United Airlines, facing rising fuel costs and a weak US economy, yesterday announced a dramatic downsizing that will see its Ted service discontinued and include the retirement over the next 19 months of 100 aircraft with the aim of reducing mainline capacity by a cumulative 17%-18% for 2008-09. Following a steep first-quarter loss, UA previously announced "fundamental" changes including retiring 30 737s (ATWOnline, April 23). Yesterday it added another 64 of the type to its cut list, ...

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