HOUSTON, Jan. 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Airlines and OTG today announced plans to further expand the dining and retail experience in United’s Terminals at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The new concepts in Terminals C-South and E are expected to offer locally sourced ingredients to the two million United customers passing through each month.
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In addition to re-imagining the customer experience in United’s new C-North Terminal as previously announced, OTG will add eight additional new restaurants in Terminals C-South and E, all inspired by local Houston chefs and flavors. OTG’s award-winning flo® tech, featured across nearly 8,000 iPads situated at restaurants and gate lounges throughout all three terminals will also be seamlessly integrated into the customer experience. While C-North is slated to open in March 2017, these new plans for C-South and E are expected to be completed in the second half of 2017.
“We continue to improve the customer experience for travelers at our Houston hub,” said Gavin Molloy, United’s vice president of corporate real estate. “The additional dining and retail options planned for Terminals C-South and E, combined with the offerings we’ll feature in our brand-new Terminal C-North, will provide an unparalleled ‘taste of Houston’ for local travelers and visitors alike.”
“Our team at OTG has been working hard for months to bring Houston a re-imagined terminal experience at Bush Intercontinental,” said Rick Blatstein, OTG’s chief executive officer. “With the announcement of these expanded concepts, we are one step closer to making that a reality for Houston’s travelers.”
Chef-Led Dining with Distinctive Houston Flavor: Plans for the terminals include a variety of new dining venues with notable chefs developing the restaurant concepts and menus. They include:
More on these local chefs can be found here: http://bit.ly/2g6DTE8
Previously-announced venues to be located in the new C North Terminal planned to open in early 2017 include:
Innovative Design and Leading-Edge Technology:
As in Terminal C-North, Terminals C-South and E will feature innovative design by world-renowned architecture and design firm Rockwell Group. Their cutting-edge transformation of the dining and retail spaces will include “social media moments” to provide an eye catching backdrop for travelers to snap and share photos of their travel experience.
Renderings of the designs can be found here: http://bit.ly/2he2FHF
Nearly 8,000 iPads, equipped with OTG’s award-winning customer experience platform flo®, will accompany new forward-thinking concept designs, allowing customers to order food, retail and other amenities and have it delivered to their seat, whether within a restaurant or at their boarding gate.
United and OTG have collaborated to enhance benefits for United MileagePlus members at Bush Intercontinental as well, now enabling members to use award miles to purchase items at select CIBO Express Gourmet Markets.
OTG has already rolled out several new concepts across Terminals E, B-South and C-South, including two Tagliare’s, a World Nectar, Republic Grille and seven of OTG’s award-winning CIBO Express Gourmet Markets. The markets feature locally sourced and inspired items from small businesses throughout Houston and the surrounding area.
United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 720 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 21 new Boeing aircraft, including 737NGs, 787s and 777s, as well as six used Airbus A319 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
OTG is a high-growth company that is transforming the airport travel experience for millions of travelers every year. OTG combines world-class hospitality and award-winning cuisine with innovative design and state-of-the-art technology. OTG's restaurant concepts are complemented by the Company's tablet experience, which was the first of its kind in its industry. Since 1996, OTG has been redefining the guest experience in airports, transforming the way passengers interact with the terminal. The Company is currently one of the leading airport food and beverage operators in North America with more than 300 restaurant and retail locations across 10 airports.
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