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UNITED AIRLINES AND TRANSBRASIL ANNOUNCE MARKETING AGREEMENT

 CHICAGO, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines and TransBrasil today announced the signing of a cooperation agreement that includes marketing enhancements, one-stop check-in, and, subject to any necessary government approvals, code sharing between Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Porto Alegre and selected points in the United States.
 The main elements in the agreement include the following:
 -- Effective July 1, members of United's Mileage Plus frequent flier program will be able to accrue miles for travel on TransBrasil's flights between Sao Paulo and Brasilia and Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre.
 -- Effective July 1, one-stop check-in will be available for United and TransBrasil passengers checking in for flights involving travel on both carriers on selected connections to and from Brasilia and Porto Alegre via Sao Paulo (served by both carriers) and United's U.S. gateways. 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 other cities at a future date. The ultimate aim is to provide fully automated, systemwide one-stop check-in for all passengers with a journey involving both airlines.
 -- Starting July 1, in an initial code-sharing arrangement, United will use its UA designation code on selected TransBrasil flights connecting to and from the United States via Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Porto Alegre.
 -- TransBrasil will gradually convert its distribution system to maximize compatibility with the Galileo International systems utilized by United.
 United's president and chief operating officer, J.C. Pope, hailed the new pact, saying, "We are delighted to announce this agreement with one of South America's foremost airlines. TransBrasil has developed an outstanding product, which we believe will mesh well with United. This arrangement will form the basis for excellent consumer benefits for customers of both TransBrasil and United."
 TransBrasil's chairman, Omar Fontana, said he was pleased that the relationship between his airline and United had developed positively, adding, "This agreement is, I am certain, the first of a number of steps in which our two airlines can cooperate to maximize the quality and efficiency with which we serve the public in our respective markets. We expect to learn and to benefit from this relationship with a world leader in air travel."
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 /CONTACT: Joe Hopkins, 708-952-5770, or night 708-952-4088, or (investors) Pamela Hanlon, 708-952-7501, both of United Airlines/
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