United Airlines

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United Airlines says it plans to return to profitability through a combination of reducing costs, launching a low-cost carrier and using more regional jets.

In the most extensive comments yet on its new strategy in bankruptcy, United told its employees it needs its own discount carrier to become more competitive in the leisure travel market.

It defended the plan to create a separate low-cost airline, which has been assailed by unions and questioned by industry experts.

While disclosing few specifics about either the discount carrier or the overall strategy United says its plan is centered on a strong network of routes and hubs to create an advantage over competitors.

United is the largest airline carrier operating at Denver International Airport.