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United enters the long haul endurance stakes for Australia-US flights

United enters the long haul endurance stakes for Australia-US flights

Ben Sandilands September 8, 2017 32 Comments

United's non-stops between Sydney and Houston may actually be about Air NZ's ambitions to do Auckland-New York City

Why SingaporeAir’s new US flight is about your backside

Ben Sandilands June 17, 2016 2 Comments

The first real test of the discomfort levels of the new Airbus A350 versus the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been set up on the painfully long Singapore-San Francisco route

More details emerge of massive Chinese hack on US airline

More details emerge of massive Chinese hack on US airline

Ben Sandilands July 31, 2015 3 Comments

There are more detailed claims in Bloomberg and Forbes in recent days as to the depth and true intent of massive Chinese computer hacking attacks on US companies, including United Airlines, that have obvious implications world wide.

United’s non-stop Melbourne-LAX Dreamliners a QF nightmare?

United’s non-stop Melbourne-LAX Dreamliners a QF nightmare?

Ben Sandilands February 20, 2014 30 Comments

Everyone seems to be stealing Qantas’s lunch. Yesterday it was British Airways with more A380 connections to London and today it is non-stop United 787-9 Dreamliners between Melbourne and Los Angeles.

United cuts 153,300 seats per year off Australia flights

United cuts 153,300 seats per year off Australia flights

Ben Sandilands August 19, 2013 7 Comments

United’s desire to exit the aging 747-400s must be really pressing considering its announcement today that it will downsize its twice daily 744 services from Melbourne via Sydney to Los Angeles or San Francisco to 777-200ERsĀ  fromĀ  1 April next year. That’s a whopping capacity cutdown of 76,650 seats each way in a full year

United 787 ends Tokyo flight in Seattle with engine problem

Ben Sandilands June 19, 2013 7 Comments

After receiving multiple tweets and messages that a United Airlines 787 flying from Denver to Tokyo had this morning (AU time) made an emergency landing at Seattle Tacoma airport there are follow up messages from aviation sources that it was an oil filter problem with an engine that caused the flight to be aborted.

United signs up for higher volume low fossil carbon fuel

Ben Sandilands June 5, 2013

Less than a month after an Australian study said conventional aviation fuel prices would have to treble before biofuel alternatives became competitive American carrier United has made a large commitment to buy such fuels from a California based refinery at prices it says will be competitive with current supplies of jet grade kerosene refined from […]

United Airlines loses 10 year old unaccompanied child

Ben Sandilands August 15, 2012 2 Comments

There are enough details in a very one-sided Canadian report about United Airlines losing an unaccompanied 10 year old child at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport recently to add to the Australian controversy over how its airlines meet their responsibilities to minors flying alone. It is important to note that United hasn’t released a detailed response to […]

United Airlines has Emirates like moment with incorrectly entered take-off weight

Ben Sandilands August 12, 2012 1 Comment

A US report has highlighted the incredibly close shave an Emirates A345 had at Melbourne Airport in March 2009 in a new case of faulty flight computer data causing a United Airlines 737-900 to struggle to get airborne. The Bloomberg report doesn’t say where or precisely when the United incident occurred but says a data […]

United’s first 787s in more but confused detail

United’s first 787s in more but confused detail

Ben Sandilands July 10, 2012

  United has given more details about its ‘induction plan’ for the Boeing 787-8, with the first five of a 50 jet order being placed into service this northern autumn after it starts getting them in September, in advance of an international debut next March between Denver and Tokyo. For United’s Australian customers, it is […]

United aborts Auckland 787s blames Southwest!

Ben Sandilands June 1, 2012 19 Comments

With one of the most bizarre excuses yet given for dropping a proposed new service to this part of the world United Airlines has blamed Southwest Airlines, the US low cost giant, for its decision to cancel plans for a Dreamliner 787 service from early next year between Houston, Texas, and Auckland, New Zealand. The […]

SFO dilemma for flyers as Qantas competitors consider their options

Ben Sandilands May 9, 2011 13 Comments

The last scheduled Qantas flight has left San Francisco for Australia and there is plausible speculation that Jetstar will take over by grabbing another Qantas A332 from its fleet and operating the route via Auckland later this year. However there is another factor to keep in mind in Virgin Australia and its approval-pending trans Pacific […]

Angry Flyers Lounge-United’s Star dims

Ben Sandilands May 2, 2009 2 Comments

United Airlines is supposed to be one of the brightest stars in the Star Alliance constellation of airlines. But Michael Durrant’s experiences suggest that it is fast fading, and he’s not alone in voicing his displeasure. This is part of a letter he wrote to UA’s managing director in Australia:- On October 6, 2008, I […]

This Delta connection is much bigger than announced

Ben Sandilands March 24, 2009

There is context to the announcement of the interline agreement between V Australia and Delta which seems to have escaped the regurgitaters of airline press releases. Delta, which eclipsed Southwest as the world’s largest airline in last year’s merger with Northwest wants United Airlines dead. Actually, deader than it is. V Australia’s owner, Virgin Blue, […]

Branson’s unguarded moment concerning United Airlines

Ben Sandilands February 7, 2009 1 Comment

Richard Branson’s comments prior to the delivery of V Australia’s first Boeing 777-300ER would find strong support among many, many travellers but must have caused a bit of pain at Virgin Blue. A report in the Sydney Morning Herald says:- Sir Richard, the largest shareholder in Australia’s second-largest airline Virgin Blue, took a broad swipe […]