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United to operate charter flights for Giants

United Airlines said Thursday it has agreed to fly the San Francisco Giants baseball team to road games and work with the defending World Series champions on customer and fan promotions.

The Chicago-based airline will also get its name on more signs inside the Giants’ stadium, AT&T Park, and on the schedule page of the baseball club’s website under a letter of agreement signed by the team and the air carrier. Financial terms were not disclosed. Get the full story »

Vote on recall of head of United pilot union delayed

A vote to recall the head of United Airlines’ pilots union has been postponed until Thursday, sources told the Tribune. Get the full story »

350 suspected terrorists blocked from planes

The U.S. government has prevented more than 350 people suspected of ties to al-Qaida and other terrorist groups from boarding U.S.-bound commercial flights since the end of 2009, The Associated Press has learned. Get the full story »

United Continental traffic declines in March

United Continental Holdings Inc. said traffic at United and Continental airlines fell at a faster pace in March. Get the full story »

Airlines may be easing up on fare hikes

Travelers check in at at O'Hare International Airport, Sept. 14, 2010. (William DeShazer/Chicago Tribune)

There are some signs that airlines are starting to take their foot off the pedal after pushing through more than six major fare increases in the first three months of the year.

March may have been a turning point. A $10 fare increase launched March 9 by American Airlines and two other $10 round-trip fare hikes launched by United Airlines were rolled back after some competitors declined to push their prices higher. And some ticket prices showed sharp price drops in the second half of the month. Get the full story »

United, Continental hike fares $10

United and Continental are raising some U.S. airfares by $10 per round trip. Airfare experts said that as of midday Friday, other airlines had not matched the higher prices. Get the full story »

United, Continental cutting capacity to Japan

United and Continental airlines are reducing flights between the U.S. and Japan because of a drop in demand since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Get the full story »

Continental strikes labor deal with 7,200 workers

The parent company of United Airlines and Continental Airlines said Wednesday that Continental has reached a labor agreement with representatives of some 7,200 non-union employees who work as reservation agents and in other passenger-service roles. Get the full story »

United Airlines to advertise on Wrigley rooftop

Budweiser's ad on a Wrigley Field rooftop on Waveland Ave. is removed in September of 2008 to make way for a Horseshoe Casino ad, which will soon be replaced by one for United. (Phil Velasquez/Tribune)

The highly visible rooftop sign across the street from Wrigley Field will have a new advertiser this season.

The Cubs announced Monday that United Airlines has bought the rights to advertise on the rooftop, which is beyond the left-field bleachers on Waveland Avenue. The Horseshoe Casino in Indiana had advertised on the rooftop the last few seasons. Before that, the rooftop was painted red and sported the Budweiser logo for many years. Get the full story »

United Continental to roll out Wi-Fi in 2012

The last big U.S. airline holdout to the Wi-Fi revolution, United Continental Holdings Inc., unveiled plans to wire 200 domestic aircraft for satellite-based broadband service starting next year.

United Continental said Tuesday it had signed a letter of intent with LiveTV, a subsidiary of JetBlue Airways, to provide inflight Internet service on more than 200 Continental Boeing 737 and 757 jets already equipped for DirecTV service. Get the full story »

United Continental shifts more flying overseas

The company that runs United and Continental airlines says it will shift more flying to international routes this year.

The combined United and Continental will cut domestic flying 2 percent to 3 percent this year. That cut is a half percentage point more than previously planned. International flying will rise 3 percent to 4 percent — also a half percentage point more than planned before. Their overall 2011 flying is expected to be about the same as last year. Get the full story »

United makes deal with Teamsters

United Continental Holdings Inc.’s United Airlines and the Teamsters Union have reached a tentative agreement on a contract for 5,500 U.S. aircraft technicians and related employees. Get the full story »

United OKs mobile check-in for international travel

United Continental has announced the expansion of mobile check-in and mobile boarding passes to United customers traveling with international itineraries. Get the full story »

Rising fuel costs ground United’s growth plans

With fuel costs soaring, the parent company of United Airlines said Monday that it is curtailing growth plans for 2011 and cutting its domestic flying more deeply than it had planned.

United Continental Holdings Inc. said that its system-wide capacity would remain flat for the year, and that it would curb capacity by offering fewer flights on some routes, exiting less-profitable routes and postponing the start of some new flights, such as planned service from Newark, N.J., to Cairo¬† slated to launch this spring. Get the full story »

Continental stops Cairo service plan

Continental Airlines, recently bought by United Airlines to form United Continental Holdings Inc , has scrapped plans to launch new service to Cairo, because of declining travel demand to Egypt, which is grappling with political unrest.

Continental said it has “indefinitely postponed” the planned service from Newark, New Jersey, to Cairo, which was to have begun on May 18. Get the full story »