The airline, along with American Air, has delayed the rollout of its cheaper economy seats. American and United aren’t yet ready to Compete With Spirit Air on Price: By now, all three major U.S. airlines were supposed to be selling new discount fares that allowed them to more forcefully compete with domestic airlines known for bare-bones service Frontier Airlines, Allegiant Air, and Spirit Airlines. United Turns Its Focus From International to Domestic Growth: In the past three years, United Airlines has added flights to far-flung destinations, including Chengdu, Xian, and Tel Aviv, Singapore, and Auckland.
- The road to implementing Basic Economy fares in the United States got a little bit longer this week with news that American and United are behind on their scheduled rollout.
- Originally, the airlines planned to have basic economy fares — which strip away passenger perks to better compete with low cost carriers — integrated by the end of this year.
- According to Skift’s Brian Sumers, much of the delay centers around the logistical and programmatic challenges with integrating complicated fare structures,
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