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United’s Ted to Fly Out of Chicago

March 23, 2004

CHICAGO (AP) _ A month after taking off in leisure markets in the Sun Belt, Ted is about to arrive in parent United Airlines’ home city.

United announced Tuesday that its new low-fare carrier will begin operating May 24 out of Chicago with multiple daily flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa, Fla. Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, when fares for the flights out of O’Hare International Airport also will be disclosed on Ted’s Web site.

``Chicago is a crucial market for United, since it is our largest and busiest hub,″ said Pete McDonald, United’s executive vice president of operations. ``It is important that we offer our Chicago customers our full portfolio of product offerings, and of course that includes Ted.″

Ted, which is based in Denver, began flying Feb. 12 in a challenge to discount carriers such as Denver-based Frontier Airlines that have been taking away United customers. Sean Donohue, vice president of Ted, said the airline-within-an-airline is running ahead of initial forecasts in bookings and filled a better-than-expected 82 percent of its seats in its first month.

Ted flights out of O’Hare will be on 156-seat Airbus A320s, including a 66-seat ``Economy Plus″ section with four inches of additional leg room per seat.

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On the Net:

www.flyted.com

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