United Returns to Profitability & Announces Transformational United Next Plan
June 29, 2021
Yesterday, United CEO Scott Kirby sent out a message letting us know that United is profitable for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic; predicting a pre-tax earnings profit in July. While our airline is still far from where we started pre-pandemic with our robust international route structure and lucrative business class passengers, this is a welcome milestone on our road to recovery and we should all take a moment to appreciate the hard work, patience, sacrifice and endurance we, as Flight Attendants, have contributed to this accomplishment.
Additionally, today United introduced the United Next plan, a transformation customer experience plan while announcing the largest aircraft order in our airline’s history and the biggest by any airline in recent history, preparing to buy 200 737 MAX 8 & 10 aircraft and 70 A321neo (Airbus) aircraft. When combined with the current order book, United expects to introduce more than 500 new, narrow-body aircraft: 40 in 2022, 138 in 2023 and as many as 350 in 2024 and beyond.
Of greater consequence, United intends to upgrade 100% of our mainline, narrow-body fleet by 2025, an extraordinary retrofit project. These are excellent updates that give us reason for optimism as we look toward a more positive future for all of us.