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United Airlines Names Gerry Laderman Chief Financial Officer

August 22, 2018

CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) today announced Gerry Laderman, a 30-year United veteran, has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer. UAL conducted an internal and external search to fill the role; Laderman had been serving as acting chief financial officer since May.

Previously, Laderman served as senior vice president of finance, procurement and treasurer and as a member of the senior executive leadership team. He has held financial positions of increasing responsibility and will be responsible for developing United's overall financial strategy, including cost management, capital allocation and balance sheet optimization.

"Gerry has been an integral member of our leadership team throughout my tenure at United. While leading the finance organization, he has focused on enforcing cost discipline and developing a fleet plan that is capital-efficient and flexible, all while partnering with the executive team to design and implement our growth strategy," said CEO Oscar Munoz. "Gerry is widely respected throughout the industry and on Wall Street for his innovative approach to aircraft financing and debt structures, as well as his effective management of the balance sheet. He is the leader that we need in this role to ensure the momentum we've built this year extends well into United's bright future."

Laderman previously served as senior vice president of finance and treasurer for Continental Airlines from 2001 to 2010 and joined Continental in 1988. Prior to joining Continental, Laderman practiced law at the New York firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. Laderman holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 757 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 551 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

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United Airlines Names Jake Cefolia Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales

August 06, 2018

CHICAGO, Aug. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced Jake Cefolia has been promoted to senior vice president of Worldwide Sales. A veteran sales leader, he will be responsible for directing the efforts of a team of 725 sales professionals who manage sales programs, services, relationships and revenue with corporations, travel management companies and distributors around the world.

Cefolia has been with United since 2007, most recently serving as vice president of Sales for the Americas. In this role, he oversaw sales for the United States, Canada and Latin America as well as the Global Accounts Division. He has also served as vice president of Atlantic and Pacific Sales, as managing director of the Global Accounts Division and as managing director for United's Pacific region, based in Hong Kong. Before joining United, he held various sales leadership roles at Northwest Airlines and British Airways.

Cefolia will report to Scott Kirby, president of United, and begins his new role today. He succeeds Dave Hilfman, who announced earlier this year his plans to retire. Hilfman will continue to serve in an advisory capacity through the end of 2018.

"During his more than 35 years in the industry, Dave has established a legacy for his commitment to customers and colleagues, and we're fortunate to have had him on the United team," said Kirby. "In Jake, we have a leader with a proven ability to develop meaningful relationships with corporate and travel agency customers around the globe and to motivate and equip the Sales team to deliver outstanding results as they have done this year. Sales is a critical department helping to fuel our growth, with corporate revenues up double digits year-over-year, and with Jake at the helm, United is well positioned to continue to find opportunities to better meet the needs of today's corporate traveler."

"It's an honor for me to build on the already strong foundation established by my predecessor and friend, Dave Hilfman," said Cefolia. "I look forward to evolving our offerings for both new and loyal corporate and travel agency clients of all sizes, simplifying the travel management process and enhancing the tools and technology we provide."

Cefolia graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in management.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 757 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 551 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

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United Airlines Names Lori Bradley Senior Vice President, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness

July 18, 2018

CHICAGO, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced Lori Bradley has been named senior vice president, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness. Bradley is a veteran human resources executive, bringing more than 25 years of talent management expertise with large corporations to this newly created role with United. She will be responsible for setting and leading a global talent management strategy, including organizational design and effectiveness, talent acquisition, and diversity and inclusion, as well as learning and development programs.

"The best way to provide great customer service is with a great team. Essential to the success of United is hiring and developing talented employees so they can deliver for our customers," said Kate Gebo, executive vice president, Human Resources and Labor Relations. "The creation of this role is an investment in all 90,000 United team members, and Lori's exemplary track record of driving a high-performance culture at companies with diverse, global workforces is an excellent fit for our business."

"I look forward to building on United's already strong foundation of teamwork and inclusion to further the airline's commitment to recruit, hire, and develop talented employees to act in the best interests of United customers everywhere," said Bradley.

