United Airlines Expands International Service Through Code-share Agreement With South African Airways

Service Agreement Expands the Reach of United’s Network in Africa and Europe

CHICAGO, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — United Airlines today announced it has reached a code-share agreement with South African Airways, expanding international destination options for customers of both carriers.

Under the agreement, passengers on South African Airways’ flights between Johannesburg and Washington Dulles can connect on to United flights to San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Los Angeles and Las Vegas beginning Nov. 1, 2005.

Also, once the necessary regulatory approvals have been granted, United’s code will appear on South African Airways’ Washington Dulles-Johannesburg service, and its service within Africa and between South Africa and Europe.

“We are pleased to partner with Africa’s largest and best-known commercial air carrier to expand international options for our customers,” says Graham Atkinson, United’s senior vice president-Worldwide Sales & Alliances. “The code-share agreement with South African Airways further supports our strategy of international growth, and will enable us to provide premium service to our customers to an even greater reach of destinations.”

“At South African Airways, we are looking forward to the new opportunities that our partnership with United Airlines will offer to our passengers and those of United,” says Dr. Khaya Ngqula, chief executive officer of South African Airways. “North America is one of our key markets and offers a huge potential for growth. We will continue to explore and develop opportunities in this market as part of our global focus to bring the world to Africa, and take Africa to the world.

The agreement was formalized today in a signing ceremony between United’s Chief Executive Officer Glenn F. Tilton and South African Airways’ Chief Executive Officer Dr. Khaya Ngqula in New York.

South African Airways has been granted membership into the Star Alliance and will become a fully integrated Star Alliance member carrier in early 2006. South African Airways is the largest Africa-based commercial carrier with 94 aircraft in its fleet and lie-flat seating in all of its premium cabins.

United Mileage Plus(R) members also enjoy the benefits of the Star Alliance by earning Elite Qualifying Miles when traveling on South African Airways (once fully integrated) and other Star Alliance partners and redeeming their miles for award travel to nearly 800 destinations worldwide.

About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA) is South Africa’s premier airline and the continent’s most awarded carrier. Headquartered in Johannesburg, SAA has a venerated history spanning 71 years and today carries more than seven million passengers a year on a route network that serves 34 cities in 26 countries. More than 12,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to delivering the customer centric service and warm hospitality for which the airline is known. South African Airways is the only carrier to provide direct service from North America to South Africa, with daily departures from New York (JFK) and Atlanta and four flights weekly from Washington Dulles that offer convenient connections to the airline’s unsurpassed Africa network. For more information on South African Airways visit http://www.flysaa.com/ .

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 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 http://united.com/ .

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