|Subject: Re: United Airlines|
Hi Barb and Ziners,
I'm glad you brought that up. I was just going to post an update on that very topic. Earlier this year I had posted an update saying that United (UA) would probably be completely liquidated and gone by the end of this year (if not sooner).
Thanks to the willingness of UA employees to survive (and therefore take a pay cut), the demise of UA is no longer as imminent. I recently attended a high level meeting and it was disclosed that while the liquidation of UA in the next 2-5 years is a definite possibility, it's probably not going to happen in the next year or two.
Right now, the name of the game is which airline's employees are willing to go the lowest in what they're paid. The airline (or two) whose employees are the least willing to take pay cuts will probably be the next to go.
It would be nice for everyone if all airline employees were willing to go low enough in their pay for all airlines to survive. Not only would everyone still have jobs, but airline tickets prices would reach all time lows. Probably not going to happen though.
Who knows where this current cycle will take us? We should find out within 2-3 years. Just in time for the NEXT cycle to take place! 8^)
Gregory in Houston Reservations Supervisor for Continental Airlines