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ATLANTIC COAST AIRLINES TRAFFIC INCREASES 46.0 PERCENT IN JANUARY

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlantic Coast Airlines, which operates as United Express, today released passenger traffic statistics for the month of January which show the carrier's significant gains over the same period last year. For the month of January, Atlantic Coast Airlines revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased 46.0 percent, while capacity, available seat miles (ASMs), rose 14.6 percent, resulting in an 8.8 percentage point rise in the airline's load factor.
 Commenting on the January results, Kerry Skeen, president of Atlantic Coast Airlines, said: "We are pleased with the substantial improvement in passenger traffic as compared to last January. Looking ahead, we are encouraged by the advance bookings for our February 10 schedule change, when Atlantic Coast Airlines will significantly increase service to larger East Coast markets." Atlantic Coast Airlines will offer an expanded schedule of United Express flights from its Washington Dulles International Airport hub to Newark, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Rochester, Providence and Manchester, beginning on Feb. 10.
 Total ASMs for Atlantic Coast Airlines reached 40,228,000, up 14.6 percent from the 35,097,000 operated in January of last year. RPMs rose to 16,538,000, 46.0 percent more than last January's 11,325,000. The United Express carrier's load factor, the percentage of available seats filled, increased 8.8 percentage points, from 32.3 percent to 41.1 percent. Atlantic Coast Airlines carried 59,625 passengers during the month, 39.7 percent more than the 42,673 passengers carried in January 1992.
 In recent weeks Atlantic Coast Airlines has made several other significant announcements. On Feb. 10, Atlantic coast Airlines will continue the development of Newark by introducing service to Syracuse and Manchester, operating four daily round trip flights to each city. United Express will then offer 24 daily departures from Newark to six cities. On April 1, Atlantic Coast Airlines will begin an intra- Florida United Express operation centered around the large United Airlines presence in Miami and Orlando. Also on April 1, the tentative agreement between Atlantic Coast Airlines and UAL Corp., parent company of United Airlines, for the purchase of certain assets of Air Wisconsin's Dash-8 operation at Washington Dulles International Airport is expected to be finalized.
 Employee-owned Atlantic Coast Airlines is based in Sterling, Va. It has operated as United Express since December 1989 when it began with six aircraft flying to six cities. As of April 1, 1993, with the start of the Florida operation and the expected addition of Dash- 8 flights, Atlantic Coast Airlines will serve 54 cities in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The airline will operate with a hub at Washington Dulles International Airport and significant operations in Newark, Orlando and Miami. Its fleet will consist of 53 aircraft -- 28 British Aerospace Jetstream Super 31s, 13 Embraer Brasilia 120s, five deHavilland Dash-8 100 series and seven deHavilland Dash-8 300 series. Systemwide, Atlantic Coast Airlines will operate a total of 438 daily departures. At the Washington Dulles hub, United Express currently operates over 100 daily departures, the most of any airline. For each flight on United Express, passengers receive 500 miles credit in United Airlines' popular Mileage Plus frequent flyer program.
 January 1993 vs. January 1992
 January '93 January '92 Change
 Revenue Passenger Miles (000) 16,538 11,325 46.0 pct.
 Available Seat Miles (000) 40,228 35,097 14.6 pct.
 Load Factor 41.1 pct. 32.3 pct. 8.8 pts.
 Passengers 59,625 42,673 39.7 pct.
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 /CONTACT: Barron Beneski, public relations, Atlantic Coast Airlines, 703-406-6500/


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