United Launches Nonstop Chicago Osaka

10th Jun 2004

United Airlines today launched daily nonstop service between Chicago O’Hare
International Airport (ORD) and Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX),
strengthening its already comprehensive network in Japan and the Asia
Pacific region. The flight is marketed in conjunction with All Nippon
Airways, United’s Star Alliance partner in Japan. It is flown using a
Boeing 777 aircraft fitted with 10 United First Suite(R) seats, 45 United
Business(R) seats, and 198 United Economy(R) seats. “This flight marks a significant step in United’s efforts to build an
unparalleled global route network of which Asia Pacific is an important
component,” said Graham Atkinson, senior vice president - Worldwide Sales
and Alliances, United Airlines. “Direct, convenient flights between
Chicago and Osaka will help advance the growth of trade and tourism
between these two great cities. With this new service, United now has five
daily, nonstop flights from Chicago to Asia, serving four markets.”

To inaugurate the Chicago-Osaka flight, United hosted a sake barrel
ceremony at O’Hare featuring visiting Japanese dignitaries, including
Masashi Igoshi, Deputy Mayor of Osaka; Yutaka Yoshizawa, Consul General of
the Chicago Japanese Consulate and Hajime Miyamoto, Chairman of Kansai
International Airport Company Limited. John Roberson, Commissioner of the
Chicago Department of Aviation also participated in the ceremony, which
traditionally commemorates new beginnings, anniversaries and other special

Flight 877 departed Chicago at 12:00 p.m. The 13 hour and 35 minute flight
is scheduled to arrive in Osaka at 3:35 p.m. The 12 hour and 25 minute
return flight leaves Osaka on June 11 at 5:55 p.m. and is scheduled to
land in Chicago at 4:20 p.m.

Also today, United launched daily nonstop service between San Francisco
and Beijing. Tomorrow, United will add its second daily flight between
Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Honolulu, Hawaii. United offers
more flights between the United States and Asia Pacific than any other
airline. United serves 11 Asia Pacific destinations, including Bangkok,
Beijing, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney,
Taipei, and Tokyo.

And, with the Star Alliance network, United customers have access to even
more destinations in Asia Pacific, representing virtually all points in
the region.



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