Tuesday 14 October 2008

United Airlines named 'Best North American Airline' in TTG Travel Awards

United Receives 2008 TTG Travel Award's "Best North American Airline"

Commitment to the Asia-Pacific region duly recognized by Industry peers and business partners

Hong Kong, October 14, 2008 – Travel agents, tour operators and travel service providers in the Asia-Pacific region have, for the ninth time in the past nineteen years, voted United Airlines the "Best North American Airline" in Travel Trade Gazette Asia's (TTG Asia) prestigious annual Travel Awards this year.

"We are grateful to TTG Asia and our industry peers for their recognition," said Mark Schwab, Vice President, Pacific, United Airlines.  "The support of travel agents and travel service providers has been a key element behind United's growth and success in the Asia-Pacific region.  We will continue to cherish our partnership with them by working even harder and bringing even better products and services to our customers. The recent introduction of United's new First Class suite and Business Class cabin with 180° flat beds to the Asia-Pacific region is testimony to our commitment to deliver an outstanding premium travel experience to the region's customers."

In its nineteenth year of running, the TTG Travel Awards is one of Asia-Pacific's best established and most prestigious accolades for top industry players. To select this year's Travel Awards recipients, TTG distributed a survey to readers of all of its group publications including TTG Asia, TTG Mice, TTG China and TTG BT Mice China.   A total of 43,000 votes from across the Asia-Pacific region were cast this year.

United is the only U.S. carrier to offer three cabins of service on all of its international overseas flights.  In addition to first and business services, United offers economy class with its Economy Plus® seating, which provides up to 13 extra centimeters of legroom.  For more information about the new United First and Business cabins, visit

In September 2008, United was also voted the "Best North American Airline" in Business Traveller Asia-Pacific's 2008 Travel Awards by readers of the publication.

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 State. 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.

About United in the Asia Pacific region

United operates around 400 services a week to/from/within the Asia Pacific region and the U.S. United flies from 13 Asia Pacific cities including Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Melbourne, Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei and Tokyo.  United won the "Best Economy/Coach Class" in 2006 OAG Airline of the Year Awards and was named "Best Transpacific Airline" in the 2005 OAG Awards. The airline has been voted the "Best North American Airline" nine times including 2007 and 2008 in TTG Asia's travel polls and "Best American Airline Serving China" in Business Traveler China's 2005 - 2007 travel polls. For eight consecutive years, United has been voted "Best North American Airline" by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific 2001 - 2008.

About United in Hong Kong

United operates nonstop flights from Hong Kong to four destinations - Chicago, San Francisco, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City.

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