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About United Airlines
United Air Lines, Inc., operating as United Airlines, is a major U.S. airline and is also the world’s largest airline by number of destinations and scheduled passenger-kilometer flown. As of October 2012, United employs 88,253 people, and is headed by Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Smisek. It is a subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, formerly UAL Corporation, with corporate headquarters in Chicago. United’s largest hub is George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. 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 worldwide. The airline’s regional service is United Express.
United was founded in 1926 as Varney Air Lines, becoming Boeing Air Transport in 1927 when it was purchased by aircraft manufacturer Boeing. United became an independent company in 1934 and merged with Capital Airlines in 1961. In 2011, United merged with Continental Airlines, replacing its own tulip logo with Continental’s globe logo as well as their aircraft livery. The airline operates 706 aircraft, consisting of narrowbody Airbus A320 family, Boeing 737 Next Generation, and Boeing 757 aircraft as well as widebody Boeing 747, Boeing 767, 777, and 787 aircraft. The airline has single-aisle Boeing 737 Next Generation and 737 MAX aircraft as well as the widebody Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on order.