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|United Airlines Launches Inaugural Flight into Africa|
WASHINGTON, Jun 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA) launches its first-ever service to the continent of Africa on Sunday, June 20, with the 10:10 p.m. departure of United 990 between Washington and Accra, the capital of Ghana.
United 990, a Boeing 767 aircraft, will arrive at Kotoka International Airport in Accra the next day at 12:40 p.m. U.S.-bound service from Accra begins June 21 with the departure of United 991 at 11 p.m., arriving in Washington the next day at 6:25 a.m.
Joining United on the first flight will be The Honorable Daniel Ohene Agyekum, the Ghanaian ambassador to the United States and American Idol Finalist and recording artist, Elliott Yamin.
Flights to and from Accra are conveniently timed for connections at Washington Dulles, United's principal trans-Atlantic gateway, to more than 70 cities in North America. As the largest airline in the nation's capital, United offers nearly 300 daily departures from Washington Dulles.
"With the addition of service to Accra, United now offers customers nonstop service to points on six continents," said Jeff Foland, United's senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "We're proud to connect our customers to this vibrant and emerging capital, and look forward to making this new route a tremendous success."
Malaria No More and ExxonMobil are joining United to initially distribute more than one thousand nets to families in rural Ghana, which marks the beginning of a larger commitment to improve the lives of Ghanaians. "Along with the economic value our new service provides to Ghana, we have responsibility and commitment to do our part to address a critical need in the region," said Sonya Jackson, president, United Airlines Foundation. Malaria No More is an organization dedicated to ending malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.
Marking United's six continent reach, Foland joined with Ambassador Agyekum, Malaria No More CEO Scott Case, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and more than 40 members of the diplomatic community and government in a National Press Club reception today in Washington.
Upon arrival in Accra on Monday afternoon, United will join with Ghanaian officials and The Honorable Donald G. Teitelbaum, the U.S. ambassador to Ghana, in an inaugural ceremony, followed Monday evening by a reception with the ambassador.
United Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UAL Corporation (Nasdaq: UAUA), operates approximately 3,400* flights a day on United and United Express to more than 230 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 1,089 destinations in 178 countries worldwide. United's 46,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. United ranked No. 1 in on-time performance for domestic scheduled flights for 2009 among America's five largest global carriers, as measured by the Department of Transportation and published in the Air Travel Consumer Report for 2009. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's Web site at united.com, and follow United on Twitter @UnitedAirlines.
*Based on United's forward-looking flight schedule for January 2010 to December 2010.
SOURCE: United Airlines
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