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United to Inaugurate its New International Premium Travel Experience on Washington, D.C. to Frankfurt Flight

CHICAGO.– United Airlines’ first international aircraft to complete the company’s multi-million dollar product enhancement is scheduled to take flight on Oct. 29, 2007 from Washington Dulles to Frankfurt. With its true flat-bed seats, on-demand entertainment and other spruced up amenities, the Boeing 767 will provide customers with the optimal space to work, sleep or relax while traveling overseas.

With the inaugural Washington, D.C.-Frankfurt flight, United earns the distinction of becoming the first U.S. carrier to offer 180-degree, lie-flat beds in business class on overseas flights.

"The inaugural flight promises to be an exciting occasion for our customers and employees alike,” said Graham Atkinson, United executive vice president and Chief Customer Officer. “The investments we are making in our international aircraft will enable our employees to more easily deliver the high standard of personal service our top customers expect. Soon our guests will see that from the moment they step onboard and lie in our true flat-bed seats to the time they arrive at their destinations, they will feel more relaxed and rewarded.”

The first of the 97 international aircraft that will be modified is a Boeing 767, which after its inaugural flight is scheduled to alternate flying between Washington, D.C.-Frankfurt and Washington, D.C.-Zurich. Following the Boeing 767, will be a Boeing 747 that is scheduled to begin flying in mid-December and a Boeing 777 that is scheduled to fly in early February. After these three aircraft are modified, the rollout schedule will accelerate and run in parallel by aircraft type through fall 2009 with approximately one reconfigured aircraft per week joining the fleet. Customers can learn more about United’s International Premium Travel Experience and the status of its rollout at

As part of United’s international widebody aircraft investment, United will also refresh its premium cabin restrooms and in the economy cabin will add new seat cushions, replace the carpeting and upgrade its inflight entertainment system with digital servers and new LCD screens.

The new international premium cabins are part of United’s strategy of providing customers with distinct products and services that they expect and value, with a particular focus on serving more frequent business travelers. United remains the first and only U.S. airline to offer customers 180-degree, lie-flat seats in its first and business class cabins on all international widebody aircraft and a choice of four different seating sections – United First, United Business, Economy Plus and Economy.


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