United cutting 300 management positions at Chicago HQ

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United cutting 300 management positions at Chicago HQ

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United Airlines cutting 300 management positions at Chicago HQ
Mar 8, 2017

United Airlines is in the midst of pruning some 300 management positions at the Chicago-based airline's headquarters in the Willis Tower.

The staff reductions are expected to be completed by late spring of this year. United employs more than 87,000 people worldwide.
United Airlines is trimming several hundred management employees from its Chicago headquarters.
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Ben Nelms | Bloomberg

The reductions are tied to a long-term strategy — outlined by CEO Oscar Munoz last fall — to improve network connectivity and revenue management, while continuing to maintain disciplined cost control. Munoz said at the time that his new strategy is expected to generate $4.8 billion in earnings improvement by 2020. At an investors meeting last fall Munoz said "we are talking about what's next for United," adding "we now have the strategy and organization in place to be the best airline in the world."

A spokeswoman said the cuts were being made after management had examined every department and determined what the airline's optimal employment needs were. The layoffs across multiple departments are not expected to affect front-line operations.

The move to trim management ranks comes as United is preparing for the peak summer travel season by adding new seasonal international routes, including service from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Dublin and Shannon in Ireland; Edinburgh Scotland, and Rome, Italy. United president Scott Kirby has been overseeing efforts to optimize the carrier's network potential. Last fall Kirby said that he is aiming to "ensure we are offering our customers the right flights to the right destinations at the right time."

United also is preparing to roll out its newest aircraft, the widebody Boeing 777-300ER on multiple international routes this year, with Hong Kong the first foreign market to be serviced by the airline's newest model aircraft.

United is a unit of United Continental Holdings

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