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Company Watch - United Airlines.

United Airlines consolidated its airport operations and cargo divisions into one unit to be led by Senior VP-Cargo Scott Dolan. Senior VP-Airport Operations Larry De Shon will leave the airline and Alex Marren will assume the role of VP-operational services. Executive VP and COO Pete McDonald said the move will "further streamline United's operations" and drive down costs. Dolan, formerly COO of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, joined UA in 2004 and focused on lowering cargo operating costs as the carrier navigated through bankruptcy reorganization. United also has initiated a search for a senior VP-human resources. May 4, 2006

United to consolidate cargo, airport operation divisions. United Airlines will consolidate its cargo division and airport operations into one organization. Scott Dolan, the company's vice president of cargo, will lead the new entity. May 4, 2006

United Airlines will launch daily Chicago O'Hare-Cancun flights from July 5 using A320s. May 3, 2006

United Airlines last month began implementing its Star Fix program through which flight attendants may use the aircraft phone to dial directly into maintenance for help resolving customers' issues with cabin equipment, VP-Customer Experience Sean Donahue said in a taped message to employees. "In many cases, [customer's] experience is defined by how well their seats work, if they can use the power jack or if they're able to read on an overnight flight," Donahue said. "With Star Fix, the flight attendants and maintenance technician can work together to identify many cabin issues that will enable a quicker repair or fix." May 2, 2006

Oil prices threaten to add $1 billion or more to fuel costs for United. United Airlines hopes fare hikes will soften the blow to its bottom line coming from increases in oil prices that threaten to add $1 billion or more in fuel costs for the airline this year; a figure that could hurt the carrier's hope of posting its first annual operating profit since 2000. Oil prices have reached $75 a barrel, and the cost of jet fuel touched $2.20 a gallon and is expected to average at least $2 this year, Air Transport Association chief economist John Heimlich says. May 1, 2006
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Date:May 8, 2006
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