May 20, 2011
United Airlines is apologizing Thursday for briefly reusing the flight numbers of its planes that were hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.
United had assigned flights 93 and 175 to flights on Continental Airlines, which it merged with last year. After being criticized by the flight attendants and pilots unions, United said quickly that the numbers were assigned by mistake.
“We regret these flight numbers were inadvertently reinstated,” United said it a statement it also tweeted. “We apologize and are taking immediate steps to remove them.”