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Press Release Source: United Airlines
United Airlines Launches Daily Nonstop Service Between Chicago O'Hare and Buenos Aires
Friday October 29, 12:41 pm ET
CHICAGO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, United Airlines will begin daily nonstop service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Buenos Aires' Ezeiza International Airport (EZE), with connecting service to Montevideo, Uruguay. To launch its Chicago- Buenos Aires service, United is offering customers a Mileage Plus® bonus miles promotion and limited-time introductory fares.*
"United's reinstated nonstop flight between our Chicago hub and Buenos Aires complements our existing nonstop service from our Washington Dulles hub and this vibrant city," said Martin White, senior vice president-Marketing. "Many of our Buenos Aires customers traveling through Washington Dulles were connecting on to Chicago and the western states. Now, United makes it even easier for customers to reach their destinations in the Chicago area, west of the Mississippi and virtually anywhere in the world through the Star Alliance network.
"In addition to enhancing cultural and business exchange opportunities," added White, "our new route enables vacation travelers to take advantage of opposite weather seasons in the United States and Argentina -- as ski season is ending in South America, it's just beginning here in the states. We are delighted to bring back our Chicago-Buenos Aires service and want to share our excitement with customers by offering great deals on ticket fares in addition to an attractive bonus miles offer."
Mileage Plus members can earn bonus miles -- 8,000 miles for United First®, 5,000 miles in United Business® and 3,000 miles in United Economy® -- when they purchase and fly a qualifying roundtrip between Chicago and Buenos Aires between Oct. 31, 2004, and Jan. 31, 2005.** Mileage Plus members can earn this bonus a maximum of three times during the offer period and can register for the bonus miles offer through http://www.united.com/buenosaires , or by calling 800-447-6772 and entering code 305. Members only need to register once for the offer. United also is offering an introductory fare of $497 for qualifying travel each way between the two cities, and low fares for qualifying travel each way between Buenos Aires and other U.S. cities via Chicago, including Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Introductory fares are each way based on roundtrip purchase by Nov. 30, 2004, and valid for travel between Oct. 31 and Dec. 15, 2004. Fares are valid Monday through Thursday, and require a seven-day advance purchase and three-day minimum stay. See fare facts and bonus miles terms and conditions for complete details or visit http://www.united.com/buenosaires .
"The Argentinean government is delighted that United will be flying to Buenos Aires from Chicago," says Ernesto M. Paz, Chicago Consul General of Argentina. "I am hopeful that this new service will generate an increase in trade and commerce between the United States and Argentina, resulting in increased economic benefits for companies based in both Chicago and Buenos Aires."
United Flight 855 departs Chicago at 9:25 p.m. (CST) and arrives in Buenos Aires the next morning at 11:45 a.m. local time. United Flight 854 departs Buenos Aires at 8:45 p.m. local time and arrives in Chicago at 5:10 a.m. (CST) the following morning. United plans to operate its Chicago-Buenos Aires route with a Boeing 767 aircraft.
The cargo friendly Boeing 767 aircraft offers United Cargo customers significant capacity between the United States and South America. Due to the high demand for perishables, such as exotic fruit and manufactured goods, including automotive parts, Chicago serves as an ideal gateway for shipments bound for Europe and Asia, and throughout the United States.
United is the only carrier offering nonstop service between Chicago and South America. From Chicago, United also provides daily nonstop service to Sao Paulo, with connecting service to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. United also serves Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo nonstop from its Washington Dulles hub.
Also on Oct. 31, United will launch daily nonstop service between Chicago O'Hare and Shanghai.
United Airlines (OTC Bulletin Board: UALAQ - News) is the world's second largest airline, operating more than 3,500 flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 200 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 and Europe, United is the largest international carrier based in the United States.*** United is also a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to more than 700 destinations in more than 130 countries worldwide. United's nearly 62,000 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 http://united.com .
* FARE FACTS: Fares are each way based on required roundtrip purchase for
economy class travel on United Airlines and United Express(R) carriers;
Travel may be booked only on United flight numbers 1-1699, 5200-7999
(operated by United Express carriers). Seats are limited and may not be
available on all flights/dates. Purchase Requirements: Tickets must be
purchased at least 7 days in advance of travel. Tickets must be
purchased by 11/30/04. Tickets purchased on United's web site require
immediate purchase by credit card when reservations are made. Travel
Dates: All travel must be completed by 12/15/04. Quoted fares are valid
for travel Monday through Thursday. Quoted fares apply to U.S. Point of
Sale only. Blackout dates: None. Min/Max Stay: A minimum stay of 3 days
is required. The maximum stay is 30 days. Additional Taxes/Fees: Fares
do not include a $3.10 per flight segment tax. A flight segment is
defined as one takeoff and one landing. Fares do not include Passenger
Facilities Charges of up to $18, which may be collected depending upon
itinerary. Fares do not include the September 11th Security Fee of up to
$10 maximum per roundtrip. All international fares are subject to U.S.
departure, agricultural, immigrations, customs and security
taxes/surcharges of up to $40. For travel to some countries, additional
airport, transportation, embarkation, security, duty equalization,
passenger service and noise taxes/surcharges of up to $72 will apply
depending on the destination. For return travel from some countries,
fares do not include airport and/or departure taxes of up to $36, which
may be collected by the foreign government at the time of departure.
Introductory fares above are each way based on required roundtrip
purchase on united.com. Tickets purchased through United reservation
offices are five dollars higher and tickets purchased at airport ticket
counters are ten dollars higher. Itinerary Changes: Tickets are
non-refundable. No changes can be made after ticketed departure date for
any portion of the ticket. Changes made before departure are subject to
fare rules and a service charge ($100 for international). Stopovers,
circle trips, open jaws, one-way and open segments are not permitted with
E-Fares. Other Conditions: Fares are subject to change without notice.
These fares may not be combined with any other discounts, promotions or
coupons. Other restrictions may apply. Lower fares may be available to
** BONUS OFFER TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Offer valid for travel between
October 31, 2004, and January 31, 2005. Offer is not combinable with
other offers and may be earned up to a maximum of three times. Bonus
miles awarded based on booking classes: 8,000 for F/A, 5,000 for C/D and
3,000 for Y/B/M/H/Q/U/W/S/T. Offer valid for members who reside in the
U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Argentina. A
roundtrip is required. A roundtrip is defined as travel from an origin
city to a destination city with return travel beginning in the outbound
destination city back to the first origin city with all segments on
United. Open jaws and circle trip itinerary are not allowed. Offer
valid on qualifying paid, published fares only and only on flights
operated by United. Offer not applicable to United-marketed code share
flights operated by other carriers. E-ticket purchase required. Offer
subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. Not valid
on Government fares. Bonus miles apply to base flight miles only and do
not count toward elite status. Miles accrued, awards issued and bonus
offers are subject to the rules of the United Mileage Plus program.
Bonus miles will be deposited six to eight weeks upon completion of
qualifying travel. The Mileage Plus Program, including accruals, awards
and bonus miles offers, is subject to change without notice. Taxes and
fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the passenger.
United and Mileage Plus are registered service marks. For complete
details about the Mileage Plus program, visit http://www.united.com .
Promotion code MPI 264.
*** Measured by revenue passenger miles as reported to the U.S.
Department of Transportation for 12 months ending June 2004, the most
recent comparison data available.
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