United Airlines’ Plan to Beat Delta and American Could Lower Airfares for Everybody

Jan 29, 2018 - Fortune

Scott Kirby has a very specific view about how the three U.S. hub-and-spoke airlines work best, having managed two of them. In his current job as president of United Continental Holdings Inc., Kirby's role is to oversee a major overhaul of how the carrier operates, beginning with a broad restructuring of its three domestic-focused hubs in Chicago, Denver and Houston.

By United's math, this trio has profit margins that are 10 percent below the inland domestic hubs operated by American Airli...