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UPDATED: Wed., March 4, 2020

United is first airline to cut U.S. flying because of virus outbreak

United Airlines will reduce flights, freeze hiring and ask employees to volunteer for unpaid leave as the airline struggles with weak demand for travel because of the new virus outbreak.


L.A.-bound flight returns to Newark after flames seen near wing

Maintenance crews on Thursday were inspecting a United Airlines jetliner that returned to New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport after it experienced engine trouble and flames were seen near a …


United buying 50 Airbus jets to replace older Boeing planes

United Airlines picks Airbus jets to replace some of its older Boeing planes that are used mostly on flights between the East Coast and Europe.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

United Airlines announces direct flights from Spokane to Houston during summer season

Beginning in June, United Airlines will begin nonstop flights during the summer season from Spokane International Airport to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

United removes Boeing Max 8 from schedule until mid-December

United again delays the earliest possible return of its grounded Boeing 737 jets


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

United follows Delta in allowing lifetime frequent flyer miles

United Airlines is changing its frequent flyer plan so that miles accrued don’t expire in a member’s lifetime.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

United tells pilots no alcohol for 12 hours before flights

United Airlines tightens alcohol-drinking rules for pilots after two were arrested before a flight in Scotland.


United will scrap 8,000 flights due to grounded Boeing jets

United Airlines expects to cancel more than 8,000 flights through October because of the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max planes.


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019

United Airlines extends cancellation of Boeing Max flights

United Airlines is canceling another month’s worth of flights with Boeing 737 Max planes that were grounded after two deadly accidents. United said Friday it has removed the Max from …


United Airlines trims growth plan for 2019

United Airlines is trimming its ambitious growth plan for 2019 because of the grounding of its 14 Boeing 737 MAX jets.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019

United flight out of Spokane strikes bird diverts to Seattle

A United Airlines jet that took off Friday morning from Spokane struck a bird and then faced visibility problems at the airport that prompted the pilots to divert to Seattle, …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018

United heeds tomato fan rage to return juice to the snack cart

United Airlines is bowing to demands from high-altitude fans of tomato juice after creating a social-media outcry by removing the beverage from its on-board menu.


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018

United gives $10,000 travel voucher to ‘bumped’ passenger

A passenger who was bumped off a full flight has scored the maximum prize – a $10,000 travel voucher.


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018

United suspends new reservations for pets in cargo hold

United Airlines is suspending its pet-shipping business after mishaps that included a dog winding up in Japan instead of Kansas.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018

Dog sent overseas by mistake returned to Kansas family

A dog that United Airlines mistakenly flew to Japan is back with its family in Kansas.


United mistakenly flies Kansas-bound dog to Japan

United Airlines says it’s investigating after mistakenly flying a Kansas family’s dog to Japan.


Dog dies after airline worker has it placed in overhead bin

A dog died on a United Airlines plane after a flight attendant ordered its owner to put the animal in the plane’s overhead bin.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018

NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

The National Rifle Association, and now the state of Florida, faced a growing backlash Saturday as companies cut ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre, and student …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018

Airlines sue over new Washington state sick leave law

A coalition of airlines including Alaska, JetBlue, United and Southwest is suing Washington state over its new sick leave law, saying the measure will increase costs and delays for travelers.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

United joins Delta in tightening rules for comfort animals

United Airlines wants to see more paperwork before passengers fly with emotional-support animals – and don’t even try to bring a peacock on board.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018

Official: Flight diverted to Alaska after man soils plane bathrooms

A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was diverted to Alaska after a passenger was accused of soiling two lavatories and trying to flush his shirt down a …


United apologizes to passenger who says U.S. Rep took her seat

United Airlines has apologized and given a $500 travel voucher to a passenger who accused the airline of giving her first-class seat to U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Houston …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017

Airline defendants to pay $95 million in 9/11 settlement

Insurers for American Airlines, United Airlines and other aviation defendants have agreed to pay $95 million to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. …


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017

How hot is too hot aboard an airliner? The law doesn’t say

Every day, tens of thousands of U.S. airline passengers settle into their seats, lower the window shades and reach up to twist the air vents without the benefit of something …


United kicks off new flights to SF and Chicago

United Airlines on Thursday kicked off its first new flights to San Francisco and Chicago


Violinist: United wouldn’t let her board with instrument

A classical musician has accused a United Airlines supervisor of barring her from boarding a plane with her centuries-old violin, sparking a scuffle that caused her to miss her flight …


Five new nonstop flights to take off in Spokane this summer

Five new nonstop flights between Spokane International Airport and cities across the country take off this summer, beginning Sunday when Southwest Airlines launches daily service to San Diego. The seasonal …


United CEO to investors: We’ll be more focused on customers

The CEO of United Airlines assured shareholders Wednesday that the company is doing all it can to be more customer-friendly since video surfaced of a passenger being violently ejected from …


UPDATED: Fri., April 28, 2017

Despite changes, overbooking unlikely to yield $10,000 payoff

On Thursday, United and the victimized passenger, Dr. David Dao, settled their dispute out of court. But the repercussions have been much wider, triggering modified overbooking policies and even elimination …


Chicago O’Hare security chief fired weeks after United flub

The head of security at Chicago’s airports has been fired, just weeks after a passenger was dragged from a United Airlines plane by security officers at O’Hare International Airport.