Bradley comes to United from PVH Corp., one of the world's largest global apparel companies, with a diversified portfolio of lifestyle apparel brands led by Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. While Bradley was at the helm of Global Talent Management for PVH, the company was recognized by Chief Learning Officer magazine as a top 100 company for Learning & Development. PVH University, of which Bradley led the creation, has received numerous awards for innovation in learning and development, most recently being recognized by HR.com as a Top Five Corporate University. Additionally, under her leadership, PVH was honored as a Best Company to Work For in Fashion, a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality and as a Top 100 Diversity Organization on the Thomson Reuters Global Diversity and Inclusion Index. Bradley was recently named to the 2018 Black Enterprise list of Top Executives in Corporate Diversity.

She gained prior experience with Wyeth, Raytheon Corporation and Development Dimensions International, a global human resources consulting firm. She is returning to her roots in aviation, as she began her career as a flight attendant.

Bradley holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of North Texas. She earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of North Texas and her master's degree in English/Critical Theory from the University of Texas at Arlington. She will start at United on August 20, reporting to Kate Gebo, executive vice president, Human Resources and Labor Relations.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 757 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 551 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

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United Airlines Announces $1 Million Grant To Nation's Largest Food Bank

June 13, 2018

HOUSTON, June 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today a $1 million grant to the Houston Food Bank in support of their School Market program. The School Market program was specifically expanded to assist children attending Harvey-affected schools, which were among the hardest hit after Hurricane Harvey.

United's investment in the Food Bank's School Market program will provide nutritious food to students at 25 schools, each serving an average of 200 households a year. Among the 25 schools, 10 schools will receive new United-branded brick and mortar pantries onsite and 15 will receive mobile pantries. All pantries will be open this fall for the new school year and provide families the opportunity to shop for food throughout the academic year. By improving the quality of food and providing more access to fruits and vegetables, the Houston Food Bank expects to help increase students' fruit and vegetable intake, improve their academic performance and school attendance.

"The Houston Food Bank made a tremendous impact on our community after the storm and United is proud to partner with them in providing additional support to Houston schools," United's Vice President of Houston Operations Rodney Cox said. "We understand that the Houston Food Bank is a life line for so many Houstonians and are confident that the School Market programs will create a positive and lasting effect on the community."

"United Airlines has a special connection to Houston and they continue to be a wonderful partner with the Houston Food Bank," says Brian Greene, president/CEO of the non-profit organization, the largest food bank in the nation. "Their latest grant will make it possible for us to provide food and nutrition educations to families, including many of whom were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We thank United for making this important, substantial investment into one of its largest hub cities."

Today's announcement is the second in a series of announcements United is making in all of its domestic hub markets over the coming weeks. Each grant is a part of a total of $8 million in grants to help address critical needs identified by local leadership in each of its hub market communities – Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark/New York and Washington, D.C. The announcement represents United's commitment to invest in and lift up the communities where many of its customers and employees live and work.

Throughout these four-year grants, United will work hand-in-hand with local organizations and engage with city and community leadership to create profound, sustainable advancements. Future announcements will include grant recipients in Washington, D.C., Denver, New York/New Jersey; Los Angeles and San Francisco.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 354 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 750 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 545 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

About Houston Food Bank

The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste. Nationally recognized by Feeding America as Food Bank of the Year in 2015, the Houston Food Bank is the largest source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Each year, the Food Bank feeds 800,000 individuals through a network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other charities. We distribute fresh produce, meat and nonperishables from our warehouse at 535 Portwall, where we also prepare nutritious hot meals for kids in our new state-of-the-art Keegan Kitchen. We rescue food before it reaches the landfill through our Retail Pickup program with area grocery stores. Additional community services include nutrition education, school-based programs and SNAP (formerly food stamps) application assistance. Founded in 1982, the Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

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United Airlines Becomes First Carrier to Receive Audubon International's Green Hospitality Award

June 12, 2018

LOS ANGELES, June 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines reached yet another milestone in its role as the world's most environmentally conscious airline by becoming the first carrier to achieve certification through the new Audubon International Green Hospitality Program for the airline's United Club location in Terminal 7 of Los Angeles International Airport. Audubon International awarded United its gold-level certification in recognition of the airport lounge's exemplary indoor air quality, innovative composting program and overall dedication to environmental stewardship.

