SAN FRANCISCO, May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — United Airlines today will welcome local business and community leaders to Gate 85 at San Francisco International Airport to celebrate the launch of the airline’s new daily service between San Francisco and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Guests will include representatives from the California Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, the San Francisco Travel Association and the Bay Area Council.

With the launch of the new service, United will become the first airline to connect the Bay Area with Washington’s downtown close-in airport.

San Francisco Mayor’s Office of International Trade and Commerce Director Mark Chandler and United Managing Director of Western Region Sales Anthony Toth will address the customers and other dignitaries, including special guests George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. United will decorate the gate in red, white and blue bunting and provide entertainment and traditional American food, including baked apple pie and cherry cobbler.

“We are delighted today to celebrate our expanded service between San Francisco and Washington,” said Anthony Toth. “We provide travelers in San Francisco with more flights to more destinations than any other airline in the world.”

“San Francisco welcomes United’s new nonstop service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “United, as one of the Bay Area’s largest employers and the largest airline to operate out of SFO, plays a significant role in developing economic opportunities and creating jobs for our city.”

“United’s new nonstop service to our nation’s capital will benefit California’s economic recovery and greatly improve access to our federal officials,” said Allan Zaremberg, president and chief executive officer of the California Chamber of Commerce.

Immediately following the celebration, customers will board the inaugural flight to Washington Reagan, operated using a Boeing 737-700 aircraft and scheduled to depart San Francisco at 1 p.m.

United operates more than 300 flights from San Francisco and serves more than 60 airports across the United States, including those in top business travel markets in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston. From San Francisco International Airport – United’s principal trans-Pacific gateway – the airline offers more than 30 daily nonstop flights to nearly 20 international destinations, including markets in Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.

United will reinstate seasonal nonstop service to Anchorage, Alaska; Bozeman, Mont.; and Missoula, Mont. on June 7. United will also launch new service from San Francisco to Jackson Hole, Wyo. on July 1 and to Raleigh, N.C. on Aug. 14.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,605 flights a day to 374 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 m ainline 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 u! nder the symbol UAL.

SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.

Company Codes: NYSE:UAL

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