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About United Airlines


United Airlines Inc. is one of America’s leading airlines. Founded in 1926 and frequently referred to as just “United”, the airline is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. It is the world’s largest airline in terms of the number of destinations flown to, and the world’s second-largest in terms of the number of passenger miles flown. Both the airlines domestic and international routes are expansive, also covering the Asia-Pacific region comprehensively.

United is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's largest global airline alliance. Regional service is operated by independent carriers under the brand name United Express. Its main competitors are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines. United operates out of nine airline hubs located in Chicago, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. 

Quick Facts

  • Alliance: Star Alliance
  • Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • CEO: Oscar Munoz (8 Sep 2015–)
  • Frequent flyer program: MileagePlus
  • Magazine: Hemispheres
  • Parent organization: United Continental Holdings

Baggage Allowance

The maximum weight per piece of checked luggage is 23kg per bag for economy flights, and 32kg for BusinessFirst passengers. For United’s full luggage dimensions and further information check their website.

Routes

United flies to over 230 domestic and 112 international destinations. During 2010, the airline started operating scheduled flights to its first African destination, being to Accra, Ghana. This service was extended to Lagos, Nigeria, during the same year. The airline flies to scores of key international destinations from Washington, including Tokyo, Japan, the United Kingdom, China, Germany and Qatar and Bahrain in the UAE.

Frequent flier Program

MileagePlus

MileagePlus is the frequent flyer program for United Airlines.

Earn miles when you travel and when enjoying everyday activities, and then use your miles for travel, dining, shopping, and more. Our most frequent travelers can also receive special benefits.

United Club

The United Club is the airline lounge associated with United Airlines and United Express carriers. United Clubs feature snacks, hot foods, beverages, and many areas to relax. The United Club replaced the former United Red Carpet Club and Continental Airlines Presidents Club prior to the merger with Continental.

Among United's subscriptions that passengers pay an annual fee for include:

·         Free bag check annual subscription

·         Economy Plus access annual subscription

Fleet

As at 2016, United Airlines operates a fleet of over 700 mainline aircraft. The bulk of the fleet consists of Boeings, with the except of 56 Airbus A319-100s, 97 Airbus A320-200s and 35 Airbus A350-100s. The airline was also the first in the US to deploy a Boeing 787 Dreamliner along an international flight route.

  • Airbus A319-100 (61)
  • Airbus A320-200(97)
  • Boeing 737-700 (40)
  • Boeing 737-800 (137)
  • Boeing 737-900 (12)
  • Boeing 737-900ER (136)
  • Boeing 747-400 (20)
  • Boeing 757-200 (56)
  • Boeing 757-300 (21)
  • Boeing 767-300ER (35)
  • Boeing 767-400ER (16)
  • Boeing 777-200 (19)
  • Boeing 777-200ER (55)
  • Boeing 777-300ER (2)
  • Boeing 787-8 (12)
  • Boeing 787-9 (19)
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