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UNITED SELECTS GEC-MARCONI TO PROVIDE INDIVIDUAL INTERACTIVE VIDEO SYSTEMS; CONTRACT VALUED IN EXCESS OF $100 MILLION

 UNITED SELECTS GEC-MARCONI TO PROVIDE INDIVIDUAL INTERACTIVE VIDEO
 SYSTEMS; CONTRACT VALUED IN EXCESS OF $100 MILLION
 CHICAGO, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today it has selected GEC-Marconi to provide individual video systems on all new delivery Boeing 777s and all of its Boeing 747-100, Boeing 747-200, Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 767-300 international aircraft.
 United said the value of the contract awarded to GEC-Marconi is in excess of $100 million. GEC-Marconi is a wholly owned subsidiary of GEC of London, England, and is the world's leading supplier of direct broadcast by satellite television systems. The company is also a major developer and supplier of antenna technology and a leader in fiber optic and token ring technologies.
 "We believe the new systems will deliver the exciting benefits of more diversified entertainment and passenger services that will be appreciated by millions of customers choosing United for their flights across the Atlantic and the Pacific and to Latin America," said James M. Guyette, executive vice president-marketing and planning.
 "Our decision to enter into this agreement with GEC-Marconi was made after careful market research into our customers' current and future needs and a thorough review of current and emerging technology. United intends to offer the flying public an extremely attractive inflight entertainment product."
 David Fletcher, managing director of GEC-Marconi, welcomed the order, saying, "We are extremely pleased to have been selected by United Airlines and have the endorsement of one of the world's largest airlines, whose 'Friendly Skies' commitment to passenger care is so renowned.
 "We believe that GEC-Marconi's experience in sophisticated avionics system integration and software capabilities will result in the delivery and installation of the most advanced inflight entertainment service system in the world," he added.
 United, the launch customer for the Boeing 777, will offer the most dramatic and sophisticated line of inflight entertainment, telecommunication and interactive passenger services in the sky. On the Boeing 777, United will provide all passengers with:
 -- Six multi-format, multi-language video channels with stereo audio. The flight attendant-operated system will deliver a minimum of six concurrent video programs in the course of a flight. Selections will range from feature films to classics and documentaries.
 -- Up to 24 channels of compact disc (CD) quality audio entertainment, doubling the current product offering.
 -- Exciting and easy-to-play electronic games. Choices will range from classic board and sports games to state-of-the-art, arcade-type games.
 -- En route aircraft position displays which show the progress of the flight with a small plane moving over a map.
 -- Air-to-ground and ground-to-air telephone service which will be available when the aircraft is flying over land or over water. Aircraft seats will be equipped with a telephone handset for voice calls, as well as to link passenger personal computers and modems with ground systems.
 -- Fully interactive passenger services, including the capability to order merchandise for delivery on the aircraft or on the ground. On international flights, passengers will be able to view, select and pay for duty-free items by displaying and ordering from an electronic catalog.
 -- Expanded flight information focused on streamlining passenger movement through the airport and to their destination.
 This includes displays of flight-specific information such as arrival gate identification, connecting flight departure times and that flight's baggage pick-up area. To familiarize the passenger with ground facilities, an arrival airport map will be available indicating concourse layouts and locations of important facilities such as airline lounges, concierge and service counters, and ground transportation pick- up locations.
 Since many international passengers are first-time visitors to a new city, the individual video system will welcome them to their destination. Maps and displays will highlight points of interest, sightseeing tips and a calendar of special events, as well as noting local history and customs.
 In first class and Connoisseur Class, the individual viewing screen, which will measure 5.7 inches diagonally, will be stowed within the passenger armrest. It will be extended for viewing and retracted when not in use. In economy class, the display will be mounted in the seatback.
 All controls for the use of the video system, the audio system and the telephone will be integrated into each aircraft seat for maximum convenience.
 United said it isn't waiting for the first Boeing 777 deliveries in 1995 to introduce these services to the passenger. Beginning in 1993, United will introduce some of the services on its current international fleet of three-class Boeing 747-400s, 747-200s, 747-100s and 767-300s. In first class and Connoisseur Class, some of the key services will include individual video with six multi-format channels, up to 24 channels of CD-quality audio, simple electronic games and a telephone in each seat. In Economy Class on these aircraft, United will offer telephones for each seat group.
 United operates more than 2,100 flights daily throughout North America and to and from four other continents: Asia, Australia, Europe and South America.
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 /CONTACTS: United Airlines Corporate Communications: Joe Hopkins, 708-952-5770, Night, 708-952-4088 or Investor Relations: Pamela Hanlon, 708-952-7501/
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