United Airlines Named Best Transpacific Airline at OAG Airline of the Year Awards

Oscars of the Airline Industry’ Highlight United’s Extensive Service to Asia-Pacific Region

CHICAGO, May 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — United Airlines (BULLETIN BOARD: UALAQ) was named Best Transpacific Airline by the annual OAG Airline of the Year Awards during an awards ceremony in London. OAG is a content management company specializing in travel and transport, which selected winners of the awards based on the votes of a worldwide audience of business travelers.

“Our historic role as one of the premier U.S. carriers in the Asia-Pacific market and our continuing commitment to the region give us a unique perspective on doing business there, and we are delighted to be recognized by OAG,” says Graham Atkinson, senior vice president-Worldwide Sales and Alliances. “We are proud to serve as a bridge that brings business people face-to-face and to facilitate tourism and the exchange of cultures, ideas and opportunities.”

United faced intense competition to win the Best Transpacific Airline award, ranking higher than other nominees American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Singapore Airlines. The OAG awards, which have been called the “Oscars of the Airline Industry,” celebrate the very best in global air travel and publicly recognize the highest standards within the industry.

United is the largest trans-Pacific carrier, offering more seat miles across the Pacific than any other airline. Late last year, United established the first service to Vietnam by a U.S. carrier in nearly 30 years. United also has a strong presence in Japan, with its Narita hub that serves Tokyo and expanded flying to Osaka and Nagoya. With four daily nonstop flights between the United States and mainland China, the airline also is the largest U.S. carrier in China and is a strong competitor in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea. The company continues to pursue new service to manufacturing and business centers in China. United also serves Bangkok, Melbourne, Seoul, Singapore and Sydney. Beyond its own vast network, United’s service is even more extensive due to locations served by its Asia Pacific-based Star Alliance partners All Nippon Airways, Asiana, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Air New Zealand, as well as its recent bilateral agreement with Air China.

In addition to Best Transpacific Airline, United also was a nominee for Best Airline Based in North America, Best Transatlantic Airline, Best Economy/Coach Class, Best Executive/Business Class and Best International First Class.

About United

United Airlines (BULLETIN BOARD: UALAQ) is the world’s second largest airline and operates more than 3,400 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 nearly 800 destinations in 139 countries worldwide. United’s 60,000 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.

* 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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