Sunday 17 August 2008

Go Flat Over the Pacific on United Airlines

United Airlines Brings Premium Travel Experience, Lie-Flat Business Class seats to Asia

Travel to Asia is getting more enjoyable and relaxing with United's international, lie-flat first and business class seats, taking off today for the first flight to the region with a newly configured Boeing 747. The aircraft will also feature iPod connectivity, enabling customers in the front cabins to enjoy their own videos on a 15.4-inch personal television screen.

United flight #869 from San Francisco is scheduled to depart today at 1:12 p.m. PDT for a 13 hour and 48 minute flight to Hong Kong, arriving at 6 p.m. local time Friday. The aircraft will continue on as United flight #895 with a scheduled departure at 8 p.m. on August 15 and arrival in Singapore at 11:35 p.m. The plane will primarily fly between San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

"Trans-Pacific travel just got even better for United customers, who will now have more ways to relax on long flights," says Graham Atkinson, United Airlines – executive vice president and Chief Customer Officer. "Today's flight marks another milestone in United's continuing commitment to invest in products and services that provide our customers with a more enjoyable travel experience."

Customers in United First and United Business on the newly reconfigured aircraft may enjoy more than 150 hours of movies and television shows on-demand; relax with fully lie-flat seats; and dine on appetizers and entrees designed by world-renowned chef Charlie Trotter on outbound U.S. flights. United's entire fleet of international, widebody aircraft are being reconfigured over the next two years and will include iPod connectivity in first and business class.

United was the first major U.S. carrier to introduce lie-flat business class seats in November 2007. More information about these seats – and the International Premium Travel Experience – is available at

About United

United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAUA) operates more than 3,200* flights a day on United and United Express 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 also is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 965 destinations in 162 countries worldwide. United's 55,000 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

*Based on United's flight schedule between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2008.

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