CHICAGO, IL (August 14, 2008) – Travel to Asia is getting more enjoyable and relaxing with United’s international, lie-flat first- and business-class seats, taking off today for the first flight to the region with a newly-configured Boeing 747. The aircraft will also feature iPod connectivity, enabling customers in the front cabins to enjoy their own videos on a 15.4-inch personal television screen.

United flight #869 from San Francisco is scheduled to depart today at 1:12 p.m. PDT for a 13-hour and 48-minute flight to Hong Kong, arriving at 6:00 p.m. local time Friday. The aircraft will continue on as United flight #895 with a scheduled departure at 8:00 p.m. on August 15 and arrival in Singapore at 11:35 p.m. The plane will primarily fly between San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

“Trans-Pacific travel just got even better for United customers, who will now have more ways to relax on long flights,” said Graham Atkinson, United Airlines, executive vice president and chief customer officer. “Today’s flight marks another milestone in United’s continuing commitment to invest in products and services that provide our customers with a more enjoyable travel experience.”

Customers in United First and United Business on the newly-reconfigured aircraft may enjoy more than 150 hours of movies and television shows on-demand; relax with fully lie-flat seats; and dine on appetizers and entrees designed by world-renowned chef Charlie Trotter on outbound US flights. United’s entire fleet of international, widebody aircraft are being reconfigured over the next two years and will include iPod connectivity in first and business class.

United was the first major US carrier to introduce lie-flat business class seats in November 2007.