United and Audubon International, the not-for-profit environmental education organization dedicated to sustainable natural resource management, will continue to work together to further improve the sustainability of the airline's airport lounges around the globe, including its new United Polaris lounge locations at several major U.S. hubs. United has already achieved separate "Green Business" certifications for United Club locations from the cities of Los Angeles, Denver and San Diego.

United's achievement at Los Angeles International Airport follows the airline's historic launch of service in 2016 using commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation fuel at the Los Angeles hub for regularly scheduled departures.

"As an industry-leading airline in green initiatives, we are constantly pursuing ways to reduce our footprint, whether through our use of low-carbon, sustainable aviation biofuel or our revaluation of onboard materials that resulted in keeping 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the air each year," said Gavin Molloy, United's vice president of corporate real estate and environmental affairs. "Teaming up with Audubon International enables us to further reduce our impact on the environment not just in the air but also at our facilities across our system."

"We're very happy to welcome United Airlines into our Green Hospitality program," said Christine Kane, Audubon International's chief executive officer. "United's focus on minimizing the environmental impact of its operation aligns perfectly with our mission to foster the sustainable use of natural resources in all the places people live, work and play. This partnership is a great example of how working together to improve individual aspects of one's daily life or business operation will result in a larger, and more positive, cumulative impact."

"At Los Angeles International Airport, being at the forefront of environmental sustainability is a top priority not only for our airport, but for our airline partners as well," said Samantha Bricker, Los Angeles World Airports' deputy executive director for environmental programs. "We are pleased that United chose this Los Angeles United Club lounge to be the first to achieve certification through the new Audubon International Green Hospitality Program and we look forward to continuing to work with United on environmental stewardship efforts."

Last year, United teamed up with Audubon International to protect raptors – including hawks, kestrels and owls – in and around New York-area airports and resettle the birds of prey at suitable golf course habitats where the species are more likely to thrive. The Raptor Relocation Program helps minimize risk to wildlife, reduce damage to aircraft and enable the airline to operate more efficiently within some of the world's busiest airspace.

United's award-winning Eco-Skies program represents the company's commitment to the environment and the actions taken every day to create a sustainable future. In 2017, Air Transport World (ATW) magazine named United the Eco-Airline of the Year for the second time since the airline launched the Eco-Skies program. This year, United Airlines ranked No. 1 among global carriers in Newsweek's Global 500 Green Rankings, one of the most recognized environmental performance assessments of the world's largest publicly traded companies.

For more information on United's commitment to environmental sustainability, visit united.com/ecoskies.

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 354 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 750 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 545 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

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United Airlines Names John Slater Senior Vice President of Inflight Services

June 04, 2018

CHICAGO, June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced John Slater has been named senior vice president of inflight services, overseeing United's 24,000 flight attendants. John previously served as vice president of United's inflight team and brings with him decades of experience and a deep commitment to providing excellent customer service on board United's flights.

"John has the experience and passion to lead our Inflight team, and he brings with him a first-hand view of what it takes to deliver great service to our customers," said Greg Hart, chief operations officer at United. "His understanding and appreciation that we are a people business are clear, and I am excited to have him supporting our dedicated flight attendants."

John, who at the beginning of his career served as a flight attendant for People Express Airlines, previously served as vice president of United's O'Hare hub. Under his tenure in that position, O'Hare delivered its best operational performance ever, and consistently topped the competition in the market. He also spent several years with the United sales group, last serving as vice president of the Americas region.

His first day in this new role will be Monday, June 11th.

About United


United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 354 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 750 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 545 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL."

SOURCE United Airlines

For futher information: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, +1-872-825-8640, media.relations@united.com

United Airlines Names Josh Earnest Chief Communications Officer

May 03, 2018

CHICAGO, May 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced Josh Earnest has been named senior vice president and chief communications officer. Earnest brings to the company more than two decades of strategic communications expertise from the highest levels of politics and government, including as White House Press Secretary. At United, he will be responsible for developing the company's global communications strategy, leading a world-class team to execute it, working closely with the company's leadership to shape the airline's public image and serving as the company's chief spokesman.

