United Airlines is a major U.S. airline headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings (formerly UAL Corporation) and the world’s largest airline in terms of scheduled passenger-kilometers flown. The airline was founded in 1926 as Varney Air Lines; it was renamed Boeing Air Transport in 1927 after it was acquired by aircraft manufacturer Boeing. United became an independent company in 1934, merging with Capital Airlines in 1961, and again with Continental Airlines in 2011.
United is a founding member of the Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance in the world, and offers connections to over 1,000 destinations in over 170 countries on six continents. United operates 706 aircraft out of ten international hubs, the largest of which is George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.As of October 2012, the airline employs 88,253 people and is headed by Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Smisek.
United Airlines flies to 78 domestic mainline destinations and 108 international destinations in 69 countries across Asia, Americas, Europe, Oceania, and Africa not including cities only served by United Express. The carrier, along with British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Korean Air, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and South African Airways, is one of the few airlines that fly to all six inhabited continents.
United operates an extensive domestic route network concentrated in the Midwest, West Coast and Southwest. It is the leading US carrier to Hawaii, as well as service to Asia, Australia, and Europe.
United Airlines operates 706 mainline aircraft, with an average fleet age of 13 years. As of February 2013, its fleet consists of the following aircraft.
|Founded||1926 (as Varney Airlines)|
|Commenced operations||1933 (as United Airlines)|
|Airport lounge||United Club|
|Company slogan||Let’s Fly Together|
|Parent company||United Continental Holdings, Inc.|
|Headquarters||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Revenue||US$37,110 million (FY 2011)|
|Operating income||US$1,822 million (FY 2011)|
|Net income||US$840 million (FY 2011)|
|Total assets||US$37,988 million (FY 2011)|
|Total equity||US$1,806 million (FY 2011)|