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U.S. GOVERNMENT DETERMINES UNITED HAS CLEAR RIGHTS TO FLY BEYOND JAPAN, INITIATES PROCESS TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST JAPANESE RESTRICTIONS

 CHICAGO, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today that it is greatly encouraged by the order issued last night by Secretary of Transportation Federico Pena stating that, after careful deliberation, the Department of Transportation (DOT) had determined that "the actions of the Japanese Government preventing immediate implementation of United's New York-Tokyo-Sydney schedules have denied United rights to which it is entitled...."
 The DOT issued an order approving the complaint United had filed on Nov. 5, 1992, in which the carrier had objected to the unilateral actions the Japanese Government had undertaken to prevent United from initiating the flights which are clearly provided for under the Air Services Agreement between the United States and Japan.
 "We understand that this order was only issued after very careful deliberation, not only at the Department of Transportation but by other agencies in the Administration concerned with international trade and commerce," said Stephen M. Wolf, chairman and chief executive officer.
 "This deliberative process, coupled with the strong support received from the aviation leadership in both houses of Congress, demonstrates that the Clinton Administration is going to stand firm on its commitments to ensuring that the United States' international trading partners live up to their obligations," Wolf said.
 "Aviation is a sector of our economy which is a significant tool for global economic development and one in which U.S. firms are highly successful in competing in international markets. The Administration's firm stance on the Government of Japan's action should bode well for the future of United and the U.S. international air transportation industry in which United is a leading participant.
 "We are very appreciative of these initial steps and hope that the complaint can now be satisfactorily resolved without further action," Wolf said.
 In its order the DOT stated it was contemplating various actions against Japan and sought further comments on possible options for remedial action. Comments are due on Feb. 10 with answers due within three calendar days thereafter.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Hopkins, corporate communications, 708-952-5770, or 708-952-4088 (night); or Pamela Hanlon, (investors) 708-952-7501, both of United Airlines/
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