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United executives hit Denver

The Associated Press

DENVER ó United Airlines chief executive Glenn Tilton and several top executives from the struggling airline traveled to Denver Wednesday as part of the management teamís tour of key operations.

United, the dominant carrier at Denver International Airport, has about 7,500 employees in Colorado.

United filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December. In the past two weeks, Tilton has been discussing Unitedís new business plan and addressing employee concerns in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Tilton, 54, joined United in September.

Joining Tilton on the trip were Doug Hacker, executive vice president of strategy; Pete McDonald, executive vice president of operations; and Rosemary Moore, senior vice president of government and corporate affairs.

Employees have expressed opposition to the companyís plans to launch a separate, discount carrier as part of its reorganization plan. Tilton also faces opposition over his pay package.