"Josh is a proven leader and world-class communications strategist who has thrived when the stakes are the highest - and the margin for error is the smallest. He'll play a crucial role on our leadership team as we position our brand and this company for success. I am looking forward to working closely with him to continue to expand United's global leadership," said Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines.

"United Airlines is an iconic, global brand with a long history - but it's United's bright future that makes me enthusiastic about joining the team. Cutting through the noise of the modern media environment is a challenge, especially in the highly competitive airline industry. United's advantage will continue to be its customer-focused core values, dedicated employees and visionary leadership team. That's the story that I am excited to tell," said Earnest.

Most recently, Earnest has been a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, making appearances on the network's leading news programs including the Today Show, Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News. Prior to that, Earnest served for eight years in the Obama White House, first as deputy press secretary before being promoted to White House Press Secretary in 2014. In 2015, Earnest was voted the "best White House press secretary I've worked with" by White House correspondents surveyed by Politico.

In addition to his work in front of the cameras, Earnest played a leading role behind the scenes to develop and implement an innovative communications strategy that was paired with a fully-integrated digital media presence to drive the Administration's agenda.

His two-decade career in politics has taken him from Capitol Hill to some of the largest states and most competitive races in the country, including four presidential campaigns, statewide races in Texas and Florida and Mike Bloomberg's first campaign for Mayor of New York.

Earnest received his degree in political science and policy studies from Rice University. He will move to Chicago this summer with his wife, Natalie and their two children. Earnest's first day at United will be Monday, May 21.

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 354 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 750 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 545 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

SOURCE United Airlines

For futher information: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, +1-872-825-8640, media.relations@united.com

United Airlines Announces Collaboration with American Humane for Safe Animal Travel

May 01, 2018

CHICAGO, May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced it will be working with American Humane, the country's first national humane animal organization, to improve the well-being of all pets that travel on United. American Humane has been working to improve the safety, welfare and well-being of the world's animals for more than 140 years.

United also announced that it will resume operations for PetSafe®, the carrier's program for cats and dogs that travel in the cargo compartment, later this summer. The airline continues to review all pet handling processes and policies, including in-cabin pet travel. United is identifying new policies, updating training and customer requirements, and implementing these changes to improve the safety of the pet travel experience. For customers looking for more up-to-date information and important tips to help them further ensure the comfort of their pets during travel, please visit www.united.com/petsafe.

"American Humane has long been known and respected for setting the gold standard of animal welfare," said Jan Krems, United's vice president of cargo. "We look forward to a long-term collaboration and appreciate their expertise in helping us further improve our service on an ongoing and continual basis. As we continue our review process to ensure that we are always doing what's right, we are committed to making significant improvements in our program and adhering to the best practices of animal comfort, well-being and travel on behalf of our customers and their pets."

"Transporting pets introduces a variety of risks and when United approached us, we knew we had to take on the challenge of helping improve and ensure the health, safety and comfort of so many animals," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane's president and chief executive officer. "United serves thousands of customers and their pets each day, and we saw it as our duty to come in as an independent, third party to help evaluate and further improve their PetSafe program and the in-cabin experience to ensure it offers one of the best in the industry."

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 354 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 750 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 545 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL". For more information about PetSafe, visit www.united.com/PetSafe.

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United Receives "Best-of-the-Best" Award for Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Across All Communities

April 19, 2018

CHICAGO, April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines was honored by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) with the "Best-of-the-Best" designation, lauding the airline's industry-leading results across all diverse segments, creating a better future for all diverse communities in business.

"Connecting people and cultures across the globe is at the heart of who we are at United Airlines," said Patrick Quayle, vice president of International Network at United Airlines. "Thank you to NGLCC and the NBIC for working alongside us to continue to help move society forward by advocating for inclusion and uniting the world."

United's robust diversity and inclusion initiatives represent the company's commitment to engaging with and advocating for the LGBT community, people of color, women, veterans and people with disabilities. Actions taken every day to support the airline's efforts include building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and developing partnerships with key organizations with common goals.

