UAL Corporation, the parent company whose primary subsidiary is United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAUA), announced today that its stockholders approved the merger of a wholly owned subsidiary of UAL with and into Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL), clearing the way for the merger to close by an expected date of Oct. 1. More than 98 percent of the votes cast and 84 percent of the shares outstanding were voted by UAL stockholders in favor of the transaction. More than 98 percent of the votes cast and 75 percent of the shares outstanding were voted by Continental stockholders in favor of the transaction.
“This vote is a significant step toward closing our merger with Continental, creating the world’s leading airline and the industry’s best network for our customers, a strong company that provides career opportunity for our people and an airline that can deliver return for our shareholders,” said Glenn Tilton, United chairman and CEO. “There is much work ahead as we bring these two companies together, pulling the best from both of our companies, and building on the work we have each done to strengthen our airlines.”
United and Continental announced an all-stock merger of equals on May 3, 2010. The companies have received clearance on the airlines’ proposed merger from the United States Department of Justice and the European Commission.
United Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UAL Corporation (Nasdaq: UAUA), operates approximately 3,300* flights a day on United and United Express to more than 230 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United also is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 1,077 destinations in 181 countries worldwide. United's 46,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. United ranked No. 1 in on-time performance for domestic scheduled flights for 2009 among America's five largest global carriers, as measured by the Department of Transportation and published in the Air Travel Consumer Report for 2009. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's Web site at united.com, and follow United on Twitter @UnitedAirlines.