United Airlines is reportedly the oldest commercial airline in the United States, traced back to the Varney Airlines airmail service of Walter Varney, whose first flight was on April 6, 1926. In 1927, airplane pioneer William Boeing founded his own airline, Boeing Air Transport, and began buying other airmail carriers, including Varney Airlines. Within four years, Boeing's holdings grew to include airlines, airplanes and parts manufacturing companies, and several airports. In 1929, the company changed its name to United Aircraft - Transport Corp. In, 1930, when the capacity of airplanes proved sufficient, passengers were also transported, apart from airmail.
After the Air Mail Scandal of 1930, the Air Mail Act of 1934 in the United States banned the common ownership of airplane manufacturers and airlines. William Boeing's company was broken into three: a parts supplier (the future United Technologies), an aircraft manufacturer (the Boeing Airplane Company), and an airline group-United Airlines.
Expansion into a national carrier: United Airlines' early routes were formed by air mail routes, and operated north-and-south along the West Coast, and east-to-west from San Francisco via Denver, Colorado to Chicago in the Midwest and on to Washington, DC. These cities were the major United Airlines hubs, and still exist today as such.
During World War II United Airlines' trained ground crews modified airplanes for use as bombers, and transported mail, material, and troops in the war effort. Post-war United benefited from both the wartime development of new airplane technologies (like the pressurized cabin which permitted planes to fly above the weather) and a boom in customer demand for air travel. This was also the period in which Pan American Airways established a Tokyo hub and revived its Pacific route system that would later be acquired by United.
United Airlines merged with Capital Airlines on June 1, 1961, and became the world's largest commercial airline, and gave it a route network covering the entire United States. In 1968 the company reorganized, creating UAL Corporation, with United Airlines as a completely owned subsidiary. United Airlines had begun to seek overseas routes in the 1960s; however the Transpacific Route Case (1969) denied it this expansion. United Airlines did not gain an overseas route until 1983, when it began flights to Tokyo from Portland and Seattle. In 1985, United Airlines agreed to purchase Pan American World Airways' entire Pacific Division, and by the end of 1986, United operated flights to 13 Pacific destinations.
In May 1981, 1 week after rival American Airlines launched Advantage - the first frequent flyer program - United launched its own, Mileage Plus.
United Airlines Flight Schedule & Inflight Services
United Airlines has flights across a wide range of destinations, departing at convenient times. Click here for a quick view of the schedule of all the United Airlines flights.
United Airlines In Flight Services
United Airlines' in-flight entertainment and dining is multi-award winning, and offers many amenities. Services and facilities include: feature films, television programmes, music (XM Satellite Radio), games, and applications. There are entertainment devices such as headphones and handsets. There is also in-flight communication, with a satellite phone service. Various amenities are also provided, such as high quality pens and pads, and laptop power is also provided.
United Airlines has excellent dining services, and has various types of cuisines, with world-class restaurant chefs preparing the food. Special religious-conforming meals are also available, as well as vegetarian meals and special meals for children.
United Airlines also has an excellent in-flight shopping service called SkyMall, which brings you the best the world has to offer at bargain rates. Duty free shopping is also available.
UNITED AIRLINES DESTINATIONS
United Airlines flies to over 128 destinations in 27 countries on 5 continents. Below is a list of these destinations
Ho Chi Minh City
San José del Cabo
Phoenix / Scottsdale
Santa Ana, Orange County
Gunnison / Crested Butte
Montrose / Telluride (seasonal)
Hartford / Springfield
Tampa Bay Area
West Palm Beach
Cincinnati, Ohio suburbs
Minneapolis / Saint Paul
Greensboro / High Point / Winston-Salem
Salt Lake City
Washington, D.C. suburbs
Rio de Janeiro
United Airlines News
On November 14, 2007, Pardus Capital Management LP, a hedge fund that owns 7 million shares of Delta and 5.6 million shares of United, called for the two carriers to merge. This action sent shares of both airlines up. However, the two airlines quickly denied official talks of any merger.
On February 19, 2008, Westin Hotels & Resorts announced a refreshed partnership with United where Westin will provide products from their Heavenly Bed line on certain routes later this year.
On April 28, 2008, United and US Airways reportedly were in advanced merger talks, after it was announced that Continental, another prospective merger partner, would not pursue acquisition of United. Reports indicate that US Airways' strong cash position puts it in a good position to acquire United.