UAL Corporation has completed its merger with Continental Airlines, Inc. to form United Continental Holdings, Inc., and Continental Airlines and United Airlines are now wholly owned subsidiaries of that company.

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The mechanics of Continental’s terminal move at MCO see its ticketing and check-in counter relocating to Terminal B on September 22. Continental’s gates at Orlando International then move from Airside 1 to Airside 3 on September 23.

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United Airlines’ and Continental Airlines’ respective shareholders voted on September 17 to approve the merger of a wholly owned subsidiary of United’s parent UAL Corporation into Continental, allowing the merger of the two airlines to go ahead by October 1.

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Continental Airlines has agreed to lease Southwest Airlines 36 take-off and landing slots at Newark Liberty International Airport which are currently held by Continental, in a deal that is contingent upon the merger of Continental Airlines and United Airlines being completed by November 30.

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United Airlines and Continental Airlines have revealed refinements to the visual branding for the huge new carrier that would result from the proposed merger between the two airlines.

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Should the merger be concluded, SkyWest, Inc. will own airlines that operate just under 700 aircraft – all but 48 of them jets – and SkyWest will be by far the biggest regional airline group in the world.

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The European Commission noted its investigation found the proposed transaction would not raise any specific concerns in Europe or in the transalantic market.

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United Airlines is upping its weekend United Express service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport, Florida to a daily flight from November 4. The service will be operated by ExpressJet with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets.

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United Airlines has become the 33rd customer for the Airbus A350XWB by signing a firm order for 25 A350-900s, formalizing a commitment originally announced in December 2009.

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United Airlines has finalized an order for 25 Boeing 787-8s, the deal also including purchase rights another 50 Dreamliners.

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ExpressJet Holdings’ final agreement with United Airlines for ExpressJet Airlines to operate Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets on United Express service has added 10 aircraft to the 22 ERJ-145s that United originally agreed with ExpressJet on November 16, 2009.

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United Airlines, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Continental Airlines have applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for antitrust immunity to enable the three airlines to create a transpacific joint venture.

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A group of 15 airlines has signed groundbreaking memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with two different U.S. producers ― AltAir Fuels LLC and Rentech, Inc. ― for a future supply of alternative aviation fuel.

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United Airlines is beginning daily seasonal service between Chicago and Italy’s capital Rome on May 1, 2010. The daily flight will operate through the peak summer travel season, ending on August 31, 2010.

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Members of United Airlines’ and Continental Airlines’ frequent flyer programs who have earned elite status will receive unlimited, complimentary domestic upgrades on flights operated by both airlines when space is available.

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ExpressJet Airlines will operate 22 Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets under the United Express brand from May 2010.

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Using 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s, SkyWest Airlines will operate United Express Service between Chicago O’Hare and Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Hancock/Houghton, Michigan; Muskegon, Michigan; and Paducah, Kentucky.

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United Airlines has partnered with well-known fashion designer Cynthia Rowley to create new uniforms for its employees for use from 2011.

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United Airlines will inaugurate its first-ever service to Africa in 2010, as well as extending its existing daily Washington Dulles-Kuwait flight to include Bahrain and offering a new non-stop flight between Chicago and Brussels.

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