Star Alliance Confirms 'Business as Usual' at United

Dec 09, 2002, 00:00 ET from Star Alliance

    FRANKFURT, Germany, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines' filing for
 Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection will have no impact on its membership in Star
 Alliance.  United will continue to honor its obligations to the alliance,
 including bilateral code-share agreements, frequent flyer agreements and
 lounge access agreements, and will maintain a comprehensive schedule of
 flights across its vast domestic and international route network.
     Chapter 11 refers to the section of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code that provides
 for court-supervised restructuring of companies as they continue to operate
 normally.  The proceeding is intended to help companies become stronger
     "It will be business as usual at United and throughout the Star Alliance
 network.  Customers will see no change," confirmed Jaan Albrecht, Chief
 Executive Officer of Star Alliance.
     Under Chapter 11 protection, United will be allowed "breathing room" to
 work with creditors and other key constituents to develop a plan to reorganize
 and restructure the company.  Business will continue operating without
 interruption during this process, including flights, reservations and other
 services.  Aircraft maintenance and flight safety will remain the number one
 priority.  Passengers will continue to be able to accrue and redeem frequent
 flyer mileage on United flights.
     "We are confident that United, a founding member of Star Alliance, is
 going to emerge successfully from Chapter 11," said Jaan Albrecht.  "During
 this time of restructuring, United will continue to serve its customers with
 focus and energy while offering all the benefits that customers have come to
 identify with Star Alliance.
     "When this process is over, we will see the emergence of a stronger and
 even more competitive United Airlines," he predicted.
     For further information, please contact Stephan A. Roth of Star Alliance -
 The Americas, +1-310-643-7766.
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