United Airlines (UAL Corporation)
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- United Airlines, the main subsidiary of UAL Corporation, is the fourth largest airline in the world by total passengers transported.
- UAL Corp. is a member of an industry alliance that strongly opposes a carbon dioxide cap and trade system for airlines in the European Union. Such a system could reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.
- United executives and the company's unions have clashed repeatedly over the past few years, including the pilots union calling for CEO Glenn Tilton to resign.
-- Profile Updated 07/06/2010
About United Airlines (UAL Corporation)
United Airlines, the main subsidiary of UAL Corporation, is the world’s fourth-largest airline in terms of total passengers transported. United serves over 200 destinations in 30 countries, and has a mainline fleet of 460 jets. Its regional connector, United Express, is run by independent contractors and operates 280 aircraft. United Airlines is a founding member of the Star Alliance, the world’s first and largest coalition of airlines. United reported sales of $20.19 billion in 2008, and employed 55,000 people in 2007. They are currently going through a merger with Continental Airlines. 5/3/2010
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United Airlines (UAL Corporation)
Chicago, IL 60601 United States
• United Airlines currently collects and recycles all plastic and aluminum beverage containers on flights that land in Hawaii. United Airlines plans to extend the recycking program to other cities including Los Angles, San Francisco, and Seattle-Tacoma.
-- United Airlines, 07/15/2009
• UAL Corp is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a global group of airlines and airports. The IATA has staunchly opposed plans for a carbon emissions trading system in the European Union that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of global climate change. The organization has argued that such a scheme would be prohibitively expensive for the airlines and make it more difficult to retain profits.
-- New York Times, 02/11/2009
• UAL Corporation received a score of 88 for the second year in a row on the Human Rights Campaign 2009 Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on policies that affect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The HRC Corporate Equality Index rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 percent.
-- Human Rights Campaign, 02/28/2009
• In 2002, five civil rights lawsuits were filed across the country against American, Continental, Northwest, and United Airlines for alleged racial discrimination against its customers. Filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the civil rights law firm Relman & Associates, the suits alleged that U.S. citizens of Arab, Guyanese, and Filipino descent were all subjected to rigorous security screening due to their appearance and were ejected from their individual flights after other passengers complained about feeling uncomfortable.
-- American Civil Liberties Union, 06/04/2002
• In August 2008, the union representing pilots at United Airlines called on CEO Glenn F. Tilton to resign due to what the pilots saw as poor governance. Union officials accused Tilton of being responsible for a decline in customer service, employee morale and financial performance, and pointed out that the U.S. Department of Transportation ranked United as the second-worst on-time airline for the previous month. The union’s announcement came as part of a new round of attacks against company executives, as the pilots were angry at not having received additional compensation since taking sharp pay cuts after the airline filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2002. During the bankruptcy protection period from 2002 to 2006, the pilots also had their pensions terminated.
-- New York Times, 08/11/2008
Source URL: www.nytimes.com/2008/08/12/business/12air.html
• United Airlines sued its pilots’ union in July 2008 after slowdowns led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights over a ten-day period. The suit sought a preliminary injunction against the Air Line Pilots Association and four of its pilots, claiming that they had encouraged United pilots to call in sick. The airline claimed that the cancellations resulted in $8 million in lost revenue and $3.9 million in lost profits. Because of federal regulations, airline pilots are not allowed to strike until after their union contracts expire. As a result, they often refuse to work overtime or resort to slowdowns to protest their employers.
-- New York Times, 07/31/2008
Ethics and Governance
United Airlines will be merging with Continental Airlines. The merger will result in a blend of the two airlines, and a likely increase in fares. Smoother connections will be another result of the merger for passengers. Another note for passengers is that all rewards programs will still be honored.
-- Business Week, 05/03/2010