While American Airlines and Southwest Airlines buckle under the weight of an operation stretched far too thin and an employee revolt over vaccines, United Airlines is celebrating unity and giving every employee a $1,000 bonus next month.
$1,000 Bonus For All Active Employees At United Airlines
The announcement came from CEO Scott Kirby during a webcast from Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport this morning. Citing the hard work and perseverance over the 18 months, Kirby noted that all active employees would be awarded the United 100 for 2020, United’s highest recognition for employees. Furthermore, all active employees will receive a $1,000 bonus in their paychecks next month, what Kirby noted was a small “thank you” for unparalleled dedication.
The event also marked the unveiling of a brand new aircraft in the United fleet. A new “United Together” livery was unveiled on the 737 MAX 8, which will soon take to the skies and boasts the “United Next” interior, featuring:
- a new signature interior with seat-back entertainment in every seat
- Bluetooth technology for easy connections between wireless headphones and the seat-back entertainment screens
- USB and electrical charge ports at every seat
- larger overhead bins to provide space for more carry-on bags
- industry’s “fastest available” in-flight WiFi
- LED lighting
United plans to update its entire narrowbody fleet with these new interiors by 2025. Kirby said:
“Our United Next vision will revolutionize the experience of flying United as we accelerate our business to meet a resurgence in air travel. By adding and upgrading this many aircraft so quickly with our new signature interiors, we’ll combine friendly, helpful service with the best experience in the sky, all across our premier global network.
Employee Morale Improving At United
I fly a lot on United, including over the last week. I have to say that morale is noticeably improving. Flight attendants are chipper, gate agents are smiling, and I’m actually seeing a renaissance at United Airlines, even as the pandemic drags on.
I’ve flown United “religiously” for 17 years…even in the early Munoz years the trust in management and particularly in C-Suite leadership was not to the level it is today.
As other airlines buckle under their own weight, United is positioning itself to spring back from the pandemic as the leading U.S. carrier…or at least give Delta a run for its money.
Maybe Kirby’s aspirational dreams are not so whimsical after all…
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