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Travelers arriving and departing at Newark Liberty today will join United employees in an anniversary celebration
between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the upper level United Airlines ticket counter, where customers will have opportunities to earn prizes, travel discounts and bonus
MileagePlus miles, and see the airline's new uniforms for the first time. The airline is also setting up a temporary exhibit during the two-hour period demonstrating how air travel has evolved since 1988.
"We are pleased to celebrate United's long history at our
Newark hub - a premier global gateway and a powerful economic engine," said
Jeff Smisek, United's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We continue to make investments in our terminal facilities, our services and our people to ensure United's Terminal C remains a great place for our customers and co-workers."
"Thanks to the Port Authority's strong partnership with United, Newark Liberty has become not only a world-class airport but also an important driver of economic growth, jobs and development for the entire region," said Port Authority Chairman
David Samson. "The continued investment in Newark Liberty's facilities will ensure that the airport, and Terminal C specifically, remains a modern, premier gateway for travelers."
As part of the event, Smisek will outline the airline's plans for further investments at Terminal C, including:
a redesign of the airline's check-in facilities
installation in gate areas of flight-information displays that offer customers more detailed information about their flights
construction of a widebody maintenance hangar that economic development officials anticipate will drive $52 million in economic activity in the region
a new checked-baggage screening system.
Nearly two dozen United pilots, flight attendants, customer service agents and ramp workers will participate in an in-terminal fashion show that will debut the new uniforms that United employees worldwide will wear beginning on June 25. This is the first time that all employees at the new United will wear the same uniforms.
Buddy Valastro, co-owner of the Hoboken, N.J. bakery Carlo's Bakery and star of the TLC program "Cake Boss," will join the program to present a cake made specifically for the occasion.
At 1:15 p.m., the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to fly from any of the three New York-area airports since the aircraft re-entered service will depart for Houston.
This afternoon, United will send photos of iconic locations throughout Manhattan via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, meeting up with the company's friends and followers in social media.
United in New York/ Newark: The Hub for Wall Street
With more than 13,000 local employees, United is the
New York area's largest airline, offering more flights and more seats from the region to more destinations around the world than any other airline in history.
Since the first flight from Terminal C - the
6:15 a.m. departure of Continental flight 839 to
Denver from gate 72 on the morning of
May 22, 1988 - flights to and from the facility have enabled investment and economic development for the
New York metropolitan area, including
Newark. In 1988, Continental offered service to 57 airports from Newark Airport. United today offers more than 400 flights each day from Newark Liberty to more than 150 destinations in North and
Middle East and
New York-area travelers more flights and more destinations via United and United Express than any other airline.
Newark Liberty's location and rail links make it the most convenient hub airport for travelers originating in north and central
New Jersey, parts of
New York City including Wall Street, and southern
New York State.
The airline also offers
New York-area travelers more flat beds in premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy seats than any other airline. In addition, the airline boasts:
the most saver-style award seats for frequent flyers among the largest U.S. global carriers, according to the 4 th annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey published this month by IdeaWorksCompany.
Terminal C History
In 1985, People Express Airlines and the Port Authority agreed to remodel the existing Terminal C facility. After its 1987 mergers with People Express and New York Air, which itself had a large
Newark presence, Continental Airlines completed the terminal redevelopment project in conjunction with the Port Authority.
In 2001, Continental opened the Global Gateway, a
$3.8 billion public-private partnership. The centerpiece of that project was the third concourse in Terminal C, "C-3," designed to be bright and airy with gates constructed to enable international travelers to arrive at Terminal C - rather than solely at Terminal B - adding convenience and quicker connections.
The Global Gateway also introduced the only rail station at a
New York-area airport located in close proximity to the terminals, enabling Newark Liberty travelers direct AirTrain rail access to
New York City's Pennsylvania Station,
New York State,
Continental and the Port Authority also outfitted Terminal C with new roadways, parking garages, expanded electronic ticketing facilities, new terminal designs to facilitate more efficient security screening and an automated baggage handling system.