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Higher fares and traffic boost United Airlines 4Q profit, with help from cheaper fuel, too

The parent of United Airlines said Thursday that it earned $140 million in the fourth quarter, as more passengers flew and paid more for their tickets. The airline's fuel bill also shrank. Its shares fell, though, after a disappointing prediction for revenue growth in the current quarter. Net income at United Continental Holdings Inc. amounted to 37 cents per share. A year earlier it lost $620 million, or $1.87 per share. Not counting special charges, United would have earned 78 cents per share — well above the 66 cents expected by analysts surveyed by FactSet.

United Airlines says kids 5-11 travelling alone need to stick to nonstop flights

CHICAGO - Hey, kids! United Airlines says children flying alone need to go nonstop or stay home. United says it's no longer allowing children ages 5 to 11 to fly without an adult on flights that include connections. It also says its optional service for unaccompanied minors ages 12-17 will only be offered on nonstop flights. It made the changes quietly two weeks ago. United charges $150 extra, each way, for children flying alone.

United Airlines to buy 30 Embraer jetliners

United Airlines Monday announced an order for 30 Embraer 175 jetliners as it updates its fleet of regional aircraft. The US airline did not disclose the price of the purchase. The planes, built by Brazil's leading aircraft maker, will be added to the fleet of United Express. Flights are operated by partner carriers under the United Express brand. The Embraer 175 jet will be the first 76-seat regional jet aircraft in the United Express fleet and consume 10 percent less fuel per seat than the current fleet of 50-seat aircraft, United said in a statement.

CORRECTED: United Airlines extends 787 grounding to May

United Airlines said Thursday it expected to keep its six Boeing 787s out of service until May 12, as the cutting-edge airplane remained grounded worldwide due to battery problems. United, the only US airline with the 787 Dreamliner, just two days ago announced it would keep them on the ground through March 30. ved-vs/pmh

URGENT ¥¥¥ United Airlines extends 787 grounding to May

United Airlines said Thursday it expected to keep its seven Boeing 787s out of service until May 12, as the cutting-edge airplane remained grounded worldwide due to battery problems. United, the only US airline with the 787 Dreamliner, just two days ago announced it would keep them on the ground through March 30. ved-vs/pmh
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