling wine. Customers may purchase either brunch option for $24.99. ”We are delighted to offer our customers a greater selection of onboard dining options, complementing what is already the industry’s leading transcontinental product,” said Stuart Benzal, managing director, onboard global product. Customers in United Economy may continue to purchase a variety of snacks and fresh food offerings onboard from the popular Choice Menu selections. Customers flying United’s p.s. service also have access to Gogo® Inflight Internet service. Every p.s. flight features 12 leather-trimmed, lie-flat seats in United First®, 26 spacious, comfortable leather seats in United Business®, and 72 Economy Plus® seats offering additional legroom and more personal space.
After the United Continental Airlines Merger earlier this year the merged company has finally released a revised logo and aircraft livery. The new logo features the company’s name UNITED in capital letters in a custom sans-serif font together with the Continental logo that was first used in 1991. The new aircraft livery will feature Continental’s colors/design with the blue gold white continental globe logo along with the company name UNITED in the new font and color. The full media release from United Airlines can be read below: NEW VISUAL BRAND IDENTITY FOR THE NEW UNITED AIRLINES Logo and livery to create a more modern look, reflective of the world’s leading airline CHICAGO AND HOUSTON, Aug. 11, 2010 – United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAUA) and Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today revealed refinements to the visual branding for the new global airline that will result from the proposed merger between the two airlines. The new logo displays the combined company’s brand name in capital letters (UNITED) in a custom sans-serif font, joined with the global mark which has represented Continental’s brand image since 1991. A corresponding update of the combined airline’s aircraft livery will adopt Continental’s livery, colors and design, including its blue-gold-white globe image on the tail, combined with the new-style UNITED name on the fuselage. Both airlines have earned strong brand recognition in one of the world’s most visible and highly competitive businesses. The new visual identity builds upon the significant value of each airline’s current brand, while advancing the combined airline’s future brand image.
With the announcement of the merger between United and Continental Airlines out of the box, focus has turned to the merged company’s new logo, after just getting access to the merger announcement website the new logo is revealed. Pic 1 – The New United Airlines Logo Pic 2 – The New United Airlines Livery I don’t know about this one, I think I preferred the old United Airlines logo, I would like to hear your thoughts? Also to note it looks like the company slogan/motto will be “Let’s Fly Together” P.S. by the way the merger site can be found at the following address: http://www.unitedcontinentalmerger.com/
As posted earlier on this site below is the formal announcement that United and Continental Airlines will merge, under the name United Airlines, to form the largest airline in the world, also the merged company will use the Continental Airlines logo as pictured below: UNITED AND CONTINENTAL ANNOUNCE MERGER OF EQUALS TO CREATE WORLD-CLASS GLOBAL AIRLINE Customers and Communities to Benefit from Greater, Easier Access to World’s Most Comprehensive Network; Preserves and Enhances Service to Small Communities Employees to Benefit from Enhanced Long-Term Career Opportunities and Greater Stability as Part of Stronger Global Competitor Shareholders to Benefit from Strong Financial Foundation, Expected Net Annual Synergies of $1.0 Billion to $1.2 Billion and Sustainable Long-Term Value Award-Winning Customer Service Combines With Industry-Leading On-Time Performance Industry-Leading Frequent Flyer Program Provides More Opportunities to Earn and Redeem Miles Worldwide Existing Alliance Partnership Provides Platform for Smooth Integration Name of Airline Will be United with Continental’s Logo and Livery HOUSTON AND CHICAGO, May 3, 2010 – Continental (NYSE: CAL) and United (NASDAQ: UAUA) today announced a definitive merger agreement, creating the world’s leading airline with superior service to customers, expanded access to an unparalleled global network serving 370 destinations around the world, enhanced long-term career prospects for employees, and a platform for improved profitability and sustainable long-term value for shareholders. The all-stock merger of equals brings together two of the world’s premier airlines, creating a combined company well positioned to succeed in an increasingly competitive global and domestic aviation industry. Glenn Tilton, chairman, president and chief executive officer of UAL Corp., will serve as non-executive chairman of the combined company’s Board of Directors through December 31, 2012 or the second anniversary of closing, whichever is later. Jeff Smisek, Continental’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, will be chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors. He will also become executive chairman of the Board upon Tilton’s ceasing to be non-executive chairman. The combined organization will draw on the talented group of leaders from both companies, and key management positions will be determined prior to the transaction’s closing. The combined company’s management team is expected to include an equitable and balanced selection of executives from each company with the intention that each company will contribute roughly equal numbers. In addition to Smisek and Tilton, the 16-member Board of Directors will include six independent directors from each of the two companies and two union directors required by United’s charter. The holding company for the new entity will be named United Continental Holdings, Inc. and the name of the airline will be United Airlines. The marketing brand will be a combination of the brands of both companies. Aircraft will have the Continental livery, logo and colors with the United name, and the announcement campaign slogan will be “Let’s Fly Together.” The new company’s corporate and operational headquarters will be in Chicago and it will maintain a significant presence in Houston, which […]