United CEO Munoz will not chair board in 2018 following passenger removal

Posted April 23, 2017

In his first interview on Thursday since announcing the move, Tim Clark, Emirates' president, told The Associated Press the airline has no intention of pulling out of the 12 U.S. cities to which it now flies.

Senators on the Commerce, Science and Transportation had given United until April 20 to respond to questions. The filing did not say Mr Munoz would not take up the role, but rather that "future determinations related to the chairman position" would be left to the "discretion of the board".

Chicago aviation police dragged United passenger David Dao off a plane after he refused to give up his seat on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky, for a United crew member.

After missing the deadline, United told the committee it would provide answers by April 27, and the city of Chicago said it would do so by April 26.

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United Airlines said chief executive officer Oscar Munoz, who came under withering criticism for the airline's handling of a passenger-dragging incident, will not automatically add the title of chairman next year as planned. Social media users across the United States, Vietnam and China called for a boycott of the carrier.

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Emirates and its smaller Gulf rivals have faced stiff resistance from big USA airlines and their labor unions, who accuse the Mideast carriers of being unfairly subsidized by their governments.

Also in the proxy, United outlined changes to its 2017 executive compensation program, tying it more closely to customer satisfaction. Contrary to actual video footage, Munoz categorized Dr. Dao as "disruptive" and "belligerent".

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Munoz's early statements on the incident were widely criticized.

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Munoz said earlier this week that Dao's treatment was a "humbling learning experience" for United and accepted full responsibility.

Dao's lawyers have said he plans to file a lawsuit. Munoz declined to address that or other possible changes until the airline finishes a review by April 30.

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