UNITED AIRLINES ANNOUNCES NEW UNITED EXPRESS
PARTNERSHIP WITH GREAT LAKES AIRLINES
CHICAGO, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today it will enter into a United Express marketing agreement with Great Lakes Airlines, which takes effect April 25. The agreement provides for new United Express service to 20 communities through Chicago O'Hare International Airport; eight through Denver Stapleton International Airport; six through Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport; and two through Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Great Lakes, a privately held regional airline based in Spencer, Iowa, serves 39 destinations in nine states in the upper Midwest. Last year, the 11-year-old airline carried 249,000 passengers with a fleet of 20 state-of-the-art, pressurized, 19-seat Beechcraft 1900C aircraft.
"This agreement between United and Great Lakes is the culmination of an outstanding relationship between the airlines and is filled with benefits for the communities we serve," said J.C. Pope, United vice chairman. "We're delighted to be able to offer additional services and United's extensive route system to Great Lakes customers."
Great Lakes aircraft used in the United Express relationship will be repainted in the distinctive orange, red and blue United Express colors.
"This new United Express partnership solidly supports our goal of providing high quality service to our customers," added Doug Voss, Great Lakes chairman and chief executive officer. "We look forward to doing business under the United Express banner."
In March 1991, United and Great Lakes signed a marketing agreement that provided for coordinated schedules and joint published fares at five cities. The new United Express contract will expand key elements of that previous marketing arrangement and add these features:
-- Fully coordinated schedules, with minimum connection times, and one-stop check-in for seat assignments and baggage transfer service on United and Great Lakes flights;
-- Full participation in United's Mileage Plus frequent flier program for Great Lakes customers, with a minimum of 500 miles earned on each segment flown on Great Lakes;
-- Full participation for Great Lakes customers in Silver TravelPac, United's discount program available to travelers 60 years and older and Pass Plus, United's pre-paid travel program offering long-term discounts on unrestricted travel, valid when connecting to United flights;
-- Complete Great Lakes/United Express reservations service handled through United reservations centers;
-- Joint United/United Express advertising and promotions and city timetables.
The Great Lakes/United Express partnership expands United's service through its Chicago O'Hare hub to 20 new cities, including: Quincy, Sterling/Rock Falls and Springfield, Ill.; Burlington, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Ottumwa, Spencer and Waterloo, Iowa; Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Ironwood, Manistee, Marquette, Menominee, Pellston and Traverse City, Mich.; Duluth, Minn.; Grand Island, Neb.; and Rhinelander, Wis.
The Great Lakes/United Express partnership also expands United's service through its Denver hub to Spencer, Iowa; Grand Island and Norfolk, Neb.; Devils Lake, Grand Forks and Jamestown, N.D.; Aberdeen and Pierre, S.D.; through Minneapolis to Iron Mountain and Ironwood, Mich.; Norfolk, Neb.; Devils Lake and Jamestown, N.D.; and Yankton, S.D.; and through Detroit to Alpena and Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.
/CONTACT: Lynn Martenstein, 708-952-4933, Joe Hopkins 708-952-5770, or at night, 708-952-4088, or Ann Thoma, 708-952-7501, all of United Airlines; Dick Fontaine of Great Lakes Airlines, 712-262-1000/
(UAL) CO: United Airlines; Great Lakes Airlines ST: Illinois IN: AIR SU: PDT SM -- NY046 -- 4471 03/03/92 11:59 EST