United Airlines has placed a firm order for 30 Embraer 175 jets and optioned 40 more, potentially taking United’s firm order to a total of 70 aircraft. If United Airlines exercises all 40 options, the order has an estimated value of $2.9 billion at current list prices, according to Embraer.

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The airline is introducing United Global First, its new international first-class service on three-cabin aircraft; and United BusinessFirst, its international business-class service on two- and three-cabin aircraft. United is also upgrading its premium-class food, in-flight entertainment and amenities.

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United Airlines is launching daily year-round service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Honolulu on June 7, the only non-stop service between the two points.

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With the reconfiguration, the aircraft have 16 flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst, 45 seats in Economy Plus and 108 in Economy. The 757-200 reconfiguration project, which began in late November, outfitted 41 aircraft with a total of 1,845 Economy Plus seats.

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he first Continental Airlines aircraft with the Economy Plus seating pioneered by sister carrier United Airlines will enter service on November 19, offering Continental passengers four inches of extra legroom in the forward rows of the Economy cabin.

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Coninental Airlines is inaugurating on November 16 the first daily scheduled passenger service between Texas and Africa, with a new nonstop flight between Houston and Lagos in Nigeria. Continental is operating the service with Boeing 777-200ERs.

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Fort Lauderdale-based Gulfstream International Airlines will deploy all six Saab 340Bplus turboprops on its intra-Florida and Florida-Bahamas routes, replacing smaller, 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft.

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The re-branding of United’s Red Carpet Club and Continental’s Presidents Club lounges marks a further step in the integration of the two airlines’ products and services to provide a more consistent travel experience for customers, according to United Continental Holdings.

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The Boeing 737-800 played a key role in testing and certifying the performance improvement package now available as the standard specification for production Next-Generation 737s.

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United Continental Holdings, Inc. is converting to paperless flight decks by issuing 11,000 iPads to all United Airlines and Continental Airlines pilots for use as electronic flight bags, replacing paper flight manuals and aeronautical navigational charts.

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United Continental Holdings says it will invest more than $500 million dollars in its on-board service product in addition to the 25 new aircraft – among them some Boeing 787s – that the airline will introduce to its fleet next year.

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United Airlines launches daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Guadalajara, Mexico on May 3. The service is being operated by Continental Airlines, United’s sister carrier.

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United Airlines has commemorated its 85th anniversary by unveiling an Airbus A320 painted in the airline’s 1970s-era “Friend Ship” livery at an employee celebration at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

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Star Alliance members Continental Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines have started codesharing on flights between select destinations in the United States and Europe.

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Continental Airlines plans to offer the service on more than 200 U.S. domestic Boeing 737s and 757s equipped with DirecTV, providing onboard connectivity and more than 95 channels of live television programming to customers flying within the continental United States.

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United Continental Holdings, Inc. has expanded its mobile check-in and mobile boarding-pass service to United Airlines customers traveling on international itineraries.

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United Continental Holdings has decided to retain United’s Economy Plus premium-economy seating on United flights and expand Economy Plus seating to Continental’s aircraft beginning in 2012.

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Continental Airlines will begin nonstop flights between its New York-area hub Newark Liberty International Airport and Haiti’s capital Port-Au-Prince on June 9, subject to government approval.

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United Continental Holdings carrier Continental Airlines plans to launch daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Guadalajara, Mexico beginning May 3, subject to Mexican government approval.

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