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About the airline
United Airlines Inc. (www.united.com) 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.
The airline cancelled its Houston-Lagos flights during June 2016, leaving the likes of Arik Air, SAA and Delta Airlines to service the routes between Nigeria and North America.
United’s key air hubs are situated at the Antonio B Won Pat International Airport (Guam), Los Angeles, Narita (Tokyo), Denver, O’Hare, Washington Dulles and San Francisco International Airports, among others. The airline is a founding member of the Star Alliance, and its airmiles program for frequent flyers is called Mileage Plus.
During 2015 the airline reported annual revenues of US$37.86 billion, with a net income of US$7.34 billion. The airline’s total assets were valued at US$39.21 billion. By the beginning of 2016, the airline employed around 86,000 employees worldwide.
Key routes and destinations
United flies to over 230 domestic and 138 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.
United First Class Flights (GlobalFirst)
United’s first class cabin is known as GlobalFirst, and is offered on all their Boeing 747-400 aircraft. A standard GlobalFirst suite is 2m long, and reclines into a flat bed, offering first class passengers unrivalled comfort in this class. In June 2016 the airline announced the launch of Polaris, their new business class cabin aboard the new Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts. The new aircraft’s introduction is slated for December 2016.
United Business Class Flights (BusinessFirst)
BusinessFirst is offered on all of United’s wide-body aircraft, with the exception of domestically configured 777-200s). Business class travellers check in at separate counters, and are offered priority security screening where available. The in-flight service experience includes pre-flight drinks, priority boarding and baggage handling, and multi course meals developed by United Airline’s Congress of Chefs on all international flights. All BusinessFirst seats recline 180 degrees into a full flat bed.
Economy Plus and Economy Classes
Economy Plus is available on all United’s domestic and international aircraft.
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, click here.
To track the progress of any United Airlines flight live online, click here.
As of 2016, United Airlines has codesharing agreements in place with the likes of Air Canada, Aeromar, Aer Lingus, All Nippon Airways, Edelweiss Air, Eurowings, Jet Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways International, among others.
The United 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.
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