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SOURCE United Airlines
"Flyer-friendly" is "user-friendly" for today's customers
New ads express United's advances in network, fleet, product, service and customer technology
CHICAGO, Sept. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today debuts its new brand campaign, featuring the iconic "Fly the Friendly Skies" tagline, reinterpreted for today's travelers.
The new campaign, United's biggest in more than a decade, is based on feedback from customers that "user-friendly" today means the combination of service, technology and product enhancements. United has designed its investments in its global route network, new aircraft, onboard features, customer service and digital channels to be "flyer-friendly."
The new television commercials and print ads are available at www.united.com/flyerfriendly.
"'Flyer-friendly' resonated in feedback from our customers and co-workers," said Tom O'Toole, United's senior vice president of marketing and loyalty and president of MileagePlus. "Our new brand campaign expresses the customer focus of all of United's investments."
The new campaign includes network, cable and spot television, radio, magazine, newspaper, out-of-home and digital advertising, plus social media. All of the United co-workers shown in the advertising are actual United employees.
The new television commercials feature Gershwin's classic "Rhapsody in Blue," the musical score for United since 1987, and are narrated by actor Matt Damon. They begin airing nationally on Sunday – including during NFL football, the PGA Tour Championship and the Emmy Awards – and continue throughout the week during the prime-time premieres of popular network shows like "Modern Family" and "Saturday Night Live."
The first television spot, Orchestra, introduces "flyer-friendly" and features musicians playing "Rhapsody in Blue" while seated on a United aircraft. The spot showcases the space available in United BusinessFirst and United Economy Plus and in the airline's enlarged overhead bins, while spotlighting United co-workers in the cockpit and the cabin.
A second spot, Taxi, shows drivers taking United customers to various airports around the world, displaying the breadth of United's global route network.
A third, Built Around You, shows the features of United's cabins – extra-legroom Economy Plus seating, flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst, in-seat power and seat-back in-flight entertainment – being configured around customers on board.
The fourth, Satellite, highlights the company's global satellite Wi-Fi now on many aircraft and rolling out fleetwide, which offers customers access to in-flight Internet connectivity over the oceans and almost anywhere in the world where United flies.
Print, Radio, Outdoor, Digital and Social Media
In addition to the television advertising, the campaign features:
The campaign will also be visible across United's sponsorship portfolio, including the 12 NFL teams United flies, the New York Marathon and the professional basketball and hockey teams the airline sponsors.
Each ad relates a United product or service feature to the word "friendly" – such as legroom-friendly, nonstop-friendly, and Wi-Fi-friendly – demonstrating how United delivers flyer-friendly options in many forms.
United developed the campaign with its global creative agency McGarryBowen. Horizon Media, Inc. managed the media investment.
Product & Service Investments
Since 2010, United has been delivering on its promise to build the world's leading airline, investing in its aircraft, airport facilities, reliability and customer service. The airline has:
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,341 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on 200 aircraft, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for nine consecutive years. According to the 4th annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey published by IdeaWorksCompany in May 2013, United has the most saver-style award-seat availability among the largest U.S. global airlines. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 28 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
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