United Airlines Extends Newark Agreement, Commits $150M in Further Investment
at Region's Largest Hub
20-YEAR LEASE EXTENSION TO DRIVE $150 MILLION IN FACILITY INVESTMENTS
NEW CATERING FACILITY, BAGGAGE SYSTEM COMING WITH FACILITY UPGRADES
AIRLINE CONTINUES CONSTRUCTION OF WIDEBODY MAINTENANCE HANGAR
NEWARK, N.J., April 8, 2013
NEWARK, N.J., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --United Airlines and the Port
Authority of New York & New Jersey have signed a 20-year lease extension
through which United will maintain its significant presence at Newark Liberty
International Airport and make further investments to ensure the airport
remains one of the country's premier global gateways.
United and the United Express carriers will continue their exclusive use of
Terminal C and will continue to operate flights at Terminals A and B.
Additionally, the airline will invest $150 million in ongoing improvements
throughout the term of the lease. While Terminal C is already one of the
nation's most modern international terminals, United will further develop its
concourse areas and improve baggage handling.
"As the largest airline in New Jersey and New York and one of Newark's largest
employers, United is committed to Newark Liberty as a model of customer
service, convenience and efficiency," said Jeff Smisek, United chairman,
president and chief executive officer. "Our partnership with the Port
Authority and the investments United will make will ensure Liberty's place as
the region's leading domestic and international airport for decades to come."
United is the New York area's largest airline, with more flights and more
seats from the region to more destinations around the world than any other
airline. The airline also offers New York-area travelers more flat beds in
premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy seats than any other airline.
From Newark Liberty, United offers more than 400 flights daily to more than
150 destinations in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Its location and rail links make Newark Liberty the most convenient major
airport for travelers originating in north and central New Jersey, parts of
New York City and southern New York State. With more than 13,000 Newark-based
employees, United connects the region to more of the world than any other
"United Airlines is a critical partner to New Jersey and the Port Authority,''
said N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. "This long-term commitment that United is
showing to Newark will help us create jobs and continue our economic
"Thanks to the Port Authority's strong partnership with United, Newark Liberty
has become not only a world-class airport but also an important driver of
economic growth, jobs and development for the entire region," said Port
Authority Chairman David Samson. "The continued investment in Newark Liberty's
facilities will ensure that the airport, and Terminal C specifically, remains
a modern, premier gateway for travelers."
"United Airlines is a leading anchor not just for Newark Liberty Airport, but
for the economic growth of New Jersey," said Port Authority Deputy Executive
Director Bill Baroni. "Our partnership with United Airlines is a model for the
entire Airport community. United is a company with great corporate values and
a real commitment to the people of New Jersey and New York."
"The City of Newark is enjoying an incredible revitalization, and the support
of our partners at United is critical to the growth of our great city," said
Newark Mayor Cory Booker. "We have ambitious plans, as Newark is a model of
urban development and renewal, and the commitment of United and its employees
is an integral part of bringing that development to fruition."
"United's long-time presence and investments at Newark Liberty International
Airport have had a significant and positive impact on economic growth within
the City of Elizabeth and in the region," said Elizabeth, N.J., Mayor Chris
Bollwage. "We are committed to enabling further growth in the decades to
United Investments at Newark Hub
Since 1981, United and its predecessor carriers with Newark hubs – Continental
and People Express – have built on a commitment nearly three decades old to
expand and modernize Newark Liberty and establish a hub operation that would
attract passenger revenue and economic growth to the region. That commitment
was the first of any major airline at the New York-area airports.
In 1985, People Express joined with the Port Authority to complete the
construction of Terminal C, a project which Continental acquired following its
1987 merger with People Express.
In 2001, Continental's Global Gateway initiative, a $3.8 billion
public-private partnership, brought new AirTrain rail connections – the New
York area's only on-airport rail connection with direct access to New York's
Penn Station and the northeast corridor – along with new roadways, parking
garages, expanded electronic ticketing facilities, new terminal designs to
facilitate more efficient security screening and an automated baggage handling
Since 2010, United has invested in its facilities at Liberty to improve
customer service and co-worker experience.
The airline broke ground in January 2013 on a new widebody maintenance hangar
at Liberty, a $35 million investment that economic development officials say
will create 200 jobs and generate $12 million in wages and $52 million in
economic activity before its completion, scheduled for year-end.
United continues to work in conjunction with the Transportation Security
Administration on a $100 million "in-line" baggage-screening system that, upon
completion by year-end, will speed the movement of checked bags between the
check-in counter and United aircraft.
The airline also is designing a new $65 million catering facility at Liberty.
United's Airport Facility Improvements
United and its airport partners are investing more than $1 billion in
improvements to United's airport facilities worldwide.
In addition to the widebody maintenance hangar under construction at Liberty,
United broke ground in October 2012 on a $45 million widebody maintenance
facility at Washington Dulles International Airport, a major United hub and
gateway to Europe and the Middle East.
At Terminal B at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, where later
this month United will open the first phase of an extensive terminal
renovation project, the airline is redesigning the seat layout in the gate
areas, offering electric power at nearly two-thirds of the seats and space for
carry-on baggage. The airline is similarly retrofitting its gate areas in
Terminal 2 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport later in 2013.
Approximately one-third of United and United Express flights operate to and
from Houston Bush and Chicago O'Hare.
United Club Lounges
On Dec. 21, 2012, United unveiled its new airport lounge concept with the
grand reopening of the airline's United Club lounge in Terminal 2 at Chicago
O'Hare Airport. 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.
United is spending more than $50 million in 2013 to renovate several of the
airline's 51 United Club locations.
United is also investing in facilities for co-workers to offer them more
comfort during breaks and enable them to deliver better service to customers.
The airline anticipates completing in May an extensive renovation of
breakrooms at Washington Dulles for co-workers in customer service, ramp
operations and technical operations. The renovations include new furniture,
appliances and durable flooring and wall coverings. United plans to begin
similar renovations this year at Chicago O'Hare and later at its other U.S.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,472 flights a day
to 381 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express
carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and
operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is
investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats
in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any
airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based
international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas
routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on nearly 200 aircraft, offering
customers more live television access than any other airline in the world.
United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale
investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet
by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company
expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new
international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded
United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global
Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent
flyer program for nine consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star
Alliance, which provides service to 194 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.com 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.
SOURCE United Airlines
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