Release #09.UAL7
December 8, 2009

For Immediate Release

United Pilots ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About UAL Widebody Order

Chicago, Ill.--The pilots of United Airlines are cautiously optimistic about the airline’s announcement of a widebody order that includes 25 Boeing 787s and 25 Airbus 350s.

“Though we are pleased that United has finally placed an aircraft order, it is delayed gratification,” said Captain Steve Wallach, chairman of the United Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots Association. “For years, we have asked United to make a commitment to our airline’s future. At long last, they have taken one step in the right direction.

“It should be pointed out, however, that this widebody order is for replacement aircraft and not growth aircraft.”

United Airlines recently retired six Boeing 747s and 94 Boeing 737s, resulting in more than 1,400 pilots losing their jobs.

“United still needs to address its domestic, narrowbody fleet mix. Currently there is no United solution for recapturing previously lost domestic market share, revenue, or passengers,” said Captain Wallach. “There still remains a significant gap in the 70 – 120 seat range. The pilots of United Airlines are dependent on those growth opportunities and remain willing to work with United to regain the airline’s preeminence.”

Dave Kelly