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UNITED AIRLINES SUPPORTS USE OF IATAN IDENTIFICATION CARDS FOR IATAN TRAVEL AGENTS

 CHICAGO, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to support the travel agent community, United Airlines announced today that it will endorse proposals made by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and the Association of Retail Travel Agents (ARTA) to adopt the use of the International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN) identification card by all qualified travel agents. ASTA and ARTA officials recently have voiced concerns in the travel agent community regarding a small percentage of companies selling travel agent identification for the sole purpose of obtaining reduced travel rates.
 Beginning Jan. 1, 1994, United Airlines will accept only the IATAN card as identification for IATAN travel agents traveling on reduced rates.
 "Although abuse of reduced rate travel at United is minor, as a member of the travel industry, United has a responsibility to help eliminate the abuse that does occur," says Executive Vice President- Marketing and Planning James M. Guyette. "The best way to do this is to support a single form of identification such as the IATAN card, which is strongly backed by the agency community."
 Currently, travel agencies use "Airline Reporting Corporation eligibility lists" to submit employee names and other information to each carrier to qualify for reduced-rate tickets. To obtain an IATAN identification card, travel agents must pass the following criteria:
 -- be a bona fide employee of an IATAN travel agency;
 -- receive annual earnings of at least $7,000, and
 devote a minimum of 20 hours per week to the
 business of selling travel;
 -- be at least 18 years of age;
 -- be currently registered with IATAN and listed on the
 current agency personnel list;
 -- obtain the signature of the agency owner/manager on
 the application for the card.
 "We hope that United's leadership position on this issue will be a catalyst for other travel industry companies to support the proposals made by ASTA and ARTA," Guyette adds. "We believe that the IATAN identification card program will bring very positive benefits to the travel industry."
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 /CONTACT: John Kiker, 708-952-4162, or Joe Hopkins, 708-952-5770, Night, 708-952-4088, (corporate communications), or Pamela Hanlon, 708-952-7501, (investors), all of United Airlines/
 (UAL)


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