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UNITED AIRLINES FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN OVER REJECTION OF CARRIER'S SCHEDULES

 UNITED AIRLINES FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN
 OVER REJECTION OF CARRIER'S SCHEDULES
 CHICAGO, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today filed a complaint against the government of Japan, which has unlawfully rejected United's planned, twice-weekly extension of its New York (Newark)-Tokyo service beyond to Sydney, Australia. United filed its complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation and asked the agency to position itself to take appropriate action to restrict the authority granted under the U.S.-Japan Civil Air Transport Agreement.
 "By refusing to accept the Tokyo-Sydney segment of our winter schedule, the Japanese government has violated its agreement with the United States and denied access to important economic rights available to U.S. carriers under the agreement," said Lawrence M. Nagin, United's executive vice president-corporate affairs and general counsel. "United clearly possesses the authority to fly beyond Tokyo. The agreement requires that the schedules be allowed to go into effect."
 As required by the agreement, and after being reviewed by the U.S. government for conformity with the agreement, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on Sept. 4 filed United's schedules with Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Instead of passing the entire package to the Ministry of Transport, as per the existing protocol, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised the U.S. Embassy that the portion involving scheduled service beyond Tokyo to Sydney would not be forwarded to the Ministry of Transport.
 Under long-established procedures agreed to by both the United States and Japan, the Japanese government is obligated to allow the schedules to be implemented, subject to its right to call for consultations after six months of experience with the new service.
 "By rejecting our filing, the government of Japan is refusing to honor its obligations," Nagin said. "The government of Japan's unilateral action is in violation of the agreement, would impose new restrictions on U.S. carriers and undermines the competitive parity that exists between U.S. and Japanese air carriers in the Pacific Basin. The U.S. must take action to re-establish the balance of market opportunities."
 Under U.S. law, the U.S. Department of Transportation must act on the complaint within 90 days. If, at the end of that time, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation finds that a negotiated resolution of the issue is imminent, and that U.S. carriers have suffered no economic harm at the hands of the foreign carrier or foreign government as a result of filing the complaint, the secretary may extend the time for taking action for another 90 days. If no negotiated solution has been achieved at the end of 180 days, the U.S. government is required to act.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Hopkins, corporate communications, 708-952-5770 or (night) 708-952-4088, or (investors) Pamela Hanlon 708-952-7501, both of United Airlines/
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