WBEZ | Continental Airlines http://www.wbez.org/tags/continental-airlines Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en United CEO: Peotone airport would damage Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/united-ceo-peotone-airport-would-damage-chicago-98404 <p><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; ">United Continental Holdings Inc. CEO Jeff Smisek said Thursday a third airport in Chicago would bring the city more harm than good. </span></div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">His remarks came just a few days before US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. plans to hold an event at the potental site of an airport in Peotone, to show local support of the project.</span></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; ">Smisek said he didn't see and airport being built in Peotone because with an airport like O'Hare, there's no demand for a third.</span></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; ">"</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">When you start diluting a hub, you damage the city. And whatever purported benefits a new airport would bring would be vastly overshadowed by the damage to the hub itself," he said.</span></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">Jackson's been working on a Peotone airport for years, as he believes it will give the South Side some much needed access to jobs and economic growth. He's planning on bringing a group of people to the site this weekend for what he calls a "people's groundbreaking." </span></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">The airport has been a recent point of contention between Jackson and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">Though the mayor endorsed Jackson in the recent primary elections, he doesn't support the airport plan. Instead, the mayor has proposed expanding O'Hare International airport, saying it would be like adding a third airport without actually building a new one.</span></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">Smisek was quiet on the subject of O'Hare's expansion at first, saying he looked forward to the talks with the mayor. When pressed, he explained that investment would only come if there was also demand.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">"We're committed to Chicago, we're Chicago's hometown airline," he said. "We hope that the demand will be such that we can grow Chicago, and we certainly have the ability to grow Chicago if the demand is there."</span></div></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:39:05 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/united-ceo-peotone-airport-would-damage-chicago-98404 Continental's OnePass plan to be phased out http://www.wbez.org/story/continentals-onepass-plan-be-phased-out-88507 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-29/95922167.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Continental Airlines' OnePass loyalty program will be phased out and moved into United's Mileage Plus plan later this year, United Continental Holdings Inc. said Wednesday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Continental's OnePass loyalty program will end on Dec. 31. United will automatically enroll OnePass members in Mileage Plus and deposit their miles into Mileage Plus accounts.&nbsp;</p><p>OnePass member activity this year will be fully recognized in Mileage Plus next year. OnePass-branded credit cards will continue to earn miles and benefits in the Mileage Plus program.&nbsp;</p><p>In the meantime, United and Continental customers who are currently enrolled in both programs can link their accounts, allowing them to combine miles and earn awards faster this year.&nbsp;</p><p>United Continental said it will offer more details on any changes to the program later this year.</p></p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/continentals-onepass-plan-be-phased-out-88507