United Airlines Further Expands Asia Service

23rd Feb 2005

With strong customer demand in
international markets continuing, United announced today that it will
offer new service between Nagoya, Japan, and Taipei, Taiwan; increased
service on its existing route between Chicago and Hong Kong; and a larger
aircraft on its Chicago-Beijing summer service. “We are thrilled that our customers continue to encourage United’s
expansion in international markets, particularly throughout Asia,” says
Mark Schwab, vice president-Pacific. “Demand for passenger—both
business and leisure—and cargo service to the region has significantly
increased over the last few months, enabling United to offer customers
more convenient, award-winning travel options and more cargo capacity
between the United States and the Pacific region.”

New service

Beginning April 29, United Flight 831 will depart Nagoya daily at 6:15
p.m. and arrive in Taipei at 8:15 p.m. the same day. Starting April 30,
United Flight 830 will depart Taipei daily at 9:30 a.m. and arrive in
Nagoya at 1:20 p.m. the same day. United will operate this combined
passenger and cargo service using a Boeing 777 aircraft configured with 12
United First(R) seats, 49 United Business(R) seats and 197 United
Economy(R) seats, including 83 Economy Plus(R) seats. Booking on these
flights is available now. 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.*

The new Nagoya-Taipei service—the first by a Star Alliance member
connecting the two cities—provides San Francisco customers greater
options to Asia, as it will offer one-stop, same-plane service between San
Francisco and Taipei, via Nagoya. Mileage Plus members traveling on this
route also may earn double bonus miles on paid qualifying flights between
April 29, 2005, and June 11, 2005.** In addition, the route adds
connectivity in two cargo-strong markets, providing approximately 15 tons
of cargo capacity daily in each direction and giving Taipei cargo
customers an additional option to the U.S. via Nagoya. The new route also
complements United’s existing daily service between Tokyo’s Narita
International Airport and Taipei, which offers customers direct service
between Taipei and Los Angeles, via Narita.

Expanded service


Also as a result of customer demand, United is advancing its scheduled
increase in flights on its existing daily service between Chicago and Hong
Kong to May 6, 2005, from the originally scheduled date of June 7, 2005.
The boost in service will add three more flights each week between the two
cities, for a total of 10 weekly flights, and up to 50 tons weekly of
extra cargo space nonstop to and from Hong Kong. The new flights will
depart Chicago O’Hare beginning May 6 at 3:10 p.m. on Tues., Fri. and
Sun., arriving in Hong Kong at 7:45 p.m. the following day. Chicago-bound
flights will depart Hong Kong on Tues., Fri. and Sun. beginning May 8 at
10:10 a.m., arriving in Chicago at 11:40 a.m. the same day. United will
operate this combined passenger and cargo service using a Boeing 747
aircraft configured with 14 United First Suite seats, 73 United Business
seats and 260 United Economy seats, including 88 Economy Plus seats.

United also offers daily service between San Francisco and Hong Kong, as
well as daily service between Hong Kong and Narita, Singapore, and Ho Chi
Minh City (formerly Saigon).

Aircraft size upgrade

Strong demand on United’s daily service between Chicago and Beijing,
China, has driven an upgrade in aircraft size from a Boeing 777 to a
Boeing 747 for the summer service on this route.

“Our strong alliance partnership with Air China has contributed to the
increased customer demand on this route,” says Mike Whitaker, vice
president- Alliances, International Regulatory Affairs.

From June 6 through Oct. 29, the larger aircraft will handle passengers
and cargo departing Chicago O’Hare daily on United Flight 851 at 12:10
p.m., arriving in Beijing the next day at 2:40 p.m., increasing passenger
capacity from 253 to 347 seats. From June 7 through Oct. 30, United Flight
850 will depart Beijing at 4:35 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 4:15 p.m.
the same day.

As the leading U.S. carrier to China, United also offers daily service
between San Francisco and Beijing, and to Shanghai from both San Francisco
and Chicago.

The added flights, new routes and increase in aircraft size are all part
of United’s ongoing strategy to expand its international service for
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

This year, nonstop service from San Francisco to Nagoya, Japan, is
scheduled to begin on March 26.


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