United Airlines (BULLETIN BOARD: UALAQ) today announced the launch of
three major new international routes, strengthening what is already the
world`s most comprehensive route system and providing international
travelers with more choices for direct flights to Osaka, Buenos Aires and
New flights include daily nonstop service between Chicago O`Hare
International Airport (ORD) and Osaka, Japan (KIX) and between
Washington/Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Zurich, Switzerland
(ZRH), effective June 10, 2004. By the end of October, United will also
add daily nonstop service from Chicago (ORD) to Buenos Aires (EZE).
“This represents a significant strategic advance for United as we expand
our international leadership and focus our resources on growing and
competing from a position of strength in our hubs,” said John Tague,
United`s Executive Vice President - Customer. “United`s hub structure is
unrivaled, and we will continue to leverage these premier assets to
broaden United`s presence, particularly in international markets. These
changes will also have a significant positive impact on the company`s
Flights between Chicago and Osaka will be served by Boeing 777 aircraft.
Flights between Chicago and Buenos Aires and between Dulles and Zurich
will be served by Boeing 767 aircraft.
United also said that, effective May 1, it would eliminate two non-hub
international flights: daily Boeing 767 service from Miami to Buenos
Aires, and daily Boeing 767 service from Miami to Sao Paulo. United will
continue to serve Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo from its hubs at
Washington/Dulles and Chicago.
United will continue to serve Miami from its domestic hubs. However,
because United will no longer fly to South America from Miami, the company
said it intends to close its Miami domicile for flight attendants. In
addition, the Company will begin contractually mandated discussions with
ALPA to determine the future of the pilot domicile. The 99 pilots and 481
flight attendants currently domiciled in Miami will have the opportunity
to bid for other assignments within the United system; there will be no
additional pilot or flight attendant furloughs as a result of this Miami
schedule reduction. Approximately 150 Miami-based personnel will be
furloughed effective May 1—this includes ground service, kitchen, human
resources and training personnel.
“We deeply regret the impact that this will have on our employees` lives,
but this is a necessary step as we build a more profitable, sustainable
network that serves our customers` needs and concentrates our efforts
where we can compete and win,” said Mr. Tague. “By focusing our
international flying from our hubs, we can leverage the strength of our
global network and our strong presence in key markets.”
United and United Express operate more than 3,400 flights a day on a route
network that spans the globe. News releases and other information about
United may be found at the company`s web site at http://www.united.com/ .