United Airlines and Continental Airlines on Friday announced the closing of the legal merger of the two carriers, which for the time being will operate separately under a single holding company, United Continental Holdings. UCH replaces UAL Corp. as the parent company of United and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the UAL symbol. Speaking to reporters on a conference call Friday morning, UCH President and CEO Jeff Smisek (ATW Daily News, July 28) said he expects the ...

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