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BRIEF-United Continental comments at conference
June 4, 2014 / 6:40 PM / 3 years ago

BRIEF-United Continental comments at conference

June 4 (Reuters) - United Continental Holdings Inc : * Speaking to Deutsche Bank conference that was broadcast over Internet, carrier says it wants to improve earnings and reduce debt prior to returning capital to

shareholders * CEO Jeff Smisek says there is no pilot shortage at mainline carriers, adds the difficulty is

with some regional partners * Smisek says he believes U.S. rules on pilot rest and experience will result

in ‘smaller regional carriers’ over time. He also says he expects small cities to lose air service. * Says China is still profitable despite competitive pressures

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