United CEO issues message to 100,000 employees

United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL) has announced J. Scott Kirby, Chief Executive Officer, has issued a message to nearly 100,000 employees regarding the airline´s position to recover from COVID-19, the company said.

Kirby´s message said the the company is doing whatever is possible to bounce back once the virus is over and demand begins to recover.

His message states COO Greg Hart has been asked to step back from his role and focus on the critical and medium long-term issues, including setting the stage for United to be the world leader in innovation with respect to safety, hygiene, and operating efficiency. Hart will continue his work developing strategies to allow flexibility in cost structure, including labor costs.

Jon Roitman, Senior Vice President of Airport and Network Operations, will step into the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer effective June 1. In addition to his current responsibilities, Jon will expand his role to include Flight Operations, Technical Operations and Safety.

Kirby said the United schedule is expected to be down 75 percent in July, a slight improvement over May and June.