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United Celebrates 15 Years ex-Ireland Service

United Celebrates 15 Years ex-Ireland Service

Top agents were invited to lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel yesterday to celebrate United’s 15 years of service from Dublin and Shannon to New York – and today brings the inaugural flight from Shannon to Chicago O’Hare, the five times weekly service operating until 27thAugust.

Hosting United’s 15-years celebrations were James Mueller, Vice President Atlantic and Pacific Sales; Yvonne Muldoon, Sales Manager Ireland; and Bob Schumacher, Managing Director UK & Ireland Worldwide Sales

James Mueller, Vice President Atlantic and Pacific Sales, and Bob Schumacher, Managing Director UK & Ireland Worldwide Sales, were in Dublin to welcome the airline’s guests, along with Sales Manager Ireland Yvonne Muldoon and her team.

Bob Schumacher, after recalling the time 15 years ago when the Shannon stopover existd and aviation fuel was cheap (!), said that sales relationships were important in the airline business “and these are done particularly well by the United team in Ireland”.

Martin Joyce, Sports International; Lisa Whelan, Carlson Wagonlit Travel; and Dominic Burke, Travel Centres

Jim Mueller reflected on what people 15 years ago might have predicted for today: “electronic ticketing – yes; mobile phone boarding passes – no; oil at $100 a barrel – no!” Looking to the future, he said: “One has to be an optimist in the travel business and I am always an optimist. This is an exciting time for United with new products, services, and routes. Whatever happens in the next 15 years, we will remain committed to partnerships and you agents will remain a central part of our plans.”

Ann Bailey, Atlas Travel; Ben Redmond, GoHop.ie; Martin Hannigan, American Holidays; and Pat Reede, United

Bebi Gaidoni, BCD Travel, with Yvonne Muldoon, United

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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