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UNITED AIRLINES CALLS ON BRITISH AIRWAYS TO JOIN IT IN SEEKING LIBERALIZATION OF BERMUDA 2 AGREEMENT

 UNITED AIRLINES CALLS ON BRITISH AIRWAYS TO JOIN
 IT IN SEEKING LIBERALIZATION OF BERMUDA 2 AGREEMENT
 LONDON, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines has called on British Airways' Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Sir Colin Marshall to join United and other U.S. and U.K. carriers in seeking a complete liberalization of the Bermuda 2 agreement, which governs air services between the United States and United Kingdom.
 "We urge Sir Colin Marshall and British Airways to join us publicly in calling for complete liberalization now of an agreement which no longer satisfies the needs of today's marketplace and which restricts travel, trade and economic growth between two major trading partners," said Lawrence M. Nagin, executive vice president-corporate affairs and general counsel for United Airlines.
 He added: "British Airways has said it is committed to liberalization and fair competition. The United States government supports Open Skies agreements as opposed to restrictive bilaterals which hamper growth and economic prosperity. We believe that with support from both governments and the carriers, the time is right to achieve a major breakthrough, which would remove restrictions on all participants in the market."
 Speaking at the Financial Times' World Aerospace and Air Transport Conference in London today, Nagin said British Airways' desire to invest in USAir presented a unique opportunity to free U.S.-U.K. and U.S.- Europe air transportation markets from outdated restrictions.
 British Airways' proposed transaction with USAir will give BA unrestricted access to U.S. markets. It already serves 19 gateways in the United States from London. In addition, BA can provide through service via London to 64 cities in Europe, plus destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Under BA's proposal, it would also obtain the right to use U.S. carrier licenses to operate from the U.S. to other points in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
 In his conference speech, Nagin commented: "British Airways has clearly identified a pathway to expanding its global competitiveness. It is now the governments' responsibility to see the path is open to U.S. and U.K. companies alike, should they choose to follow it. If our governments can accomplish this, the international air transportation industry will be poised to generate a range of public benefits on a scale never before seen."
 Nagin made his call for Marshall and British Airways to join the battle for liberalization during a forum at the conference, in which Marshall also participated.
 "We hope Sir Colin Marshall will listen to our call," said Nagin. "It is in the interests of all concerned to help provide a fair and equal, liberal framework within which all carriers can compete."
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