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United Airlines

United Airlines is one of the oldest airline company in the United States of America. It was founded in 1926 under the name “Boeing Air Transport”. At first, the airline served as an airmail carrier flying from New York to San Francisco via Chicago and Salt Lake City. In 1930, the company started carrying passengers. That was also when the world’s first stewardesses were put into service. The first female flight attendant was a nurse named Ellen Church. During the Second World War, United Airlines employees served in the armed forces, piloting bombers, transporting mail, and taking part in various battles.

In 1962, upon its merger with Capital Airlines, the company became the world’s second-largest air carrier, being exceeded only by Aeroflot. However, it wasn’t until 1983 that United Airlines operated its first international flight – from Portland and Seattle to Tokyo. In 1991, due to financial difficulties of Pan American World Airways, United Airlines decided to purchase its routes between the States and London Heathrow. After the bankruptcy of Pan Am, its Pacific route system was also acquired by United.

In 1988, United Airlines and four other carriers (Air Canada, Lufthansa, SAS, and Thai Airways International) co-founded the Star Alliance airline partnership.

In the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Al-Qaeda members hijacked two United Airlines airliners. Boeing 767-200ER crashed into the south tower while Boeing 757 – near Pennsylvania. As a result, the company reported a financial loss of nearly 2.1 billion dollars. However, thanks to the support of the U.S. government, it quickly returned to financial balance.

In 2010, United merged with Continental – both airlines continued to operate as subsidiaries of the newly created United Continental Holdings with the fleet of 692 aircraft and 370 airports in 59 countries served. All the flights were rebranded as United Airlines. In March 2012, Federal Aviation Administration approved the merger, so the two airlines are becoming one under a single operating license.


United Airlines allows passengers to take a cabin bag on board. It should always meet the size and weight restrictions specified by the airlines. They may vary depending on the booking class and the destination.
There are also specific dimensions and weight limits for the checked-in baggage. They depend on the booking class and the route too.

Travel Classes

Passengers traveling with United Airlines can choose between Premium, Business, and Economy booking fares. In the two former classes, there’s at least 120 cm of leg room and the leather seats recline into a fully flat bed. Passengers have access to individually adjustable reading lamps, seat-back screens, and video players. Sets of toiletries, pillows, and linens are also available to them. United Airlines was the first flight company in the world to offer app optimized for the iPod and iPhone with their entertainment systems.

Online Check-in

It is available within 24 hours of the scheduled departure time. It may, however, vary depending on the destination and the departure airport.


United Airlines fleet consists of 708 aircraft including Airbus A319-100, A320-200, Boeing 737-700, 737-800, 737-900, 737-900ER, 747-400, 757-400, 757-200, 747-300, 767-300ER, 767-400ER, 777-200, 777-200ER, 787-8, and 878-9.


Chicago O'Hare International Airport is located 27 kilometers northwest from the center of Chicago, Illinois, USA. The airport was named after Edward „Butch” O’Hare who was a naval aviator of the United States Navy. At the airport, travelers can find plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes, as well as duty-free shops. There is also a hotel and 10 car rentals with offices located in Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Free wireless internet service is available throughout the airport.

In-flight Meals

Economy class passengers are provided with complimentary beverages, including soft drinks, juice, tea, and freshly brewed coffee. Freshly made meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) can be chosen and purchased from the onboard menu. Beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages are available on all routes. Business and premium class travelers can enjoy delicious meals, starters, ice cream and desserts, fruit, cheese, alcohol drinks, and freshly brewed coffee.

Additional Services

Thanks to the in-flight entertainment system, passengers can browse through the selection of movies, TV programs, music videos, and games. Free WiFi is available on board of almost all planes. On long-haul routes, passengers can do shopping in Duty-Free onboard boutique which offers, e.g., jewelry, cosmetics, and perfumes. There’s also a frequent flyer program called MileagePlus available to passengers traveling on a certain class of tickets.