United Adds Nearly 150 New Flights to Winter Schedule
United Airlines, the largest employer of Machinists and Aerospace Union Members in District 141, is adding nearly 150 flights to its winter schedule.
In June, United announced plans to hire an additional 25,000 new employees over the next ten years. Additionally, the airline has committed to purchase nearly 500 new Boeing aircraft, built primarily by IAMAW Members in the Western Territory. After losing $7 million last year, CEO Scot Kirby announced separately that he expects the company to show a pre-tax earnings profit in July 2021.
“Celebrating the holidays with family and loved ones in 2020 was a challenge, and we know our customers are already eager to plan winter vacations and gatherings in person this year to make up for time that they lost,” said Ankit Gupta, vice president of network planning at United. “As pandemic restrictions ease, people are becoming more confident in planning travel further in advance, so we want to make sure to offer our customers as much choice as possible.”
The influx of returning customers, aircraft purchases, and new flights is good news for union members, who are preparing to update the historic agreement between United and the Machinists and Aerospace Union members employed at the airline.
Photo Credit: United Airlines
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