United to Expand Nonstop Service to China

14th Jan 2005

United Airlines, the leading
U.S. carrier to China, is expanding its service to Hong Kong to meet
growing customer demand. United in June will launch three more flights
between Chicago and Hong Kong, for a total of 10 nonstop flights per week. “As the only U.S. carrier with nonstop Chicago-Hong Kong service, we have
seen increased customer demand for this service during the past 18
months,” said Mark Schwab, Vice President-Pacific. “United is pleased to
further improve our service by providing additional flights to Hong Kong
for customers and cargo traveling from the U.S. Midwest and East Coast.”

Beginning June 7, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, United Flight 829 will
depart Chicago at 3:10 p.m. and arrive in Hong Kong at 7:45 p.m. the next
day. Starting June 10, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, United Flight 828
will depart Hong Kong at 10:10 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 11:40 a.m.
the same day. Customers who book and fly a paid, qualifying roundtrip
flight through united.com by Dec. 31, 2005, will earn a booking bonus of
1,000 bonus miles.*

“These extra flights will add welcome capacity to the Chicago-Hong Kong
market,” said Schwab. “United remains committed to offering our customers
more convenient, award-winning travel options and more cargo capacity
between the United States and the Pacific.”

The increased flight frequencies will add up to 50 tons of extra cargo
space nonstop to Hong Kong. United will operate this combined passenger
and cargo service using a Boeing 747-400 aircraft configured with 14
United First Suite(R) seats, 73 United Business(R) seats and 260 United
Economy(R) class seats, including 88 Economy Plus(R) seats.

These added flights are part of United’s ongoing strategy to expand its
international service for its customers. In the Asia-Pacific region, the
airline in 2004 added new daily nonstop flights between Chicago and Osaka;
Chicago and Shanghai; and San Francisco and Beijing. In addition, United
launched the first scheduled flight of a U.S. airline to Vietnam in almost
30 years on Dec. 9, 2004. The service runs daily from San Francisco via
Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly called Saigon).


This year, nonstop service from San Francisco to Nagoya, Japan, is
scheduled to begin in March, and United is seeking the governmental
approval to provide daily service between San Francisco and Guangzhou,
China, in spring 2005.


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