Things UA/CO almost did, but in the end, it never did...

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  1. Weatherboy

    Weatherboy Gold Member

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    I was thinking of things CO/UA were close to implementing...but yanked in the 11th hour for whatever reason. Can anyone add to this list:

    -Instant Hyatt Diamond status was going to be a perk of the CO Presidential Platinum Card. They even announced such at a breakout session at a CO Do. Unfortunately, the perk didn't materialize.

    - CPUs on Delta. Both sides worked out the technology to process elites for CO/DL on each other's metal. Which would have meant CO/DL/NW would be able to enjoy reciprocal elite upgrades across each other's equipment, with the airline's elites cleared before the other airline's elites cleared at each level. But once DL/NW got merger happy, that was all scrapped.

    - Supersonic service. Continental had ordered a supersonic jet ...and has a beautiful large model of it in their IAH training/simulator facility. Unfortunately, the order was never filled and the airline never had supersonic service.
     
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    One of these things is much older than the others. :D

    I'll also add:
    • For CO, prior to the merger, the ability to use the Travel Bank account for virtually everything – things like credit from unused non-refundable tickets, VDB vouchers, and the like, would all go into that account, and then it could be used as a single bank for ticket purchases, but also for anything else sold through the website. It was never officially announced, but definitely discussed by various people within the company at more than one of the big events they held in Houston, as well as at a few of the smaller ones.
    • Expanding the mid-cabin lavatory configuration to the entire 738 fleet, which not only gave the plane an additional lavatory, but also an additional row of F. This was announced, and as we all know, some planes were delivered new in that configuration in the second half of 2001, but the plan was quickly scrapped in the wake of September 11 and the economic conditions that followed.
     
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  3. Wandering Aramean
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  4. meFIRST

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    EWR-CAI
    EWR-DME ( circa 2005 )
     
  5. HeathrowGuy
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    Multiparty alliances by CO with TWA/NWA (with CO and NW aiding TWA's exit from BK as a standalone) and with NWA/AWA at the dawn of the 21st century.
     
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  6. Weatherboy

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    Ahh yes...I was going to mention that too :)
     
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  7. Flyer1976
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    I was looking forward to CAI.
     
  8. Weatherboy

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    I was looking forward to DME.
     
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    Me too. I remember all the foreign language speakers (FAs) we hired for that route.
     
  10. NYBanker
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    Merge with US.
     
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  11. rggale
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    Upgrade me, but instead left me to "die" at #1.


    :D
     
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  12. meFIRST

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    It may still come back. PMUA had IAD-DME
     
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    Many of us did take advantage of the PMUA promo to inaugurate their daily nonstop IAD-DME service in 2009. It might have been by invitation-only but I did get an email with the offer to do LGA-IAD-DME for just $360 RT everything included and on top of that UA was running a DEQM promo. I picked dates at end April-early May 2009 to coincide with the Russian celebration of WW-II Victory Europe Day. Truly heady stuff.;)
     
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    Remove economy plus from pmUA aircraft. When UA and CO merged, E+ was supposedly on the chop block since the management didn't want to lose ticket sales by removing seats but changed their mind when they saw the additional revenue that can be made by selling E+ as well as encouraging loyalty from frequent fliers.
     
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    Removing E+ was never announced.
     
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    I believe that was nothing more than an unsubstantiated FT rumor.
     
  17. meFIRST

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    Back when it did exist, I was on this route every 3 months on average. Towards the end it was 4 days a week, 3 days in the winter.

    And I paid a lot more than $360. The lowest business class fare was usually $2700 ~ . The time savings was significant. These days its a LONG connection in Geneva / Zurich and awful early departure. OR FLYING SKTEAM
     
  18. Weatherboy

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    It definitely was discussed by CO leaders though who said they see no value in E+, have no intentions of adding it to CO, and wanted to remove it from UA should an acquisition occur. I guess when the acquisition occurred and they saw the $$$ it was generating, it stuck. :)
     
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    There was a similar rumor that the boys in Houston wanted to get rid of United p.s

    Until they saw the numbers......
     
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  20. rggale
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    I really think they should do a few P.S. flights daily to connect EWR-SFO/JFK with TATL/TPAC operations.
     
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    That CO executives "discussed" the likely demise of E+ after the merger is urban legend. Much of the "discussing" happened here and at TOBB and not in the CO boardrooms, especially before they had even had the opportunity to fully appreciate the value of E+ (most people in the industry, in fact, were already aware that E+ was a money maker).
     
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    Heck, CO had already dipped their toes in that water before the merger with selling access to ELR seats.
     
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    United once announced to remove food from transatlantic services from London, yet rescinded that decision shortly before the commencement date, probably in part because of the protest of flyers but in most part because no other airline followed their move...

    Greetings - Dirk
     
  24. meFIRST

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    Yes, I remembered that. Specifically BUY ON BOARD in United Business
     
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    PMUA
    Some of your kids may not remember this but, circa 2000 there was a proposal to turn the now (RIP) Terminal 6 at JFK, which at the time was occupied by TWA (RIP) into an international global gateway. This would handle the overflow the flights to EZE, GRU, GIG, LHR, NRT, HKG, LHR and various other places, which at that time left from Terminal 7. There was also a small domestic feed. Flights from to BOS, ORD, and MIA as I recall, as well as 767 transcons, with plastic foot rest from LAX and SFO.

    Then 9/11 happened, United BK happened, MIA hub closed (2003?) and today ( 13 years later) JFK operates departures out to IAD/LAX/SFO with a Global First Lounge and United Club. A memory of what used to be there, at T7.

    PMCO
    There was a proposal ( attempt ) to remove sundae's from the trancons, ex EWR. This disappeared and then the old transcons came back. 2005?


    Around 2001 was the time Gordon started the EWR-HKG flights with the then new 777-200, and expanded PMCO's international offerings. This was also the time when PMUA closed shop in NYC, and I moved my business across the Hudson. The rest.....is history.
    Today both carriers are one. Its funny how it all works out in the end. My lifetime account balance is, eternally grateful :D
     

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