United Airlines staff and executives are almost finished moving to the carrier's new global headquarters in Chicago's Willis Tower. When the move is complete, the Willis Tower will be home to 4,000 United employees. The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is located in the central Loop business district.
U.S. airlines should report healthy profits for the first quarter, analysts say. The first quarter of the year is usually a slow quarter for the airline industry due to the lack of major holidays. Delta Air Lines, US Airways and Southwest Airlines are all expected to post profits for the quarter.
Columnist Ted Reed says the U.S. government is the next threat to the nation's airline industry. "We all realize that the federal government spends more than it takes in and that the solution is to reduce spending and to raise revenue," he writes. "But is there a way to reduce spending that does not cause delays in a delicately balanced air traffic system that transported 815 million passengers last year?"
United Airlines raised the majority of its change fees for domestic and international flights by $50 last week. "We carefully manage our seat inventory and incur costs when a traveler elects not to fly in a reserved seat. We adjusted this fee to better compensate us for those costs," United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said.
The McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas could see a lift in international flying after the merger between American Airlines and US Airways, experts say. "We already have British Airways doing extremely well with its service to Heathrow and now Gatwick (in London)," said Damon Hylton, an air service consultant to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "A stronger (alliance) can only help efforts with international carriers."