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United Airlines' "East Meets West"

( Proposed Los Angeles-to-Shanghai Service Would Offer Benefits to Traveling Public Far Exceeding Other Routes

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2007- United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA) filed rebuttal arguments today demonstrating why its proposal for nonstop Los Angeles-to-Shanghai service would best serve the national interest and afford the greatest public benefit.

The proposal would provide direct service between Los Angeles and Shanghai, China. Los Angeles is the largest city in the United States without any service to China by a U.S. carrier. The Department of Transportation is expected to award the route this fall, with service to begin in March 2009.

"Our strategy is very clear: propose service from the cities and regions of the country with the most pressing demand," said Michael Whitaker, senior vice president, United Airlines. “The data speaks for itself - Los Angeles is the fastest growing market without nonstop service to Shanghai from a U.S. carrier. Our proposal will meet regional demand for service in an area significantly underserved."

In a statement Governor Schwarzenegger strongly supported United's route proposal: “China's more than 1 billion citizens represent an important market for California products and services. United Airlines' proposal to add daily, nonstop service between our state and China is a great opportunity to promote California tourism and pump up our state's economy. Direct flights between California and China will only have a positive impact on our state and I look forward to working with United Airlines in the future as we continue to strengthen our economic ties with this important Pacific Rim partner."

In its filing, United summarized why the proposal should be affirmed over other applicants based on better serving the national interest and providing the greatest public benefit. A summary of key points from United's filing follows.

• United's Los Angeles-to-Shanghai service offers the most seats of any proposal
• The Los Angeles-Shanghai market is larger than the other proposed markets combined
• Los Angeles is the fastest growing of all proposed markets
• In 2006, the western U.S. had more U.S.-China traffic than any other region
• No U.S. carrier service has been added from west of the Mississippi since 2004
• United's proposal will establish Los Angeles as a new gateway for U.S. carrier service to China, meeting the greatest demand
• Los Angeles is the best option among the proposed gateways - almost 50% of all U.S.-China traffic originates in the western U.S.

About United
United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAUA) operates more than 3,600* flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 210 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United also is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 855 destinations in 155 countries worldwide. United's 55,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's Web site at

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