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International fees help add $900M to airline revenue

The sky appears to be the limit when it comes to the money airlines make by charging passengers to check luggage.

The 20 largest U.S. carriers collected $906.4 million in baggage-related revenue in the third quarter, a 23 percent jump from 2009 results, according to data released Monday by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Get the full story »

United pilot duped AMA with fake M.D. claim

William Hamman watches data on a computer as he supervises doctors during a cardiology simulation. (AP/Gregory Smith)

He seemed like Superman, able to guide jumbo jets through perilous skies and tiny tubes through blocked arteries. As a cardiologist and United Airlines captain, William Hamman taught doctors and pilots ways to keep hearts and planes from crashing.

He shared millions in grants, had university and hospital posts, and bragged of work for prestigious medical groups. An Associated Press story featured him leading a teamwork training session at an American College of Cardiology convention last spring.

But it turns out Hamman isn’t a cardiologist or even a doctor. The AP found he had no medical residency, fellowship, doctoral degree or the 15 years of clinical experience he claimed. He attended medical school for a few years but withdrew and didn’t graduate. Get the full story »

United to offer bonus miles to mobile pass users

United Airlines said this morning that it is offering customers 1,000 bonus frequent flier miles through the end of the year when checking in for domestic flights (or those to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) on a mobile device. United offers mobile boarding passes at almost 40 airports.

US Airways to add 500 workers

US Airways Group Inc. said on Monday it plans to add a total of 500 flight attendants and pilots through a combination of new hires and recalls of furloughed workers. Get the full story »

UAL, Continental post quarterly profits

Buoyed by a global rebound in travel, United and Continental airlines flew into the black during their last quarter as independent carriers.

United Continental Holdings Inc., the parent company created by the airlines’ Oct. 1 merger, reported that United’s net income soared to $473 million or $2.12 per share, excluding fuel and merger-related charges during the third quarter. That’s a $533 million improvement from 2009 results. Get the full story »

UAL, Continental close deal to form No. 1 airline

Continental Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek walks through Terminal C of Houston Intercontinental Airport to catch a flight to Chicago on Sept. 23, 2010. (Tribune)

United Airlines closed its merger with Continental Airlines Friday to create the world’s largest airline, called United Airlines. The stock begins trading this morning under the symbol UAL. The holding company formed from the all-stock merger will be called United Continental Holdings Inc.

The two airlines will begin marketing as one company in the spring. In the meantime, travelers will see United employees at United kiosks and Continental employees at Continental kiosks, depending on which carrier is handling the flight.

The company is working to combine frequent flyer programs. In a call with reporters, Smisek underscored, “your miles are safe.” Get the full story »

United’s top lawyer resigns ahead of merger

By Ameet Sachdev and Julie Johnsson | The merger between United and Continental airlines is scheduled to become official on Friday, and there is an unexpected hole in the senior management team.

Tom Sabatino, who was supposed to be the top lawyer inside the combined United-Continental airlines, has resigned, the Tribune has confirmed. Get the full story »

United CFO to move to Nalco

Water-treatment company Nalco Holding Co. on Wednesday said Kathryn Mikells would join the company as chief financial officer after United Airlines and Continental Airlines Inc. complete their planned merger. Get the full story »

Moody’s raises its ratings on UAL Corp.

Moody’s Investors Service raised its ratings on UAL Corp. a notch, finishing the review of the airline it begun when the parent of United unveiled its deal to merge with Continental Airlines Inc. Get the full story »

United, Continental defeat effort to block merger‎

From BusinessWeek | UAL Corp.’s merger with Continental Airlines Inc. won’t create a monopoly and shouldn’t be blocked on antitrust grounds, a federal judge ruled, helping to clear the way for the deal’s completion.

Judge denies antitrust injunction in United merger

Bloomberg News | A federal judge in California denied a request that he enjoin the merger of UAL Corp. with Continental Airlines Inc. on antitrust grounds, according to a ruling in San Francisco late yesterday.

United fined for giving too much information

A United Airlines plane prepares for takeoff at O'Hare. (Chris Sweda/ Chicago Tribune)

Federal officials penalized United Airlines $12,000 for over-reporting its May tarmac delays, even though the flights in question did not violate new rules aimed at eliminating nightmarish ground delays.

The fine is the first issued by Department of Transportation officials related to rules, which took effect April 29, mandating carriers provide passengers with food, water and the chance to exit before a tarmac delay hits the three-hour point. Airlines face fines of up to $27,500 per passenger, or $3 million for a typical Boeing or Airbus narrow-body jet, for any flight that doesn’t comply. Get the full story »

United Continental shares to trade on NYSE

Shares of the new United Continental Holdings Inc. will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “UAL,” the two airlines that will become one said Monday.

United shareholders approve Continental merger

United CEO Glenn Tilton, left, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley at a press conference on the United-Continental merger on May 4, 2010. (José M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago-based United Airlines shareholders on Friday overwhelmingly voted to approve a deal to combine with Continental to form the world’s biggest airline.

Meanwhile in Houston, Continental shareholders also gave the merger a thumbs up.

Shareholders of United parent UAL Corp. met in Elk Grove Township on Friday morning to vote on the $3 billion stock swap. The companies expect the deal to close in the next two weeks. Get the full story »

United-Continental to keep Cleveland operations

United and Continental Airlines agreed on Monday to maintain a hub in Cleveland for at least five more years, as Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray ended his antitrust investigation of the mega-merger.

The announcement clears one of the last remaining roadblocks to the tie-up, which will create the world’s largest carrier. The Justice Department, which had been expected to provide the closest scrutiny of the deal, concluded its antitrust probe last month.

United and Continental shareholders will vote on Friday to formally approve the financial union of the two airlines. The deal is slated to close on Oct. 1, when Continental CEO Jeff Smisek will become chief executive of the new United. Get the full story »