Negotiations Update 2012/05/22

United Airlines announced today that the company has reached several new agreements for employees represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM).

United and the IAM reached a tentative agreement for an initial collective bargaining agreement covering pilot ground school instructors from the company’s Continental subsidiary. These employees will vote on the agreement in the coming weeks.

United also reached an agreement with the IAM regarding the work performed by airport customer service agents that will facilitate the integration and strategic redeployment of aircraft pursuant to United's single operating certificate and combined passenger service system. In addition, United and the IAM executed an agreement providing for, among other things, seniority integration of the combined group of storekeepers.

United also announced that airport ground handling work at five airports — Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Buffalo, Detroit and Sacramento — currently performed by outside vendors, will now be done by United Airlines employees.

"Each of these labor agreements moves United and our co-workers forward in fully integrating our work groups,” said Mike Bonds, executive vice president Human Resources and Labor Relations. "Working together with the IAM, we've addressed co-worker interests across three major divisions — flight operations, technical operations, and airport operations — to achieve agreements that are fair to co-workers and fair to the company."

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,605 flights a day to 375 airports on six continents from our hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. In 2011, United carried more traffic than any other airline in the world, and operated more than two million flights carrying 142 million passengers. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 125 new aircraft deliveries from 2012 through 2019, including 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 25 Airbus A350XWBs. United was rated the world’s most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine’s 2012 airline-industry list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United’s MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 190 countries via 25 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

Letter of Agreement

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