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UNITED AIRLINES AND ANSETT AUSTRALIA/ANSETT NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCE A COMPREHENSIVE MARKETING RELATIONSHIP

 UNITED AIRLINES AND ANSETT AUSTRALIA/ANSETT NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCE
 A COMPREHENSIVE MARKETING RELATIONSHIP
 CHICAGO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines and Ansett today announced a comprehensive new marketing relationship, which will enable passengers to transfer more easily between both carriers' networks at Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. The agreement includes exclusive marketing enhancements, one-stop check-in, and, subject to government approvals, code sharing between key cities in Australia and selected points in the United States.
 The main elements in the agreement include the following:
 -- Effective September 18, passengers traveling to Australia,
 and/or New Zealand from the United States on United can
 purchase Air Passes for travel within either Australia or New
 Zealand on Ansett Australia at discounts of up to 55 percent.
 The offer is valid for travel beginning October 1, 1992 through
 Dec. 31, 1993.
 -- Ansett will join United's popular Silver Wings program, which
 offers discounted travel for senior citizens, effective Oct. 1.
 -- Ansett flights will be featured in conjunction with United
 Vacations programs sold to United Airlines passengers traveling
 to the South Pacific.
 -- A "Pro-active Transfer Service" at Sydney and Auckland will
 provide added transfer service benefits to passengers to
 identify and help expedite procedures for connecting
 passengers.
 -- Both carriers will provide additional consumer benefits to
 members of their respective frequent flyer programs. Effective
 Oct. 1, members of United's Mileage Plus will be able to accrue
 mileage and effective November 1 use awards for travel on
 Ansett flights in Australia greatly expanding the number of
 cities used by Mileage Plus members. Beginning Oct. 1,
 Ansett's frequent flyer program will allow members to accrue
 mileage or redeem travel awards on United flights to the United
 States, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific basin.
 -- Effective Nov. 16, one-stop check-in will be available for
 United and Ansett passengers checking in for flights involving
 travel on both carriers on selected connections from Los
 Angeles and Honolulu via Sydney to and from selected Ansett
 domestic Australian cities. Passengers' baggage will be
 checked through to their final destination, and boarding cards
 and seat assignments will be given for all connections at the
 first point of check-in. Both carriers plan to extend one-stop
 check-in to include all of their cities in the United States,
 Australia and New Zealand once an automated link between the
 airline's computer systems is established. The ultimate aim is
 to provide fully automated, systemwide one-stop check-in for
 all passengers with a journey involving flights on both
 airlines.
 -- Starting Feb. 1, 1993 in an initial code-sharing arrangement,
 United will use its designation code on selected Ansett flights
 connecting to and from the United States via Sydney to and from
 selected Australian cities.
 -- Commencing Oct. 1, both airlines will providing additional
 benefits worldwide to members of United's Red Carpet Club and
 Ansett's Golden Wing Club. Red Carpet Club members with a
 valid Ansett ticket will be able to use Golden Wings lounges on
 their journey while Golden Wings members holding a valid United
 ticket will be able to use that airline's Red Carpet Club.
 United's Senior Vice President-Marketing Adam Aron said, "We are delighted to announce this agreement with one of the South Pacific's leading airlines. Ansett has developed an outstanding product, which we believe fits well with United. There is also great synergy between our networks. We are both strong at Sydney and Auckland, and there is great potential for generating additional connecting passengers for both airlines. At the same time, this arrangement brings tremendous consumer benefits to the customers of United and Ansett."
 Ansett operates the largest network of services in Australia and New Zealand, to more cities than any other airline. The Ansett group holds almost 60 per cent of Australia's domestic airline market.
 Ansett Australia Chief General Manager Graeme McMahon said, "United's high standards and extensive network would be a powerful drawcard to the 100,000 members of Ansett's frequent flyer program when choosing their airline for travel to and from the USA."
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 /CONTACT: Joe Hopkins of United Airlines corporate communications, 708-952-5770, or night, 708-952-4088, or Pamela Hanlon of United Airlines, 708-952-7501/ CO: United Airlines ST: Illinois IN: AIR SU: JVN


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