UNITED AIRLINES UNVEILS NEW LOUNGE CONCEPT WITH REMODELED O'HARE UNITED CLUB
AIRLINE TO USE NEW DESIGN CONCEPT WHEN RENOVATING LOUNGES WORLDWIDE
CHICAGO, Jan. 3, 2013
CHICAGO, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --United Airlines has unveiled its new
United Club lounge in Terminal 2 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, the
first to feature a new design prototype that the airline will use when
building and renovating lounges worldwide.
The 13,300 square foot United Club features a completely redesigned interior
that reflects elements of flight and travel. United has outfitted the club
with an expansive bar and lounge area, dynamic lighting, redesigned furniture
and additional workstations and power outlets. The new and improved
furnishings enable customers to relax or work with greater ease and comfort.
"The new United Club offers customers an improved airport lounge experience,"
said Jim Compton, vice chairman and chief revenue officer at United. "We are
investing in our products, on the ground and in the air, to enable our
customers to be more comfortable and productive."
"We are committed to improving the facilities our customers use every day,"
said Kate Gebo, vice president of corporate real estate at United. "In
addition to redesigning our lounges, we are installing new jet bridges in
Chicago, rebuilding the south concourse in Terminal B in Houston and building
new maintenance hangars at Washington Dulles and Newark to improve efficiency
and help us better serve our customers."
As with all United Club lounges, members have access to complimentary snacks,
beverages and Wi-Fi. United is spending more than $50 million in 2013 to
renovate several of the airline's 51 United Club locations.
The United Club renovations are in addition to the airline's more than $550
million investment in fleet-wide onboard improvements, including offering the
world's largest fleet of flat-bed seats, with more than 175 aircraft with
180-degree flat beds in premium cabins once the airline completes the
installation in early 2013. United also anticipates launching satellite-based
Wi-Fi on international widebody aircraft this month, enabling customers to
stay connected while traveling on long-haul overseas routes.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,557 flights a day
to 378 airports on six continents from the airline's 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 now has 180 airplanes featuring
DIRECTV®, offering customers more live television access than any other
airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has
orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022. In 2012, United
was the first North American airline to take delivery of new Boeing 787
Dreamliner aircraft. 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 193 countries
via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S.
state and in countries around the world.For more information, visit
united.comor follow United on Twitterand Facebook. The common stock of
United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE
under the symbol UAL.
SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.
Contact: United Continental Holdings, Inc. Worldwide Media Relations,
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