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United Airlines orders 22 Airbus Aircraft to Help Carry Out its Strategic Plan

CHICAGO, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gerald Greenwald announced today that the airline has placed firm orders for 22 additional narrowbody A-320 and A-319 aircraft from Airbus Industrie. Today's announcement covers the final contractual arrangements necessary to implement the carrier's previously disclosed fleet plan.

The order consists of 12 A320s and 10 A319s for delivery in the years 2000 and 2001. When all these planes have entered service, the United fleet of Airbus narrowbody aircraft will total 133.

Greenwald said: "United believes there are profitable growth opportunities for these aircraft and the airline is keeping with its plan for moderate growth. In addition, this order continues United's strategy of simplifying its fleet plan from 10 fleet types to 5 types."

The airline's fleet will grow from 571 aircraft at year-end 1997 to 645 at year-end 2001 based on current delivery and retirement schedules.

United operates more than 2,300 flights daily to 99 domestic and 37 international airports.

SOURCE United Airlines
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/CONTACT: Joe Hopkins of United Airlines Corporate Communications,
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