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UNITED CHAIRMAN CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF TRADE BARRIERS BEFORE FOREIGN AIRLINES CAN INVEST IN U.S. AIR CARRIERS

 CHICAGO, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (NYSE: UAL), together with American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, in a joint petition today called on the U.S. Department of Transportation to institute a public proceeding to assess the legal and public-interest issues related to British Airways' investment in USAir, to order a freeze on further investment by British Airways in USAir, and to withhold approval on the carriers' code-sharing and other joint arrangements until a final decision is made on the agreement.
 The United Kingdom has in place one of the most restrictive aviation agreements with the United States, and yet the largest U.K. carrier now stands to gain unparalleled access to the deregulated American market -- the largest air transportation market in the world,'' said United Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer Stephen M. Wolf. The fate of America's major international air carriers will be determined by their ability to establish strong, global route networks. British Airways is seeking to undermine the long-term competitiveness of all U.S. carriers by restricting U.S. airlines' ability to operate to and through the U.K. while incorporating the U.S. into its own rapidly expanding international route network.
 The BA/USAir transaction offers the Clinton administration a valuable opportunity to develop a definitive and much-needed policy regarding foreign air carrier expansion in the U.S. market resulting from their investment in U.S. airlines,'' Wolf added.
 In a global market such as ours, the international competitiveness of U.S. airlines is simply too important to issue hasty approval of an agreement that rewards a protectionist regime.''
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