United takes action to build a more inclusive economy and world for all through such actions as developing and employing anti-discrimination policies, implementing employee training focused on inclusion, creating and expanding Business Resource Groups (BRGs) across the U.S. and internationally for employees, and hosting Girls in Aviation Day events in locations across the system, among other initiatives.

For more information on United's commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit www.united.com/diversity.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 354 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 750 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 545 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL."

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United Airlines and Air New Zealand Announce New Nonstop Service Between Chicago and Auckland

March 27, 2018

AUCKLAND, New Zealand and CHICAGO, March 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Air New Zealand today announced it will begin new nonstop service between Auckland and Chicago, beginning Nov. 30, 2018. The new service announcement deepens the joint venture relationship between Air New Zealand and United Airlines. In addition to the new route announcement, United announced it will extend its seasonal service between San Francisco and Auckland to year-round beginning April 2019.

"We expect the addition of Chicago to our network to be an attractive option for Americans keen to explore New Zealand and Kiwis wanting to visit Chicago or head on to other North American destinations," says Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon. "As well as being great for travelers, this new route is also good news for New Zealand, as we expect it to contribute around $70 million annually to our economy, and we know that more than 50 percent of spending by U.S. visitors is done outside of the main centers. We'll be working alongside our colleagues at United Airlines to grow the route and visitor numbers in both directions."

"By adding Chicago to the Air New Zealand route network, and with United's increased service between San Francisco and Auckland, we are proud to offer our customers more ways to get between the United States and New Zealand and more connection opportunities in those cities than any other airline in the world," said United's International Network Vice President Patrick Quayle. "Today's announcements are great examples of the customer benefits that result from the strong, strategic alliance and partnership between United Airlines and Air New Zealand."

Air New Zealand service between Auckland and Chicago

From Nov. 30, 2018, Air New Zealand will operate three times weekly, year-round service with its new configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Flight time will be approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound. Air New Zealand code share service will be offered on around 100 flights across the U.S. for convenient connections to Auckland via Chicago. United Airlines operates more flights from its hub at O'Hare International Airport than any other airline, with more than 500 flights to 147 airports across the United States.

United expands service between San Francisco and Auckland

Beginning in April 2019, United will extend service between its West Coast hub in San Francisco and Auckland to year-round with three-times-weekly service. In partnership with Air New Zealand, United's flight arriving in Auckland will offer passengers more than 20 connections across the region. The return trip utilizes United's extensive route network in San Francisco, which provides connections to the United States, Canada, and Latin America. United operates more than 290 daily flights from its hub at San Francisco International Airport to 79 airports across the U.S. and 26 international destinations. Tickets for the expanded San Francisco schedule will be available on united.com and airnewzealand.com later this year.

United service between San Francisco and Auckland will operate with a Boeing 777-300ER between November and March and will operate with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft between April and October.

Since United and Air New Zealand began their alliance in 2016, the joint venture has opened up more travel options for U.S. and New Zealand travelers than ever before. Overall passenger volumes have grown as customers traveling from New Zealand to the U.S. connect to United's broad domestic network from its hubs in Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Air New Zealand's new flights to Chicago are now available at airnewzealand.com and will be available on Friday, March 30, 2018 on united.com.

The new Chicago – Auckland Northern Winter 2018 schedule from 30 November 2018 is as follows:

Flight No.

Operated by

Aircraft type

Departs

Arrives

Effective dates

Frequency

NZ26 (UA6728)

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Auckland

20:10

Chicago

16:15

30 Nov 2018 –

8 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun

NZ26 (UA6728)

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Auckland

20:10

Chicago

17:15

10 Mar 2019 – 29 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun

NZ27

(UA6727)

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Chicago

19:10

Auckland

06:30+2

30 Nov 2018 –

8 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun

NZ27

(UA6727)

Air New Zealand

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Chicago

20:10

Auckland

06:30+2

10 Mar 2019 – 29 Mar 2019

Wed, Fri, Sun

Flights will arrive into and depart from Terminal 5 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
The above timings are subject to change.

About United

United Airlines, including United Express, is a U.S.-based airline operating approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. United operates 744 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 507 regional aircraft. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

About Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is multi-award winning international airline which delivers uniquely Kiwi journeys to more than 16 million customers who fly to, from and within New Zealand each year.

