United Airlines to expand operations, increase 1,300 jobs at home

Xinhua English
June 11, 2011

By Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — The United Airlines will expand its operations and increase 1,300 new jobs in its domestic services, local officials said.

“I’m most pleased with this because Chicago is an aviation leader,” said Rahm Emanuel, new mayor of Chicago, in an appearance with United Airlines President and CEO Jeff Smisek at the airlines’ new headquarters at Willis (formerly Sears) Tower.

“It (Chicago) is one of the most important cities in the world and in the area of aviation, which is a growing sector in this country and growing sector in the world,” said Emanuel, who vowed to keep Chicago’s position as a global aviation hub.

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