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Ahead of the Bell: United Airlines


NEW YORK (AP) — United Airlines will find out Wednesday if investors are as disgruntled as some of its passengers after a computer system failure delayed at least 200 flights.

The glitch was the latest in a line of technical issues that have plagued the company since it merged its systems with Continental in March. The two airlines combined in 2010.

Besides delayed flights, United's website shut down for about two-and-a-half hours. United cancelled a number of flights, but it wasn't clear those were a direct result of the outage.

United stopped sending planes to its Newark, N.J., and San Francisco for a time, too. Delays and cancellations led to lines at some ticket counters of hundreds of people.

Flight tracking service FlightAware said United cancelled about 60 flights Tuesday and has cancelled about 30 so far on Wednesday. The airline said most of those were because of Hurricane Isaac. It said the computer outage forced it to cancel eight flights on Tuesday and one more on Wednesday, all of them United Express flights operated by partners.

United said it wouldn't charge its customers for trying to rebook because of the system mishap.

Shares of United Continental Holdings Inc., based in Chicago, closed Tuesday at $18.52. Shares have traded between $15.51 and $25.84 over the past year.


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