Thursday, April 25, 2013

If you notice Smiling Jeff looking just a little bit more toothy today......

...well, this is turning out to be a good week for him.

FAA Order formally lifts Boeing 787 grounding. AP via TIME.com

Federal regulators are telling airlines they can fly Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners again as soon as they replace its problematic lithium ion batteries with a revamped battery system.
A Federal Aviation Administration safety order posted online Thursday applies to all U.S. airlines, but only one airline — United — currently has 787s in their fleet. They have six. The FAA estimated the repair costs for those planes at $2.8 million.

Fortunately for Smiling Jeff, he's got a way to recoup that $2.8 Million expense:

United Airlines ups domestic change fee to $200. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA Today

The nation's biggest airline upped its charge for making changes to domestic itineraries to $200, a $50 increase. The change — which also covers itineraries between the USA and Canada — took effect April 18.
United also boosted its change fee to $300 for changes to certain destinations in South America, up from the previous $250. The change fee for other international itineraries, including to Asia and Europe, remains at $250.

 
If you're a United executive and have been thinking about asking Jeff for that raise, now would probably be a good time.

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