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LUFTHANSA AND UNITED PLAN JOINT SERVICE

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The German airline Lufthansa and United Airlines will begin joint service with flights from Frankfurt to Atlanta and Chicago under a new cooperation agreement.

Under the agreement, made possible by the U.S.-German Air Treaty signed earlier this year, Lufthansa and United plan to offer 40 joint flights daily.The link between the two airlines grants Lufthansa access to 12 new destinations in the United States, including Atlanta, New Orleans and Orlando, while United receives direct access to eight additional German cities.

Together both airlines offer some 400 destinations on five continents with more than 3,000 daily flights.

Lufthansa, currently a state-owned national airline, is to be fully privatized by 1995, the German government said earlier this month.

Lufthansa had 1993 after tax Group losses of 92 million German marks ($56 million), down from a 391 million mark ($238 million) loss in 1992.