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United Airlines chief to return to work in Q1 2016

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United Airlines chief executive Oscar Munoz, who suffered a heart attack last month, plans to return to work in the first quarter of 2016, the parent company said Thursday.

[NEW YORK] United Airlines chief executive Oscar Munoz, who suffered a heart attack last month, plans to return to work in the first quarter of 2016, the parent company said Thursday.

United Continental Holdings released a letter from Mr Munoz to United employees announcing his plans.

"I am excited to tell you that I am on the road to recovery," Mr Munoz said.

"My time away will be a little longer than I would like, but based upon discussion with my doctors I will be back in the first quarter."

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Mr Munoz has been on leave since October 16 after suffering a heart attack the prior day. On October 19, United Continental appointed general counsel Brett Hart as acting chief executive.

Mr Munoz was named CEO of United Continental on September 8 after the surprise ouster of Jeff Smisek linked to a federal investigation into allegedly inappropriate dealings with the New York regional transportation authority. Two other top executives also resigned.

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