CHICAGO, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Customers can now purchase tickets and earn miles to more destinations in Europe and Africa when booking travel on codeshare flights between United and its Star Alliance partner, TAP Portugal, for travel beginning Sept. 12, 2005.
“Our new agreement with TAP Portugal will offer our customers convenient access to more destinations in Europe and Africa,” said Michael Whitaker, United’s vice president-Alliances, International and Regulatory Affairs. “We continue to look for new opportunities for United and Star Alliance that present a high level of service to our customers while offering them an extended global network for seamless travel throughout the world.”
United and TAP Portugal will place each other’s code on their transatlantic flights offering customers a variety of travel options between the United States and Portugal through Newark, London-Heathrow, Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels and Zurich. As a result of the codeshare agreement, United will offer access to new cities in Portugal, including Lisbon, Faro, Porto and Madeira; and in Africa: Sal, Cape Verde; Dakar, Senegal; and Maputo, Mozambique.
United Mileage Plus(R) members also enjoy the benefits of the Star Alliance by earning Elite Qualifying Miles when traveling on TAP Portugal and other Star Alliance partners and redeeming their miles for award travel to nearly 800 destinations worldwide.
About TAP Portugal
TAP Portugal is the leading Portuguese airline, in operation for 60 years. On March 14, 2005, it became a member of Star Alliance. Its Lisbon hub is a key European gateway at the crossroads of the African, North and South American continents, where TAP stands out as the leading European carrier operating to Brazil.
TAP’s current network comprises 43 destinations in 25 countries world-wide, with an even greater range of destinations served by codeshare operations with a number of partner airlines. Thus, TAP offers customers an extended and highly flexible choice while providing them with the most convenient scheduled flights and easy connectivity onto further distant cities. The company operates 160-180 daily flights in average on a modern fleet of 41 Airbus aircraft. A new Corporate Image of TAP Portugal was launched on February 1, 2005, in time for the company’s 60th anniversary and its integration into Star Alliance. For more information on TAP Portugal please consult its Web site at: http://www.flytap.com/ .
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 one of the largest international carriers 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 58,500 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.
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