CHICAGO, May 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Smisek issued the following statement today concerning the news of the death of former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar.
"Congressman Jim Oberstar was a leader when it came to transportation. He spent his entire career dedicated to strengthening our nation's transportation systems and basic infrastructure. His was a trusted voice when it came to aviation. He advocated for the United States aviation industry, its employees, its customers and its airports around the world. The United Airlines family sends thoughts and prayers to all the Oberstar family."
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SOURCE United Airlines