United Airlines to Expand Ted Service

Just a year after launching
Ted out of Denver International Airport, United Airlines announced today
that the Ted fleet of aircraft will grow by 20%—from 47 to 56 aircraft. “Ted has met or exceeded all of our expectations as customers respond to
low fares, a high quality experience, and all the benefits of the Mileage
Plus program and Economy Plus seating,” said Sean Donohue, vice president
of Ted and United Express. “Financially, Ted delivered strong
year-over-year margin improvement driven by an increase in both United
elite customers as well as new customers to the airline.”

Ted plans to expand its fleet of Airbus 320 aircraft by converting nine
mainline aircraft to the Ted configuration. The new Ted aircraft will
provide additional service out of Ted’s hubs in Denver, Washington Dulles
and Chicago to markets in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. United will
announce specific routes at a later date.

In its first year, Ted carried more than seven million passengers,
achieving a load factor greater than 80% for 2004. Daily flights have
increased as well, from 20 flights per day in February 2004 to 214 daily
flights today. Ted carries more than 27,000 customers each day to
destinations across United’s route network.
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