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 CHICAGO, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today it will begin testing smoke-free flights between New York's Kennedy Airport and London Heathrow Airport and between Los Angeles and Auckland/Melbourne beginning March 1, 1994.
 The smoke-free test will apply to one of two daily round-trip flights United operates in the New York Kennedy-London Heathrow market with Boeing 767-200 aircraft. These aircraft seat a total of 168 passengers each, and United normally sets aside 34 seats per flight for smokers on this route. United's other flight in this market will continue to have designated smoking areas for those customers who wish to smoke.
 The non-smoking test will also apply to United's daily round-trip service operated in Boeing 747-400 aircraft between Los Angeles and Auckland/Melbourne. The airline normally allocates 50 of 418 seats for smokers on this route.
 In addition, United said that as of June 8, 1994, it intends to designate as smoke-free certain flights through the summer months between London Heathrow and the following cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C (Dulles).
 "We believe customer demand will support the smoke-free concept, but we intend to validate our thinking by sampling customer reaction between March and the end of September," said James M. Guyette, executive vice president-marketing and planning. "In all of these markets except Los Angeles-Auckland/Melbourne we will be able to compare passenger loads on smoke-free flights vs. other United flights where smoking is permitted."
 United said this initiative is consistent with the movement of governments and the private sector toward smoke-free environments as is evident on scheduled domestic commercial flights, inside public buildings, work places and restaurants.
 United said if this move proves popular with its customers, the smoke-free policy could become permanent on these flights and be extended to others.
 The smoke-free flights will be flights 901 and 902 between New York Kennedy and London Heathrow, Flights 841 and 842 between Los Angeles and Auckland, and, effective June 8, Flights 962 and 963 between Los Angeles and London, Flights 954 and 955 between San Francisco and London and Flights 920 and 921 between Washington Dulles and London.
 Smoking is currently prohibited on United flights to, from and within all 50 states and to and from Canada, the Caribbean and Mexican resort destinations. In addition, United bans smoking on the upper decks of all of its Boeing 747 aircraft.
 /CONTACT: John Kiker, 708-952-4162, Joe Hopkins, 708-952-5770, or Tony Molinaro, 708-952-4162, all of United Airlines Corporate Communications; Night 708-952-4088; or Pamela Hanlon (Investor Relations) of United Airlines, 708-952-7501/

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