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Old 07-28-2006, 11:07 AM   #1  
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Press Release Source: United Airlines


United Airlines Boosts Asia Pacific Service - Adding 40 More Flights a Week to Its Year-Round Schedule
Friday July 28, 9:30 am ET
United optimizes its network and places assets where they will provide the greatest benefits to United and its customers


CHICAGO, July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA - News) today announced that it is strengthening its service to the Asia Pacific region by adding 40 more weekly, year-round flights and additional cargo capacity to its schedule during the next nine months. This move solidifies United's position as the world's largest transpacific passenger carrier, placing United's assets where they will provide the greatest return for United and its customers while leveraging the company's strengths -- its customer base, hub airports and Asia Pacific network.
United's international network optimization plan will result in the following changes to its schedule:


-- launch of United's first-ever service between Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and
its Washington Dulles hub;
-- reinstatement of United's daily, nonstop San Francisco-Taipei service;
-- expansion of United's San Francisco-Seoul service from seasonal to year
round; and addition of three more weekly flights between San Francisco
and Hong Kong.

"By focusing on the strength of our hub network, United and our customers will benefit from our increased Asia Pacific service, including our first-ever Asia Pacific service from Washington Dulles," says John Tague, executive vice president and chief revenue officer. "As we improve our financial performance, we must make certain that we take full advantage of our network strength and fly routes that provide the best revenue opportunities for United and the greatest benefits to our customers."

United's new service between Washington Dulles and Tokyo Narita replaces its Tokyo service from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). From Washington Dulles, flyers can connect to 49 destinations via 137 flights on United and United Express. The new service, which will be on a Boeing 777, begins on Oct. 28, 2006, and includes the following schedule:


Departs Arrives
UA 803 IAD-NRT 12:20 p.m. 4:25 p.m. (next day) Daily
UA 804 NRT-IAD 4:55 p.m. 3:25 p.m. (same day) Daily

United's reinstatement of its service between San Francisco and Taipei,
which will be on a Boeing 747, begins on April 1, 2007, and includes the
following schedule:

Departs Arrives
UA 871 SFO-TPE 1:01 p.m. 5:20 p.m. (next day) Daily
UA 872 TPE-SFO 12:20 p.m. 8:24 a.m. (same day) Daily

The expansion of United's San Francisco-Seoul service from seasonal to year-round begins in October and United's increase of three additional weekly flights between San Francisco and Hong Kong begins on April 1, 2007.

New services will be available for sale next week and the year-round San Francisco-Seoul service is now available for sale.

Related to this schedule change, United will sell its New York-London route authority to Delta Air Lines subject to U.S. Department of Transportation approval and certain other closing conditions. Delta will use this route authority to fly between JFK and London's Gatwick Airport. This route authority sale will result in United discontinuing its JFK-London Heathrow service at the end of October.

United customers in New York will continue to have excellent access to United's strong international network. United provides 62 daily flights from the three New York City-area airports to United's international gateways in Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In addition, United customers will continue to have access to more than 125 international connections from JFK through the Star Alliance network, including daily non-stop, codeshare flights to Narita on ANA.

About United

United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA - News) is the world's second largest airline operating more than 3,700 flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 210 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United is also a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 842 destinations in 152 countries worldwide. United's 57,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's Web site at
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I can't believe UAL is giving up JFK-LHR, even if it doesn't originate/terminate from a UAL hub. That route is incredibly profitable and very well patronized. And, DAL can't even go into LHR, but Gatwick.

I agree the Pac Rim stuff is great; that'll help their bottom line.
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I can't believe UAL is giving up JFK-LHR, even if it doesn't originate/terminate from a UAL hub. That route is incredibly profitable and very well patronized. And, DAL can't even go into LHR, but Gatwick.

I agree the Pac Rim stuff is great; that'll help their bottom line.
UAL would never give up JFK-LHR, (Heathrow), they are getting rid of JFK-LGW, (Gatwick).
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UAL would never give up JFK-LHR, (Heathrow), they are getting rid of JFK-LGW, (Gatwick).
UAL is in fact giving up JFK-LHR, UAL does not fly to LGW. They sold their NYC-LON route authority to DL. DL will now operate JFK-LGW as they do not have rights to serve LHR, as per the Bermuda II treaty between the US and UK. There is a rather exstensive discussion going on about this very topic here: http://www.airliners.net/discussions....main/2905784/
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I can't believe UAL is giving up JFK-LHR, even if it doesn't originate/terminate from a UAL hub. That route is incredibly profitable and very well patronized. And, DAL can't even go into LHR, but Gatwick.

I agree the Pac Rim stuff is great; that'll help their bottom line.
Yep airline decisions are hard to understand. A few years ago NWA gave up ORD-NRT and JFK-NRT. 3 of the largest cities in the world!! Can't make $$ I guess.....
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UAL is in fact giving up JFK-LHR, UAL does not fly to LGW. They sold their NYC-LON route authority to DL. DL will now operate JFK-LGW as they do not have rights to serve LHR, as per the Bermuda II treaty between the US and UK. There is a rather exstensive discussion going on about this very topic here: http://www.airliners.net/discussions....main/2905784/
Wow, that's a shame DAL can't fly into LHR as that is the airport of choice. When I read the article I only saw the DAL JFK-LGW part, didn't realize that UAL was dumping the LHR run.

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That's good news H!

More Pacific Rim flights = more business + more pilots needed to fly them!

Happy to hear though that UA didn't take away my SFO-LHR flight! That's a well-used flight in my book!
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They won't; that is a hub. And has a great deal of feed.
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