Over the last few years, under the leadership of Scott Kirby, the company has moved into a much more positive position. United is still facing significant challenges due to a route network that has more competitive pressures than its main competitors. But four key changes under Kirby’s leadership have righted a ship that previously was floundering at sea.
Southwest Achieving The Unthinkable With Seemingly Irrelevant Strategy
Southwest has seen tremendous growth over 2021, with expansion into 18 new markets and turning a profit for Q4. Despite the hard-hitting impact of the pandemic on the travel industry, staff shortages, events going virtual, and the rise of staycations, the airline carried on and did what no one thought an airline could: It grew.
New Southwest Airlines CEO Robert Jordan said that he sees 2022 as another “transition” year in the recovery. He is optimistic that business travelers will return — his predecessor has said this may take 5-10 years — but does not expect this to occur overnight.
5,000+ Flights Canceled On Christmas Weekend | How Will This Positively Impact Hiring?
More than 1,200 US flights were canceled and more than 5,000 were delayed Sunday, according to FlightAware. Globally, there were over 2,000 cancellations. Delta and JetBlue each saw over 100 cancellations Sunday.
American Hiring 18,000 Next Year For Travel Rebound
American Airlines is planning to hire 18,000 workers in 2022, on top of thousands of new employees this year to cater to a rebound in travel, CEO Doug Parker plans to tell lawmakers during a hearing about flight disruptions in recent months.
American Pilots Say Late-Night Training Violates Contract
The union for American Airlines Group Inc. pilots said the carrier will violate its contract by scheduling “graveyard shift” flight simulator training sessions as it works to ready 440 pilots being added this year.
While the media was largely critical and sometimes dismissive of Spirit, investors benefitted from a business model that produced strong financial returns and set trends that other in the industry followed, to some extent at least.