United Airlines Further Expands Asia Service

United offers new service between Nagoya and Taipei; expands service between Chicago and Hong Kong; and upgrades to larger aircraft on its Chicago-Beijing route

CHICAGO, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — 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 City.

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

About United

United Airlines (BULLETIN BOARD: UALAQ) is the world’s second largest airline, operating more than 3,500 flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is the largest international carrier based in the United States.*** United is also a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to more than 700 destinations in more than 130 countries worldwide. United’s 61,200 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company’s Web site at united.com.

*1,000 mile online booking bonus: 1,000 mile booking bonus offer is effective for bookings made and travel completed through Dec. 31, 2005. E- Fares and award travel are not eligible for the 1,000 mile booking bonus offer. Bonus miles will be awarded to the passenger booking the flight(s). The passenger booking the flight shall be the united.com-registered user logged into the Web site. Mileage Plus(R) membership number must be provided at the time of purchase in order to receive the bonus miles awarded in connection with this offer. Roundtrip travel required. A roundtrip is defined as travel from an origin city to a destination city with return travel beginning in the outbound destination city back to the first origin city with all segments on United(R), Ted(sm), or United Express(R). One-way and open-jaw itineraries do not qualify, nor do United-marketed code-share flights operated by other carriers. Qualifying flights must be posted to the Mileage Plus account to qualify for this bonus. Bonus miles do not count toward Elite status. Miles accrued, awards issued and bonus offers are subject to the rules of the United Mileage Plus program. Please allow 4 to 8 weeks after completing qualifying travel activity for bonus miles to be posted to your Mileage Plus account. The Mileage Plus Program, including accruals, awards and bonus miles offers, is subject to change without notice. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the passenger. United and Mileage Plus are registered service marks. For complete details about the Mileage Plus program, visit united.com.

** SFO-NGO-TPE Bonus Mile Offer Terms and Conditions: Offer valid for qualifying travel between April 29, 2005 and June 11, 2005. In the U.S., tickets purchased through United reservation offices are $5-per-ticket higher and tickets purchased at airport ticket counters are $10-per-ticket higher. Valid only on Flight numbers 830 and 831, between San Francisco and Nagoya, and/or Nagoya and Taipei. Offer not combinable with other offers. Offer may be earned an unlimited number of times. Offer valid on all paid published fares, including private fares L and above. Roundtrip is required. A roundtrip is defined as travel from an origin city to a destination city with return travel beginning in the outbound destination city back to the first origin city with all segments on United. Open jaws and circle trips not allowed. E-ticket purchase required in the U.S. Registration required by June 11, 2005. U.S. customers should register at united.com/nagoyabonus or via 1-800-447-6772 with code 693, and customers in Japan should register at http://www.united.com/nagoyaoffer . For members in Taiwan traveling to Nagoya and/or San Francisco http://www.united.com/offer/mpi065 . Not valid on government fares. Valid only on flights operated by United and not valid on United marketed code share flights operated by other carriers. Must be a Mileage Plus member to participate in the offer. Flights must be credited to the Mileage Plus account in order to qualify. Double miles apply to base flight miles only and do not count toward elite status. Double miles are in addition to any applicable elite and class of service bonus. Offer subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. Miles accrued, awards issued and bonus offers are subject to the rules of the United Mileage Plus program. Double miles will be deposited six to eight weeks upon completion of qualifying travel. Promotion code MPI025 and MPI065.

*** Measured by revenue passenger miles as reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation for 12 months ending September 2004, the most recent comparison data available.

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