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Machinist union reaches tentative pact with United Airlines

Chicago-based carrier United Airlines said it has reached tentative agreements on new joint collective bargaining agreements with the International Association of Machinists for the fleet service passenger service and storekeeper workgroups at its United Continental Continental Micronesia and MileagePlus subsidiaries.

United and the IAM said they reached these agreements with the assistance of the National Mediation Board, and the agreements are subject to ratification by IAM members.

The agreements cover more than 28,000 United employees.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,341 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly 2m flights carrying 140m customers.

In 2013, United will continue to modernise its fleet by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing (NYSE: BA) aircraft. The company expanded its global route network in 2012, launching nine new international and 18 new domestic routes.

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