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UNITED RECEIVES FINAL APPROVAL FOR U.S.-ITALY ROUTES AND TENTATIVE AUTHORITY TO ACQUIRE LOS ANGELES-MEXICO CITY AND BEYOND RIGHTS

 UNITED RECEIVES FINAL APPROVAL FOR U.S.-ITALY ROUTES AND TENTATIVE
 AUTHORITY TO ACQUIRE LOS ANGELES-MEXICO CITY AND BEYOND RIGHTS
 CHICAGO, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines gained access to new international markets in Europe and Latin America today when the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) granted the carrier final approval to fly between Washington, D.C.'s Dulles International Airport and Milan and Rome, Italy, and tentative approval to acquire Pan American's Los Angeles-Mexico City and beyond rights.
 The airline said service from Dulles International Airport to Milan, with continuing service to Rome, will begin on June 20.
 Under United's proposal, upon final DOT approval, United will inaugurate four daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Mexico City beginning June 4. At that time, United also will initiate four daily flights beyond Mexico City to Guatemala City, Guatemala; San Salvador, El Salvador; and San Jose, Costa Rica.
 "These awards continue to strengthen U.S. carrier competitiveness both across the Atlantic and to and from Latin America," said Stephen M. Wolf, chairman and president.
 "Joining Milan and Rome with Washington, D.C., has tremendous benefits for trans-Atlantic travelers, and will position United to be a strong and aggressive competitor in the U.S.-Italy market.
 "Receipt of final authority to operate Los Angeles-Mexico City and beyond will be of substantial importance to the traveling public and United.
 "The combination of the new Los Angeles-Mexico City and beyond rights to Central America coupled with United's Mexico City flights from other U.S. gateways (Chicago's O'Hare, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington Dulles) will allow us to provide convenient single-carrier service to Central America from most points of the United States,'' Wolf said.
 ITALY BECOMES NINTH EUROPEAN COUNTRY FOR UNITED
 The inauguration of service to Italy will expand United's growing route system in Europe to 14 cities in nine countries. United launched service to Europe only two years ago, with service to Frankfurt, Germany, in May 1990.
 The DOT award to United culminates a carrier selection proceeding the government began last July. The award upholds a recommendation by the DOT's Chief Administrative Law Judge John Mathias last December.
 Under the approved authority, United will provide U.S.- Italy service six days a week initially, and daily service, starting next winter. The flights will operate daily except Monday eastbound and Wednesday westbound. The flights will originate and terminate at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
 The planned schedule calls for eastbound Flight 970 to depart O'Hare Airport at 2:05 p.m., arrive at Dulles Airport at 4:51 p.m., depart Dulles at 6:55 p.m. and arrive in Milan at 8:50 a.m. the next day, depart Milan at 10:30 a.m. and arrive in Rome at 11:40 a.m.
 Westbound Flight 971 will depart from Rome at 10:10 a.m., arrive in Milan at 11:15 a.m., depart Milan at 12:15 p.m., arrive at Dulles at 3:20 p.m., depart Dulles at 4:55 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 5:57 p.m.
 United will serve the market in summer months with Boeing 747 aircraft, configured to seat 18 in first class, 70 in Connoisseur Class and 305 in economy. Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, with 14 in first, 40 in Connoisseur and 154 in economy, will be used in the winter months.
 SERVICE THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON LA-MEXICO CITY ROUTE
 In the Los Angeles-Mexico City market, southbound departures are scheduled daily for 12:25 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Northbound departures are scheduled daily for 7:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.
 Flights from Mexico City to Guatemala City will depart at 12:26 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. and arrive at 2:26 p.m. and 10:40 p.m., respectively. Flights from Guatemala City to Mexico City will depart at 7:40 a.m. and arrive at 9:40 a.m. and depart at 3:15 p.m. and arrive at 5:15 p.m., respectively.
 The flight from Mexico City to San Salvador will depart at 6:45 a.m. and arrive at 8:56 a.m. The flight from San Salvador to Mexico City will depart at 9:40 a.m. and arrive at 11:51.
 The flight from Mexico City to San Jose, Costa Rica, will depart at 8:31 p.m. and arrive at 11:33 p.m. The flight from San Jose to Mexico City will depart at 6:35 a.m. and arrive at 9:40 a.m.
 All service in the Los Angeles-Mexico City-Central American markets will be operated in Boeing 737-300 aircraft seating eight passengers in first class and 120 in coach.
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