The airline operates on average more than 3,500 flights each week, connecting customers to 21 destinations within New Zealand and to international ports across Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America and the Pacific Islands. For more information, visit www.airnewzealand.co.nz or follow the airline on Facebook or Twitter.

About Star Alliance

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,400 daily flights to 1,300 airports in 191 countries. Further connecting flights are offered by Star Alliance Connecting Partner, Juneyao Airlines. For more information about Star Alliance visit www.staralliance.com and/or follow Star Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn or Instagram.

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United Continental Holdings Elects Michele J. Hooper to Board of Directors

March 08, 2018

CHICAGO, March 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) announced today that its Board of Directors has elected Michele J. Hooper as an independent director of the company effective March 5. Hooper brings to United more than two decades of corporate board experience and financial and governance expertise. Hooper will be nominated by the Board for re-election at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

Hooper is President and CEO of The Directors' Council which consults with major companies to improve the effectiveness of their corporate governance. Previously, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Voyager Expanded Learning and of Stadtlander Drug Company, Inc. Prior to joining Stadtlander, Hooper was Corporate Vice President, Caremark International Inc, and President of the International Business Group, responsible for the expansion of Caremark into Europe, Canada and Japan. She began her career at Baxter International, Inc., serving in roles of increasing responsibility, including as President of Baxter Canada, Canada's largest health care and laboratory supplies company.

With more than 25 years of corporate board experience, Hooper is an audit committee financial expert with over 20 years of experience chairing the audit committees of several major public companies. In 2017, she was selected as the Director of the Year by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

"I am thrilled to welcome Michele to the United family. She is a highly regarded business leader with expertise in areas that are important to our success, including operations strategy and finance," said United CEO Oscar Munoz. "With Michele, we are gaining a board member who hails from our hometown and brings a tremendous track record, across multiple industries, of making an impact in the boardroom and beyond."

"Along with Oscar and the entire board, I enthusiastically welcome Michele," said Robert Milton, chairman of the Board. "With her addition to our already experienced board, I am confident that we will achieve our goals to be a continued leader in operational reliability and in improving the customer experience."

"I look forward to joining the United board and am excited to help build on the strong foundation United has established over the last two years on its journey to become the best airline for everyone it serves," said Hooper.

Hooper currently serves as a director of PPG Industries, Inc. (former Chair, Audit Committee) and UnitedHealth Group (Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee). She earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting at the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 744 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 518 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

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United Airlines and Special Olympics Announce Global Relationship

March 08, 2018

CHICAGO, March 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines and Special Olympics International today announced the expansion of their relationship globally, celebrating in their shared vision to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. The announcement is the next evolution in United's relationship with Special Olympics that represents a continued effort to break down barriers and further build on the organization's remarkable legacy of inclusion by engaging the airline's employees around the world.

"We are honored to evolve our relationship with Special Olympics, an organization that embodies United's spirit of inclusion and connecting the world," said Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer at United Airlines. "Special Olympics has always been near and dear to many United employees in many of the cities we serve."

As part of the relationship, United will implement new employee training scenarios to make traveling a positive experience for individuals with intellectual disabilities. By the end of 2018, more than 60,000 United frontline employees will participate in new training modules that reflect Special Olympics' insights as the airline takes steps to lead in inclusion.

"At Special Olympics we believe everyone has a role to play in ensuring inclusion," said Timothy Shriver, chairman of Special Olympics International. "Expanding our relationship with United will help provide a platform to drive inclusion throughout its network aiding us in our efforts to create a more inclusive world."

Through this commitment, United will also support Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebrations in Chicago and the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. In other parts of the US, United will be represented at Special Olympics events where customers and employees live and work including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Chicago, Virginia, New York and New Jersey.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 147 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 743 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 478 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968, and celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5 million athletes and Unified partners in more than 170 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company, United Airlines, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Microsoft, Lions Clubs International, Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the Golisano Foundation, Safilo Group, and TOYOTA. Click here for a full list of partners. Engage with us on: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and our blog on Medium.

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