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UNITED AIRLINES AND AIR CANADA FORGE COMMERCIAL ALLIANCE

 UNITED AIRLINES AND AIR CANADA FORGE COMMERCIAL ALLIANCE
 CHICAGO, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines and Air Canada


announced today the forging of a commercial alliance effective Oct. 25, 1992, which will provide new, enhanced service options and reduced connection time to enable passengers to transfer more easily between both carriers at their respective gateways in Canada, the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific.
 The agreement provides for a number of new marketing enhancements including joint participation in United's Mileage Plus and Air Canada's Aeroplan frequent flyer programs.
 United's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen M. Wolf, said, "Both United and Air Canada have solid domestic and international networks and reputations for service excellence. The close association of our two carriers will improve the product choices and services for the traveling and shipping public.
 "We also see significant new opportunities arising from the expected liberalization of the air services agreement between our two countries later this year," Wolf said.
 "We have worked closely with United Airlines for years in the areas of reservations systems and joint commercial programs in California and are delighted with our new alliance," said Hollis L. Harris, Air Canada's vice chairman, president and chief executive officer. "This agreement will considerably improve our customers' access to key U.S. and global markets by connecting to United's vast international network, with improved value and convenience."
 The main elements of the agreement include the following:
 -- Starting Oct. 25, subject to governmental approval, the carriers will begin code share and one stop check-in between Toronto and selected cities in the U.S. Additional Canadian cities, including Montreal and Calgary, are planned in the months ahead. A number of European, Asian and Latin American cities also are being contemplated for code share and one stop check-in service.
 -- Both carriers will provide additional consumer benefits to members of their respective frequent flyer programs. Effective Oct. 25, members of United's Mileage Plus and Air Canada's Aeroplan will be entitled to accrue and redeem frequent flyer miles or credits on the other carrier's program.
 -- Both carriers plan to evaluate their schedules to maximize, as practical, convenient connections to or from Air Canada and United at London, Paris, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Toronto. The first improved schedule integration will begin on Oct. 25.
 Other elements of the agreement include joint promotions and advertising to the consumer and travel trade, joint cargo programs and tour program offerings through the carriers' in-house tour companies, United Vacations and Air Canada Vacations, respectively.
 The agreement will not include equity participation by either carrier.
 United serves a total of 162 airports in 33 countries on five continentst?h and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
 Air Canada serves a total of 117 airports via its international, national and commuter network.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Hopkins of United, 708-952-5770, Denis Couture of Air Canada, 514-422-5920/
 (UAL) CO: United Airlines; Air Canada ST: Illinois IN: AIR SU:


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