- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It will be another year before United and Continental are really one airline. For now, they’re trying to make it easier for travelers to navigate them separately.

On Wednesday, kiosks at 83 airports began allowing travelers to check in for flights on either airline. And at Chicago O’Hare, signs with United’s old logo came down, replaced by United’s name with Continental’s blue globe.

United Continental Holdings Inc. has owned both airlines since October. It’s merging them into a single airline flying under the United name, which will be the biggest in the world.

On May 1 both airlines got the same menu for food purchases in coach, although passengers will have to wait before both serve the same beer and coffee. And repainting of planes is about 40 percent complete.