United Continental To Get Single Operating Certificate

November 30, 2011

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United Continental, formed from the merger last year of United Airlines and Continental Airlines, will receive government approval on Wednesday to fly as a single carrier, the union representing pilots said.

"Continental and United will begin operating under a single operating certificate," Amy Flanagan, a spokeswoman for the Air Line Pilots Association, said in an email.

United declined to confirm the certificate would be awarded on Wednesday.

"We've completed all of the work for the single operating certificate. We've submitted to the FAA and we are waiting for the final certificate," said United Continental spokeswoman Megan McCarthy.

United bought Continental last year in a USD$3.17 billion all-stock deal to form United Continental. The two airlines continue to operate separately while they integrate operations.