November 19, 2003

United Airlines this week began selling tickets for its new, low-cost carrier, Ted. The discount service, which will compete directly with Frontier Airlines, will use a fleet of Airbus A320s, which seat up to 156 passengers each. Beginning in February 2004, the carrier will unroll service departing from Denver to Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Ontario (Calif.), Orlando, Phoenix, Reno and Tampa. Service also will be offered linking Las Vegas with San Francisco and Los Angeles; and San Francisco with Phoenix. By April 2004, the carrier will offer 106 daily flights. "We want everything about Ted to be a little bit unexpected, a little bit outside the norm," said one official. "Ted will reveal even more of its personality as we continue to add destinations and hubs."

Officials in Japan are discussing plans to build a new airport in Nagoya, the heart of nation's industrial and technological sectors. The Central Japan International Airport, which would open in February 2005, would service short-haul Asian routes and offer daily flights to Seoul and Shanghai. A full flight schedule is due to be released next winter.