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UNITED AIRLINES CHAIRMAN URGES DOT TO TAKE ACTION ON ACCESS TO SMALL AIRCRAFT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

    CHICAGO, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephen M. Wolf has written Secretary of Transportation Pena to seek his assistance in making small aircraft lift devices more widely available.
    Such devices significantly improve access for disabled persons to commuter aircraft.  On Tuesday, Wolf met personally with Richard Douglas, executive director of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, to discuss the issue.
    Partial funding for small aircraft lift devices is available through the Airport Improvement Program, and United already has participated in a successful project to utilize this funding in a joint effort with the Spokane Airport Authority.
    In his letter to Secretary Pena, Wolf stated, "...it appears existing technology significantly improving access for disabled persons to such aircraft can be made more widely available.  Furthermore, I have committed to Mr. Douglas to work with United's commuter carriers, the various airport authorities, and your department to achieve better accessibility to commuter aircraft, especially those with fewer than 30 seats."
    In the interim, while the program to make appropriate lift equipment available at U.S. airports is being developed, Wolf said United would work closely with its commuter carriers to ensure that every reasonable effort is made to accommodate and assist customers with disabilities who travel on small aircraft.
    Wolf also said in his letter to Secretary Pena, "I look forward to working with you on a project that can demonstrate the effectiveness of government, business and the public working together."
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    CONTACT:  John Kiker, 708-952-4162, Joe Hopkins, 708-952-5770, or night, 708-952-4088; or investors, Pamela Hanlon, 708-952-7501, all of United Airlines
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