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UNITED AIRLINES CHAIRMAN SAYS A MORE LIBERAL U.S.-U.K.AVIATION AGREEMENT WOULD ENABLE CARRIER TO SERVE BIRMINGHAM

UNITED AIRLINES CHAIRMAN SAYS A MORE LIBERAL U.S.-U.K.AVIATION AGREEMENT
    WOULD ENABLE CARRIER TO SERVE BIRMINGHAM
    BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Encouraged by the accelerated schedule of bilateral negotiations between the United States and the United Kingdom, United Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephen M. Wolf said progress toward an open skies air transport environment bodes well for expansion at airports such as Birmingham International in England.  At a press conference in Birmingham today, Wolf reiterated the carrier's desire to provide daily trans-Atlantic service between the United States and Birmingham.  The current U.S. U.K. bilateral agreement precludes such expansion.
    "We believe that the British regional airports have tremendous potential to serve a greater number of travelers and cargo shippers," Wolf pointed out.  "Birmingham, in particular, is very attractive to United because of its large population and strong commercial and industrial base."
    Wolf called the acceleration of U.S.-U.K. bilateral negotiations aimed at liberalizing the existing aviation agreement between the two countries "encouraging."
    "In light of the impetus provided by the proposed British Airways/USAir acquisition agreement, we are hopeful that significant progress can be made by the U.S. and U.K. governments toward a truly deregulated, open skies air transport environment," Wolf said.  "With liberalization of access and pricing, the competitive playing field will be level for the carriers of both countries.  The true beneficiaries of that, however, will be the traveling and shipping public on both sides of the Atlantic."
    Once United receives approval to serve Birmingham, Wolf said the carrier is prepared to launch U.S.-Birmingham service quickly with daily, non-stop flights from both its primary hub at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and its East Coast hub at Washington's Dulles International Airport, using Boeing 767 equipment.
    United Airlines currently operates 2,090 flights across five continents each day, with a fleet of 514 aircraft.  United made its inaugural trans-Atlantic journey only two and a half years ago; today, the carrier offers service to 14 cities in nine European countries and is the largest U.S. airline at London's Heathrow Airport.
    -0-             09/30/92
    CONTACT:  Joe Hopkins, corporate communications, 708-952-5770; or night: 708-952-4088; or (investors) Pamela Hanlon, 708-952-7501, both of United Airlines
    (UAL) CO:  UAL CORP. IN:  AIR ST:  IL -- NY036 -- X428  09/30/92
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